Five Rules To Follow If You Want To Be Strong

Five Rules To Follow If You Want To Be Strong

Originally appeared on Women’s Health. 

Strength training isn’t just the foundation of a good workout, allowing you to work out faster, harder, and more efficiently. It also makes performing everyday activities—running to catch the bus or a cab, carrying groceries, scooping up your kids for a hug, opening jars, picking up something you drop—way easier. However, building strength goes beyond simply eating right and lifting weights. We went straight to the pros for their five must-follow tips if you’re serious about getting strong. Here’s what they had to say.

Focus On Form

Form takes precedence over everything—period. “Never sacrifice your form to hit a new weight,” says Taylor Chamberlain, an A.C.E.-certified personal trainer. “If you don’t have your form down, you can injure yourself and you won’t be properly utilizing the muscles you’re hoping to work.” In other words, if you follow one rule on the list, make it this one.

Go Back To Basics

“Just because you see a unique exercise on Instagram where you stand on a Bosu ball while doing jumping jacks and biceps curls doesn’t mean that it’s any better than good old-fashioned squats,” Chamberlain says. Keep basic compound movements (like deadlifts, lunges, and squats) and bodyweight movements (like pullups, pushups, and tricep dips) a core part of your workout. “Oftentimes, old-school moves are the best,” Chamberlain says.

Don’t Be Scared Of The Weight Room

The myth that weights are going to make you bulky is one that just doesn’t seem to die, but it’s not true. (Just look at these photos of women who lift heavy on the regular, if you don’t believe us.) “Women are more active than ever, and strength training allows you to remain healthier longer, stave off osteoperosis, and aids in recovery when injuries do occur,” says Nashville-based trainer Erin Oprea, owner of Oprea Personal Fitness (she’s the trainer responsible for Carrie Underwood’s bangin’ body.)


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