Five Tips For Choosing The Most Effective Strength Training Workouts For Women
When you've decided to start some strength training workouts, there are a few things you should know to make sure you choose the right program.
Let's look at five things that will help you find suitable workouts.
1. Time Commitment
How much time can you realistically spend on your strength training workouts per week? If you can only workout three times a week, don't start a program that calls for five. Right from the start, be realistic. Choose a program that you actually have a chance of completing. That will help to keep you motivated.
2. Variety Of Exercises
Make sure your weight training workouts include plenty of variety. There's nothing worse than doing the same exercises over and over again. Not only is this going to make you bored and unmotivated – it's also going to halt your progress as you reach a plateau. Try and find a workout that changes the exercises around at least once every three to four weeks.
3. Length Of Workout Session
How long does each workout take to complete? If you're pressed for time and your workout takes 60 minutes, there's a strong chance that you'll just skip it altogether. Find workouts that fit the time you have available. If you're choosing the exercises correctly, there's no reason why you can't do a very effective workout in 30 minutes.
4. Progression Level
What's included in the program to ensure that you do make progress? Some workout programs only provide one progress level and will hold you back. Instead, look for a program that builds up over time and allows you to get stronger and fitter. That means you should be doing harder exercises over time. That will also inspire you to stick with your fitness plan over the long term.
5. Proper Warm-Up And Cool-Down Before And After The Workout
Your workout should have a 5- to 10-minute warm up and cool down session before and after the main exercises. The warm up will ensure that your muscles are ready to take the challenge you give them. Also it'll help prevent injury. Stretching your muscles after the main workout will help you reduce the soreness because of the unusual stress you put on your body.
So there you have it. Keep these five factors in mind when you're looking for a strength training program. By making sure your strength training workouts meet these requirements, your time will be well invested.
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