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When beginning weight-lifting, should one do endurance training or strength training first?

When beginning weight-lifting, should one do endurance training or strength training first?

Weight training: I think it is best to start with low weights and higher reps combined with flexibility program. Then progress up to strength training with higher weights. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Strength Training (Definition)

Strength training is to improve muscle mass. This can come from lifting weights, yoga, circuit training, etc. It is great at all ages but definitely needed to stop ...Read more


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Is it possible to get abs while strength training?

Is it possible to get abs while strength training?

Yes: Getting abs is a function of two things: losing body fat (which is probably 90% of it) and building abdominal strength. So if you are strength training and are in a "bulking" phase, you may get stronger and put on body fat at the same time and lose abdominal definition and be gaining abdominal strength. So it really depends on your definition of getting abs. ...Read more

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Which is better for weight loss: high energy training or endurance training?

Which is better for weight loss: high energy training or endurance training?

Differs: Different in the time required to burn the calories and the stress on your system. Many like to mix it up and do both. Whatever works best for you and your lifestyle and obligations is the best. Good Luck. (of course, diet is crucial). ...Read more

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What are optimal conditions to achieve gains strength training?

What are optimal conditions to achieve gains strength training?

Depends on stage: The good news is that if you are new to strength training, almost anything you do will lead to gains. The most important thing to do at first is to learn proper technique so that you set up a lifetime of good habits, and injury-free training. Two extremely effective three day a week beginner programs include starting strength and stronglifts. Both emphasize whole body compound exercises. ...Read more

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Is strength training safe for children?

Only after puberty.: Children should work out with there own body weight, ie. Erunning, push ups, chins, flexibility, etc. After puberty begins, they can start resistance traing with weights, but following proper supervision. ...Read more

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If I do zumba do I need to do strength training as well?

If I do zumba do I need to do strength training as well?

No: Zumba is popular because it is fun, fast, and music fueled. It substitutes movement of your body(inertia) for classical weight based resistance. You can strengthen with zumba when you move low to high postures or use resistance hand tools to keep rhythm. ...Read more

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Are push ups and pull ups enough for strength training?

Are push ups and pull ups enough for strength training?

Just for your arms.: Push ups and pull ups if done properly will strengthen your back, shoulders, chest and forearms. You can add properly done lunges or knee bends, squat thrusts, windmills, jumping jacks, sit ups or calf raises to round out your workout. Search the web for "Calisthenics" to get more specific information and to use the pictures to make sure you are doing them properly. ...Read more

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Which is better for you: aerobic exercise or strength training?

Which is better for you: aerobic exercise or strength training?

Not necessarily: Either. They serve different purposes and, remember, if you cut down your intensity(amount of weight) and increase volume(repetitions) and reduce rest intervals, weight training can be quite aerobic too. In a perfect world your exercise regimen would be a combination of both, which is why there is a strong movement towards aerobically focused resistance training. ...Read more