Whether you have been doing strength training workout for a while now or have just gotten started, there are certain questions that you have been pondering on for a while now and would want to know the answers for. Here, I attempted to provide answers to five common strength training workout questions.
Should I do strength training workout in the morning or at night?
There is no right or wrong answer to this question. The best time of the day to exercise is when you feel the most energized. Some folks are morning persons and others are evening people. Depending on your daily work or school schedule, you may have time only in the morning. If that is the case, I highly suggest you condition yourself to becoming a morning person. That means you may want to go to bed early to get enough sleep and recuperate from the day before. If you workout at a public gym, look at the advantages of working out in the morning: less people are at the gym, which means you can use most of the equipment without a wait. That also means, when you come back home in the evening, you have more time for yourself. Ultimately, the best time of the day to exercise is your decision to make, and yours only. Remember, there is no excuse to NOT workout.
Can I do strength training exercises every day?
No, you always have to make sure that you take a day or two off. That allows the muscle tissues to repair and for the body to recoup. Remember, your body doesn’t build muscles at the gym, but rather while you are resting. I typically recommend that you do strength training 5 to 6 days a week. However, make sure you vary the exercises each subsequent day. For example, on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays you can do the following exercise program: a) staggered pushups, b) prison squats, c) military pull-ups on the iron gym total upper body workout bar, d) splits squats, and e) burpees. On Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturday (the 6th day is optional), do another set of routines for example: a) spiderman pushups, b) plank walk, c) triceps dips, d) high knees, and e) power jacks.
How many reps of each routine should I perform?
There’s no defined number of reps for exercise routines. The rule of thumb is, if you are trying to bulk up, you should go for lower reps and heavier weights, and if you are looking to get lean and trim up, your exercise routines should consist of lower weights and higher reps. A word of advise, just don’t pick up a weight that is insignificant, but one that challenges you a bit.
How many sets of each workout should I do?
Everything depends on your level. If you are a beginner, you should focus more on performing the exercises properly, rather than setting a goal for a certain number of sets. As you go through the strength training consistently for two weeks or so, you would have built up stamina that would allow you to push yourself even further. The ultimate number of sets depends on the level of intensity of the exercise session. In the end, as long as you feel you have pushed yourself slightly beyond your comfort zone, then you should get some results from the strength training workout.
I always feel sore after my strength training workout, is that OK?
The answer is it depends. You are to listen to your body and use your judgment. No matter whether you are lifting weight at the gym or performing bodyweight exercises at home or doing outdoor workout routines, you absolutely have to keep proper form in order to avoid workout-related injuries. So for example, if the soreness you are feeling can be described as: Yesterday I did some dumbbell curls and my biceps are sore. That is a good kind of soreness. In contrast a bad kind of soreness could be described as: I did some squat three days ago, and my knees still hurt. Keep a close eye on how properly you perform your bodyweight exercises.
There you have it. I hope the answers were helpful. If you have doubts about how much progress you can make doing strength training and bodyweight exercises at home, you should not. There are plenty of exercise routines that you can do right in the comfort of your home, and still achieve the body you desire. And if you like outdoor workout routines like I do, I would also highly recommend you get to do more of those. Good luck!