I have never done resistance training before – how should I start?
Resistance training is a great way to develop strength and create a "whole" body. The more lean muscle tissue you develop, the more calories you'll burn, and the better your body will handle all of life's challenges, both mentally and physically. It is important to try to work out the upper body, lower body and core. The core consists of the lower back, hips, upper and lower abdominal, and obliques. Not only should you work all three areas, you should also concentrate on working the anterior (front) and posterior (back) part of the body, to avoid imbalance in muscle. That is why it's a good idea to find exercises that work many different muscle groups at once – see the exercise demos in the Fitness Resource Center. A good way to start is by using the fitness plan set for you in your Exercise Tracker. After 4-6 weeks of doing the same routine, you can click "Get a New Strength Plan" and a new program will be generated for you. This will give you a good foundation to build on.
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