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Exercise is vital for good health and fitness, and certainly, any exercise is better than none. Unfortunately we tend to pick one type of exercise when a variety of exercises would provide additional benefits. Performing different types of exercise and workouts throughout the week will help you get leaner, stronger, healthier and reach your fitness goals.
Exercises generally fall into one of these categories:
Bodybuilding Versus Strength Training
To select the right approach to weight lifting and strength training, it is important to understand how a muscle gets stronger.
Best Of Both Worlds
Unless you are training solely for strength to support your participation in sports or the Olympics, why not try a combination of approaches in order to add lean muscle and get stronger? When planning your workouts, include 1-2 sets of lighter weights at 8-12 reps, 1-2 sets of moderate weights at 5-8 reps and finish each muscle group with heavy weights in the 3-5 repetition range. This approach is suitable for both men and women and will develop well defined muscle, reduce stored body fat and prevent loss of muscle and bone density often caused by aging.
While it is nice to join a fancy gym with a huge selection of barbells, dumbbells and resistance machines, you can get started at home with little or no equipment and add equipment as you progress in your training. Regardless of your approach, always work your entire body and as a beginner, do not train more than every other day in order to avoid injury and overtraining. Full body workouts will help you build a solid foundation with strong legs, chest, back and shoulders.
You can start your training with only your own body weight as resistance. Warm up ( jumping rope is ideal) then move to a variety of push ups, planks, lunges, and bodyweight squats. Find a park with a jungle gym or purchase an inexpensive pull up bar and add pullups and chinups to your bodyweight routine.
Barbells, Dumbbells and Kettlebells
Once you have your weights, your basic full body routine should include:
These five simple exercises, performed every other day, will train your entire body effectively in the minimum amount of time!
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