|Strong is the new sexy.|
Why is strength training so important? Cardio torches calories. We got that one down.
BUT, weight training can torch calories too. How? By replacing fat tissue with muscle. Huh? Muscle tissue consumes more energy (burns more calories) at rest than fat tissue. Meaning that if you burn fat and build lean muscle through strength training that your body will actually burn more calories in a typical day than it did before. Can you do that elliptical? Didn't think so!
|Lat Pulldown Machine|
This workout is a full body workout based around machines. Machines are good for beginners. They will help teach you proper form and there is less risk of injury. As you feel more comfortable with machines then you can progress to dumbbell lifts and more explosive free-standing exercises.
Beginner Strength Circuit Workout
|Ready to leg press|
Goal: Move through each exercise with minimal rest between machines. Use a weight that is difficult for the last few repetitions.
- Leg Extension 1x15
- Leg Curl 1x15
- Leg Press 1x20
- Shoulder press machine 1x12
- Lat pulldown machine 1x12
- Leg Press 1x15
- Lateral Dumbbell raise 1x12 (this is the only free weight exercise. Hold dumbbells by your side and raise laterally to shoulder height keeping your palms down)
- Row Machine 1x20
|Leg Press- don't hyperextend your knees at the top and push through your heels.|
|Lying leg curl - for hamstrings|
Also don't be afraid to check out some classes at your gym. Bodypump is a good way to get cardio and strength training, while learning some of the classic strength training moves. And...you can always hire a knowledgeable, certified personal trainer to kick your butt and teach you how to
Are you ready? Get out there and lift some weights!
Love and pumping iron,
Carissa & Kyle