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Training Day

I’m officially in my second month of personal training. I am loving it! While each week is basically the same I like to mix each of my strength training sessions up with some new exercises to keep my workouts fresh and interesting. I’ve also introduced some classes into the schedule like yoga and pilates for balance, flexibility and core strength.

I split my strength training days into two groups because that’s what works best for my daily schedule: Day 1 – Back and Biceps, Legs and Abs, Day 2 – Chest and Triceps, Abs.

The reason I split my sessions in this way is because Back and Biceps, Chest and Triceps are complimentary muscle groups, meaning you often use one when you work out the other. For example, I did a bench press for my chest and that movement also made my triceps work hard. And abdominals can be worked out every time you do any strength training.

Others like to do full body workouts, while others focus on upper body (arms, chest, back, abs) one day and lower body (legs, glutes, hips) the next. I think that the most important part of a strength training routine is making sure you have at least one rest day in between lifting to make sure your muscles have enough time to heal. And, if your muscles feel extra sore, don’t push yourself and lift more weights but wait until you are fully recovered. Rest is just as important as a proper strength training schedule.

Next week I’ll give you some of my favorite strength training exercises to try on your own. And remember, lifting weights is a great compliment to any fitness routine as it builds a stronger body to burn fuel faster and minimize injury! 🙂