Farryn Melton’s Tips on Developing a Weight Training Routine, Part 1

June 14, 2011 § Leave a comment

Tip 1: Figure out why you’re weight training.

There are many good reasons to consider weight training, regardless of your fitness goals. Some of the most common reasons include weight loss, strength building, improved health, toning, and training for sports. The weight training routine most appropriate for strength building, for instance, won’t necessarily work for weight loss.

If you are trying to lose weight, focus on low-intensity weight training that builds lean muscle slowly over a period of time. If developing strength is your goal, prioritize high-weight exercises with plenty of rest in between. For general health improvement, chose a moderate weight training routine that alternates with cardiovascular exercise and targets all muscle groups. For sports performance, focus more heavily (although not exclusively) on those muscles necessary to excel.

Tip 2: Consider factors in age, gender, and health.

Age, gender, and health will play a role in determining the appropriateness of a weight training routine. Generally speaking, younger people can handle more aggressive routines because their joints and ligaments are still strong and flexible. As people age, their weight training needs to accommodate decreased flexibility.

If you are a pregnant woman, you should seek the advice of a certified trainer to help in the development of your routine, as certain exercises may pose risks to your child. In addition, if you have long-term medical conditions, you may need to consult your doctor or a physical therapist before designing your routine.

Finally, while it is true that men tend to be stronger than women, this general rule does not apply in all cases. Design your routine with your gender in mind, but also listen to the particular needs of your body.

continued at Farryn Melton’s Tips on Developing a Weight Training Routine, Part 2

About the author: Farryn Melton serves as the Chief Procurement Officer at Amgen, one of the largest biotechnology companies in the world. Farryn Melton holds over two decades of experience in the procurement industry and has worked with several top pharmaceutical firms.

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