Strength Training - How I Started

Strength Training - How I Started

Embarking on a strength training routine can be daunting, especially if you’re new to the concept. I remember when I first started; the sheer number of exercises and techniques felt overwhelming.

However, with the right approach, strength training can become a rewarding and enjoyable part of your fitness journey. Here's how I built my strength training routine and how you can too.

When I first walked into the gym, I had no idea where to start. Everything seemed intimidating, especially all the other people around me. They all seemed like natural-born athletes, and I felt clearly out of my depth.

Instead of competing, I just focused on what I could do. One piece of advice that stayed with me was, "Quality over quantity."

This guided me to focus on performing each rep correctly rather than rushing through sets or trying to do too much.

As I grew more comfortable with the basics, I introduced weights. I used the concept of progressive overload, which involves gradually increasing the weight, frequency, or number of repetitions in your strength training routine.

With each passing day, my confidence grew, as did my sense of achievement.

I was taught to follow a split routine, targeting different muscle groups on different days. This structure allowed adequate rest for each muscle group, promoting recovery and growth.

Incorporating rest days is vital, as muscles need time to repair and strengthen.

Staying motivated is challenging, especially on days when progress seems slow. I recorded the weights, sets, and reps for each exercise.

Seeing my progress on paper was incredibly motivating. The most transformative change was my mindset.

I had always grown up thinking that life was about being brainy or brawny, and I wanted to be brainy.

Until I realized that being brainy needed a healthy body. Man or woman, both need strength training.

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