5 tips for starting a strength program
Strengthening programs are a great way to improve overall fitness and prevent injuries. Whether
you want to improve your sports performance or simply stay healthy and strong, a well-designed
strength program can help you achieve your goals. Here are some tips on how to start a
strengthening program the right way.
- Assess Your Current Fitness Level
Before you start any new exercise program, it’s important to assess your current fitness level. This
will help you determine which exercises are appropriate for you and prevent injury. You can do this
by tracking your current activities and noting what you can and can’t do. This will guide you in
working out what areas of the body you want to make stronger. If it is your first time doing strength
exercises it is often best to enlist the help of a health professional such as your Osteopath or
personal trainer for this step particularly.
- Set Realistic Goals
Once you’ve assessed your fitness level, it’s time to set realistic goals. Whether you’re looking to gain
strength, improve endurance or reduce body fat, setting specific and measurable goals is key to
success. Be sure to make these goals achievable and realistic so that you’ll stay motivated
throughout the program. Write these goals down as it will help to keep you accountable.
- Choose the Right Exercises
When starting a strengthening program, you’ll want to prioritize compound exercises as they target
multiple muscle groups at once. Some examples of these exercises include squats, deadlifts, bench
press, rows, pull-ups, and lunges. However, keep in mind that not all exercises work for everyone.
Therefore, it’s important to choose exercises that work best for you and your goals.
- Start with the Basics
It’s essential to begin strength training with the basics. This means perfecting form and technique
before adding weight or increasing the intensity of your exercises. Starting with lighter weights and
focusing on building proper form and technique is important when just getting started. This will help
you minimize the risk of injury and ensure that you’re targeting the right muscles.
- Consistency is Key
Finally, consistency is key when it comes to any exercise program. Make sure to set aside time each
week to work on your strength and stick to your schedule. This will help you see results and stay on
track with your goals.
In conclusion, starting a strengthening program is a great way to improve your overall fitness and
wellbeing. By assessing your current fitness level, setting realistic goals, choosing the right exercises,
starting with the basics, and staying consistent, you’ll be on your way to becoming a stronger and
healthier individual. Remember to listen to your body and seek guidance from professionals when
needed. The Osteopath’s at Blackburn Allied Health Group are well trained with assessment of your
body and prescription of exercises to suit your needs. Most importantly when exercising, have fun
and enjoy getting the body moving.