Importance of Strength Training + Beginner Routine
While cardio is good for you, strength training is even more important to
burn fat while you're not even working out! A good rule to follow is to strength
train 2-3 times a week. Make sure you have a day of rest in between so your muscles
can recover properly. Also, after every strength training session, I drink a protein
shake or bar that has at least 20g of protein in it within 45 minutes. This is KEY!
I didn't do this until I met Jared, and it's CRAZY how much more defined my muscles
are! The protein feeds your muscles and keeps them fueled to burn fat at rest, and
look toned ;)
I would start out with a light weight, maybe 8 or 10 pounds.
(Just see what feels best to you and go with it!) I like to do 3 sets of 12 reps for my strength training stuff. This is what I do with free weights: Bicep Curls Overhead lifts Squats Lunges (12 on EACH leg) Shoulder raises (you will have to decrease your weight for these.
I use a 6 pound, so you might try 3 or 4 at first)
For these, you lift your arms in front, then to the side. Abs: I would start out with about 50 crunches, 25 side crunches,
and 3 sets of 12 leg lifts.
My Week Looks Like This:
MWF- Strength Training
T/TH/SAT - Dance it Out and Step group fitness classes. (or any cardio
if I'm not able to make a class)