At Home Training Part 1

Where should you start with at home strength training?
1) It is great to start out with two sets of weights. Why? Well, two reasons. First, you want two sets because different exercises are going to require you to lift more or less weight. For instance, a squat is probably going to require more weight lifted because your quads (the main muscle group used in a squat) are a stronger muscle group than something like your triceps, which would require less weight to be lifted for results. Second, you want two sets of weights so that you have something to progress towards. Yes, you can also progress with sets/reps/speed/frequency, but weight lifted and how much you are progressing with this weight, is important.
2) How do I pick weight sizes if I don’t have them at home already? Do NOT buy weights online! Not only are they pricey (heavy and therefore shipping costs are horrendous), you really need to go and give different sizes a test drive before buying. Most of my clients are looking to GAIN muscle and if this is the case for you, you want to pick a set of weights that you can lift at least 8 times in a row. The 8-15 rep range for an exercise is primarily used to stimulate muscle growth (also called hypertrophy training). After you pick that first set, your second set should be around 5 lbs heavier so that you can progress.

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