You might already have a regular workout schedule and are now ready to tackle a bigger challenge. Perhaps you’ve worked out for several years but haven’t been making much progress lately. Or maybe you’ve never weight trained before, but you’d like to learn how to do it correctly, from the start. Whatever your reason—this book is for you.
Myths often abound with regards to strength training, so allow me to dispel them. This book will show you that you won’t become bulky; instead, you’ll develop a stronger and tighter body, cut a trimmer figure, and boost your self-confidence. Strength training is all about daring to be better and pushing oneself a little bit further.
Considering the many benefits you will reap, I sincerely hope you will get on board a strength training program even if you’re unsure about giving it a try. Weight training strengthens the skeletal system, stimulates weight loss, decreases the risk of injury, increases stamina, and improves the quality of sleep. In other words, you’ll have the energy to play with your kids; you can remain seated for longer periods of time without beginning to slouch; you’ll be able to carry your grocery bags without your arms feeling like they’re going to fall off, and you’ll feel happier about your appearance. Is there anything wrong with these things?
My own interest in strength training began many years ago when I wanted to get back in shape after giving birth to my third child. Naturally, I was worried about developing bulky thighs and large biceps, but I closed my eyes, trusted the information I had read, and noticed my body’s transformation—and I fell in love. The love is still going strong to this day; I yearn for my dumbbells every morning. Even now, it’s such a joy to grab a pair of heavyweights and think of how far I’ve come with the help of strength training. It’s still a special feeling to walk into a gym and take in the smell of metal—weight training doesn’t just change you physically, it enables you to evolve mentally as well. You push, you hold, you wring every last ounce of energy from your muscles—and you’ll feel like a winner.
So, welcome to the exciting world of strength training! I promise you results you could once only dream of. That is on the condition, of course, that you don’t skip any of these steps or break from the program’s routines.
Make the best of what you have, push yourself hard, and enjoy your success!