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7/31/13 2:47 P

Context given was, uhh, well, zero.

It always matters what your goals are.

I would never suggest that someone start doing something that wastes their time. Although it's a good point that doing any ST, or even pseudo-ST, is very probably less of a waste of time than bloody fitness minutes.

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7/31/13 11:35 A


The context of the original poster makes it pretty clear they are a beginner.

AT THIS STAGE, it doesn't matter so much what their goals are, or the specific program they are following.

What matters is that they start, and that they are doing ST safely.

Let's not overcomplicate things at this stage.


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7/31/13 11:20 A

First decide what you're strength training for, then figure out what to do. You may find that you don't want to train for strength, but for muscle endurance or hypertrophy.

But, if you do want to get stronk and in the absence of specific goals, BB's program is the most efficient you will find, period. Go to Starting Strength if you want something slightly more in-depth (it covers a few more muscles and exercises).

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7/30/13 2:10 P

I started with simple exercises that I found in magazines - crunches, biceps curls with free weights, some stuff on my stability ball - and I worked my way up to a 20 minute strength training routine. I add and subtract moves if I see something that looks interesting

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7/30/13 1:56 P

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7/28/13 9:07 P

stretch bands are a good place to start. Sparks has some videos to help.

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7/28/13 6:30 A

You might also want to try some of the strength training videos Coach Nicole has posted in the fitness section. You don't need a lot of equipment to start. Do you have a set of resistance bands ? If not, I'm going to encourage you to buy a set. You can find them for cheap at any Walmart, Target, Sears or even TJ Maxx. Resistance bands are a great way to strength train.

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7/28/13 3:45 A

Try Spark's REference Guide to Strength Training.


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7/27/13 11:35 P

I been walking a lot but want to do strength training any tips on how to start

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