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9 Strength Training Tips Every Beginner Should Know

If in-person training is not an option for you, many personal trainers now offer virtual sessions. If you decide to go that route, make sure the trainer can catch your form from various angles so it can better mimic what they’d see in person. “From the front, their form can look amazing with a squat,…

If in-person training is not possible, many personal trainers offer virtual sessions. You should make sure that the trainer can capture your form from different angles to better match what they see in person. Fagan says that while their form may look great from the front with a squat but if they ask for a side view, you can see their torso leaning forward.

A personal coach can help you learn the basic movements that will be used in many of the exercises. You’ll be more prepared to move forward safely and effectively because they can make real-time corrections to any form.

If a personal trainer isn’t right for you, online tutorials can help you learn what a proper move should look like, and working out in front of a mirror (or videoing yourself on your phone) can help you make sure you’re executing it correctly, Holly Roser, a certified personal trainer and owner of Holly Roser Fitness in San Francisco, told SELF previously.

3. Get some equipment.

While starting with bodyweight moves will be key, eventually you will want weight training to include weight lifting. Although weights were hard to find online during the coronavirus epidemic, they are slowly coming back in stock.

If you are able to find them, dumbbells offer the most user-friendly weight option. They are more accessible than barbells and kettlebells which require more training. She suggests that you should have three sets of dumbbells: one for light, one for medium, and one to heavy. Another option is to invest in an adjustable set of weights, which can be a real space saver if you know you’re going to want access to heavier weights too.

Other non-weight equipment, which is often easier to find than actual weights, can be great for mixing up your workouts. This includes things like mini bands, looped resistance bands, sliders, or suspension trainers (like TRX), says Fagan.

4. Before you begin, prepare your muscles.

A proper warm-up is a key part of a strong strength training program. A foam roller is a great way to get your muscles moving again. Davis says that foam rolling helps loosen tight muscles and allows them to function the way they were designed. If you have a percussive massage gu

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