So you want to start weight training? Do’s and Don’ts by Tiffany Fletcher, Certified Trainer.

So you want to start weight training? Do’s and Don’ts by Tiffany Fletcher, Certified Trainer.

There are few things more intimidating than walking into a crowded gym with the belief that you’re going to start a strength training routine that will leave you stronger, healthier and happier, only to be completely overwhelmed by what you see. Even if you know what all of that does, where do you start? Starting a weight training regimen should be as simple as starting with 30 minutes, but what to do with those minutes can be confusing. Today I’d like to share some of my do’s and don’ts for starting a weight training regimen.

DO take advantage of opportunities to learn about your equipment and safe usage. My gym offers free fitness room orientations in which someone (at my gym, that’s me) demonstrates the machines and talks about safe and effective use of each of them. It also offers a break-down of what other equipment is available. Most gyms have some form of this learning opportunity – take advantage!

DON’T walk into the gym thinking you have to perform, look or feel like Jillian Michaels. Rome wasn’t built in a day, and neither was her body or work ethic! Starting small with 30 minute sessions, when done consistently, can have a huge impact! This is especially true if you have little to no existing experience or habits built up already.

DO focus on full-body workouts. The average beginner doesn’t need a chest day, a leg day, a deadlift-benchpress-squat-core-routine day. Focus on challenging full-body moves with an emphasis on stability and form when just beginning.

DON’T walk in without a plan. This is the one I’m most guilty of to this day! When I walk into a gym without a plan, I’m a squirrel in traffic. I run, I jump, I play, I check out new equipment, I talk to the nearest friendly face, or I just do a little of everything. Always walk in with a plan so you can leave with satisfaction!

I’m a big believer that fitness doesn’t have to be a full-time job. Starting a 30 minute weight training regimen can be as simple as using a circuit of machines for several sets at a resistance that challenges you on those last few reps. Remember – (safe) consistency is key, focus on the full body, and have a plan!

Day One’s Guest Expert: Tiffany Fletcher, NASM Certified Personal Trainer


Tiffany Fletcher is a NASM Certified Personal Trainer and is a Certified Silver Sneakers and Zumba Fitness instructor. Feel free to contact her for personalized attention from someone who’s been there.

Phone: (859) 556-2778


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