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5 Things for Perfect Strength Training

So you've been pumping iron at the gym — bravo! Make sure that you're getting the most out of all your hard work by incorporating these five things into your program:

  1. Warm up: It can be short, but the object is to get the blood flowing so you don't injure yourself.
  2. Breathe More: I know it seems like a no brainer for me to tell you to breathe, but a lot of us hold our breath while lifting weights. Be sure to exhale during the hard part of your move.
  3. Slow It Down: Faster seems easier because it is. The slower you go, the more muscle fibers get involved, which means a fuller workout.
  4. Keep Abs Tight: Not only will you burn more calories since you're using more muscles, but using your abs helps keep your form.
  5. Stretch: When all is said and done, nothing feels better than a post weight lifting stretch.


Join The Conversation
Hoaxerz Hoaxerz 9 years
Funny how a month ago it was accelerated reps that were better...while I disagreed with that article, this one is spot on. Another tip is to concentrate on contracting your muscles rather than just going through the motions. Also, remember to progress in your training; sticking with the same load (whether weight or number of sets/reps) is useless.
syako syako 9 years
gah, I don't think you need a trainer to tell you what's right - especially since most of them probably don't say up on the fitness research :ponder:
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
Thats why you need a trainer to tell you what's right for you.
Martini-Rossi Martini-Rossi 9 years
I tell ya, every day I hear something different about strength training. I honestly dont know what to believe anymore.
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
I thought a few weeks back faster reps were recommended. Fit?
rosey_y rosey_y 9 years
*on the breathing
rosey_y rosey_y 9 years
Thanks for the tips! I need to work in the breathing. Stretching feels so awesome after weights. I like to do weights before a yoga class so I can get a nice gentle cool down and stretch out.
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