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Planning and Optimizing Your Strength Training

I had the honor of sharing my advice for a MyFitnessPal article back in the winter but publication was massively delayed when Covid19 changed the face of the earth as we know it. With gyms shuttered, the article became less timely. Now that gyms are gradually reopening (or perhaps now that you have more at-home equipment to work with), it’s well worth the effort to get acquainted with the basics of strength training.

The reality is that most of us aren’t getting in as much daily activity and movement these days. Focusing on acquiring or maintaining lean muscle mass is perhaps more critical than ever for our metabolisms and overall health.

 

 

The article is detailed and specific – give it a read!

It covers:

  • Strength training benefits
  • Fundamental movement patterns (squats, lunges, hip hinge, push and pull, lateral rotation and carry)
  • Choosing the right equipment
  • Structuring your workout
  • Optimizing your workout

I hope you find this helpful! Feel free to reach out in the comments section or through direct message on my contact page or Instagram for questions. I’m always happy to chat and offer tips!

Other MyFitnessPal “fitness basics” articles include:

Bodyweight Training

Cardio

Recovery

Goal Setting and Motivation

Training Plans

 

Yours in health & wellness,

Maggie

 

My Thoughts Shared on MyFitnessPal and Thrive Global

Quick shameless plug (…or two):

This week I was honored to be one of several featured trainers on Under Armour’s MyFitnessPal blog! This is basically a life dream, so I can’t help but gush a little. The article, The Best Way to Spend 30 Minutes in the Gym, reviews what each of us trainers prefers to do for exercise when we only have 30 minutes to work out.

To clarify; despite how I was paraphrased in part of the article, I don’t think everyone should “take it fairly easy” with exercise when they only have 30 minutes to expend energy. That said, sometimes it’s appropriate to enjoy a recovery workout or some steady-state cardio. For example, now that I’m a woman in my 30’s and a mom who needs time-efficiency and stress reduction, I prefer to steer away from high-stress workouts like HIIT. Trust me, I’ve done PLENTY of HIIT workouts in my lifetime. Maybe too many. But my body calls for something less strenuous in this season of life when hormone balance needs to be respected and immune health kept strong. To read what I prefer to do with my 30 minutes, and what other trainers do, check it out: Read More.

My last shout out is for an article written by the incredible, bold and fearless Sandra LaMorgese on Arianna Huffington’s health and wellness platform, Thrive Global. The article:¬†How Social Media Complicates the Positive Body Image Revolution¬†includes my personal thoughts about social media and how it can [at times] let us all down. Sandra reflects on her own physical journey and why she took on a new attitude about her health in her 60’s (oh yea, and now she’s a model). It’s a great, worthwhile read. Enjoy!

Yours in health and wellness,

Maggie