The 4 most important questions before starting to strength train

Strength training is a good way to gain muscle, improve your physic and ward off fat. But embarking on a strength program haphazardly can leave you injured or overly exhausted. Here are 4 areas that you should consider before starting to strength train.

What do I want? – Your strength goals can vary from putting on muscle to being able to lift a certain amount of weight. Your goals could be simpler at the start and may involve only being able to play with your kids and easily normal activities. Your end goal may change as time goes by, but you should have a general idea of where you’re heading.

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Why do I want it? – Most people, even the fittest people, don’t want to workout the majority of times. Often when your start working out, you will have a variety of reasons why you shouldn’t start your work out. The reason why you want to workout could be as simple as giving you a longer life and reducing the effects of aging. This would mean that you would have the energy and the time to enjoy the things you love for longer.

Does this actually fit into my desired lifestyle? – Your strength-training plan should fit into your lifestyle. For example, you may not be able to complete a 3-hour workout schedule every other day, due to work commitments. Therefore to stay consistent, decide on how long you can spend on your program to ensure you stick with it. This could be as short at 10 – 30 minutes every other day.

Who do I need to become to get it? – This may include waking up half an hour earlier to make your way to the gym or to fit in your workout at home before you head to work.