What is Strength Training? The Benefits and a Program for Beginners

What is Strength Training?

Lifting weights with the goal of gaining physical strength. Squats, deadlifts, presses, rows.

This also includes bodyweight exercises like pushups, dips, pullups and lunges.

That’s the meaning on the surface. Let’s dig deeper and ask, what is strength training to me?

It’s an attitude, an approach.

A tool of self-discovery and self-improvement.

A guide to understanding yourself and your fears.

To get in touch with your true strength, body and mind. See how far you can go, test your will.

Fail on a lift and try again until you get it. Achieve!

It’s a sanctuary. An aspect of your life you have control over. You don’t need much time or equipment to benefit from strength training.

Use a strength training log to track progress. See how far you have come, and where you want to go.

There is much to learn if you listen to your body and the experience of others who have been there and done that.

Strength training carries over to daily life in many ways.

Physical strength, character, sticking to a plan, discipline, learn to grow and adapt and find things out for yourself. Independence and excitement that you are in control over some of your life.

Using a barbell or dumbbells, kettlebells, body weight resistance to gain strength. This website encourages free-weight strength training and minimal use of machine exercises.

 

Benefits of Strength Training

 

There are many benefits for the body and mind. Increased testosterone levels, flexibility, cardiovascular fitness, stronger joints.

Physical fitness, general health. including increased bone, muscle, tendon and ligament strength and toughness, reduced potential for injury, a temporary increase in metabolism.

Build will and character. Beyond physical strength, there is the added bonus of mind strength.

Build confidence and self-esteem. You have tested yourself with training and you have overcome. You see not limits but challenges.

Strength training improves sleep patterns. Reduces stress, improves mood, is anti-aging. There are so many studies done on the benefits of strength training. I have experienced many of them.

 

Strength Training for Beginners


If you are a beginner I recommend Starting Strength or Stronglifts 5x5 for your strength training program.

Stick to the basics and get stronger. Start with just the barbell and work on form. Progress will come quick and the more you nail down your technique, the longer you will make gains.

No need for fancy machines or expensive supplements. A squat rack, a good amount of whole foods, and plenty of rest will serve you well.

For conditioning start with some low intensity activity like walking, biking, or swimming.

Go easy on cardio as you begin a strength training program, your body needs to get adapted to the stress of a new routine.

What is strength training? It’s much more than just lifting weights. For me it’s a lifelong quest, body and mind. I hope you join me.

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