TRAIN TIPS

by Kevin Lerena

Kev's Training Tips

New to working out? You might be wondering where to start. Follow these gym tips for beginners to feel stronger — physically and mentally — before and after every gym session.

Beginners often flock to the treadmills and stationary cycles because these machines are easy for all ages and ability levels. But don't get stuck in a cardio rut — try incorporating at least two days of strength training into your weekly routine. If you aren't feeling ready to explore the weight room, remember that bodyweight exercises can be just as effective at building strength.

If you're not sweating by the end of your workout, perhaps you aren't pushing yourself hard enough. Try to reach an "out of breath" state at least once during your workout by incorporating high-intensity movements like sprinting, jumping jacks, burpees or squat jumps.

Losing weight, gaining strength, boosting endurance and increasing flexibility are all long-term goals — so don't expect to reach ultimate strength in a single week. Be realistic about the goals you set for yourself. For example, see if you can add five more pounds to your shoulder press or shave ten seconds off of your mile time within a month.