Are You Ready to Start Strength Training?
What are factors to consider when considering strength training?
Hi I'm author, speaker and trainer JJ Flizanes with JJFlizanes.com. I'm here today on behalf of About.com to help you answer the question: are you ready to start strength training? Here are some factors to consider. Number one, your fitness level. How fit are you, and where is your goal in terms of how fit you want to be? Number two, do you have any injuries? Making sure that your strength training routine does not exacerbate or create any more injuries, and of course we want to rehab any that you currently do have. Number three, your intensity level and your duration. What fits in your lifestyle? The one thing about exercise, if it doesn't fit in your lifestyle, you're probably not going to do it.Now, who is a good candidate to start a strength training program? Well if you're someone who is wanting to lose weight and not finding that you're having success because you're only doing cardiovascular type exercises, then you absolutely want to consider strength training. If you're someone who is over 50, especially women, who have gained weight all of a sudden and can't seem to get rid of it. Strength training is absolutely necessary for increasing your lean muscle mass and increasing your metabolism. And if you're over 50 or aging or just feeling generally weak and are starting to get more injured than you used to in the past, absolutely strength training is necessary for you to gain that strength back, so you can protect your joints.Thanks for watching. For more information, please visit us online at About.com.