It’s unrealistic to believe that you’ll be fluent in a new language after one week of studying. By the same token, why beat yourself up over not being able to strength train at the gym with people who have been training for longer than you? Strength training takes time, so don’t get discouraged if you don’t see results right away. To prepare yourself properly, here are eight essential principles to remember when strength training:
1. Start small
Adding a new habit to your life is difficult and can take time away from other things in your life. Get into the habit of strength training by starting with a few reps for just a short period of time. As it become easier, you can increase the number of repetitions.
2. Be patient
You can’t master strength training in a day, a week, or even a month. Remember you won’t see results or master the moves instantaneously.
3. Begin with bodyweight movements
Success with strength training requires building a foundation, which begins with bodyweight movements. This means doing the same moves you would with weights, without the weights at first. As you build strength, you can gradually add more weight.
4. Think compound movements
If you’re crunched for time like many of us are, think about using compound exercises that utilize multiple muscle groups. Some of these exercises include squats, dead lifts, chin ups, and hip thrusts....