TRAIN TIPS

by Jamie Riddle

Here's a couple of training tips!

Strength training provides a wealth of benefits to the body. It’s an incredible way to lose weight, improve body mechanics and posture, and build muscle; but it can also be a daunting prospect to get started. Whether you’re just beginning with a strength training regimen, or you’ve already come a long way in your journey and want to get even better, try some of these tips to help you reach your goals.

Exhale as you slowly lift the weight or work to the maximum point of resistance. Then inhale as you work your way back. This will allow you to focus your body’s efforts more effectively, and help you remember to keep breathing while you exercise, which can reduce your risk of injury.

With almost every strength training exercise, there’s a right way and a wrong way to do things. And if you do it incorrectly, you’re increasing the likelihood of injury, which may prevent you from exercising for several weeks.

Over time you’ll start to increase the weight resistance and your endurance will substantially improve — but how much? Are you continuing to improve over time, or have you been stuck for a while? Whether you opt to use an app or prefer traditional pen and paper, make sure you’re tracking your progress over time. This will let you look back on your accomplishments and see exactly how far you’ve come. Reflecting on your improvements will provide you with plenty of incentive to keep pushing in the future.