Strength Training is for Everyone (Part Two)

I talked in part one about the benefits of strength training for women. So how do you start a strength training program? The two most popular options when deciding how to begin are – 1. Joining a Gym, 2. Purchasing weights or resistance bands for home use. There are different benefits to each choice, and you just have to decide your personal preference.

Benefits to joining a gym:  Gyms offer state of the art equipment, and they maintain it. Many gyms offer trainers to help you learn to use the equipment. At a gym, you will have the choice of free weights and machines.  Other people will be at the gym working out, which can be a motivator to some. Gyms do cost money, but several major gym chains are now offering very low monthly prices with no contracts.

Benefits of a home gym:  It’s open 24 hours a day! You can workout whenever you choose – no childcare needed – in your pjs if you want! There will not be other people working out, which is an intimidator to some.  The best benefit is that its FREE!

Whichever you decide is best for you can produce amazing results!  If you choose to purchase your own equipment for home use, what do you need? To get started, I would recommend getting three sizes of dumbbells – 10 lb, 12 lb, and 15 lb.  If you can only buy one set at a time, start with 10 lb. Another good option is to purchase resistance bands.  There are different sized bands that offer different resistance. Start by purchasing the lightest. That’s all you need to get started!

Now that you’ve got what you need to get started, we will look at different beginning strength training routines.  Part three will give you an upper body routine, and part four will look at some lower body exercises.