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You're reading this guide as a commitment to start lifting weights- awesome!! There was something that fueled you to make a change and introduce this into your life. Beginnings are great but can be even better with some structure and planning. Let's talk about how to begin a strength training program.

First off, decide what your goal is. Do you want to get stronger? Do you want to reshape your physique? Do you need an outlet for stress relief? Do you want to protect your body from the aging process? Your goal may be one, some or none of these, but that's okay! As long as you know what you want to ultimately achieve, you can tailor your program around this.

Secondly, consider your options. If your goal is to get stronger and you know you'll be squatting or bench pressing a lot, you're going to need the equipment for this. On the other hand, if you just want to tighten your physique, you may just need some dumbbells. Consider these options when evaluating your options in obtaining or having access to the proper equipment. Some goals can be easily reached at a home gym, others may require lots of equipment and work better at a fitness facility.

If you have any medical issues or concerns, please consult your doctor. Even a trainer will tell you this. Whether it's an old or preexisting injury or condition, be sure to consider and discuss this before starting a weight lifting regimen. The most frustrating thing when starting on a journey to health is finding out you reinjured a dormant injury and now are back to square one.

Lastly and absolutely most importantly, assess your mental readiness and ability to commit. Being halfheartedly committed to your goal isn't going to work. You have to know you can commit the time and win the mental battles. You have to set aside the time to get it done despite other things that may arise. You have to practice patience and understand those good things take time and this is no exception.

Whatever your reason for beginning a strength training journey, embrace it. Not only will you become physically stronger, but you will feel the change mentally as well. Our bodies are made to be sculpted and you have just taken the first step. Believe in yourself and you will be amazed at what you are capable of doing

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