Strength training: a key to feeling strong and healthy (Guest Post)
Jeremy and I have been working together off and on for decades. He’s a rockstar personal trainer here in PDX and truly knows his stuff. I asked him to put together a short post with some ideas about home strength training. It turned out he already had a few downloadable cut sheets so we just linked them here! Each exercise includes a modification but please, start slowly, and make sure to run it by your doctor before starting any kind of program. especially if you have a history of musculoskeletal injuries. Enjoy!
Guest Post by Jeremy Hyatt
Strength training is something we can almost all agree we don’t have time for. With work, family and all that cardio we do – who has time? However, it has huge benefits that we all would love to enjoy like improving weight management by building lean muscle mass, increasing ease of daily activities, building better bone density, easing pain and increasing overall energy.
Most convincingly, once most anyone has given proper strength training it a try for a consistent period of time (say three months), almost all of them will say it is just as important to them (maybe more) as their sacred cardio. They feel better, stronger, and healthier. These changes bleed into all the other aspects of their life. To boot, if you do strength training with enough intensity, it’s also a cardiovascular workout.
The following links contain 10 at-home strength exercises complete with modifications to make them easier or harder as needed. The goal is to make full body strength training available to anyone at any time without equipment or large space requirements. The exercises are designed to hit all major muscle groups and move the body in all planes of motion. Ideally, you would run through 2 sets of 10-20 reps per exercise a couple times a week in conjunction with your cardio and flexibility work. Click to download. 🙂
Jeremy Hyatt of Hyatt Training has 18 years of experience working one-on-one with clients. Jeremy holds a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) credential and has a master’s degree in kinesiology. Hyatt Training is a collective of certified, enthusiastic, and innovative personal trainers who blend art and science to create programs that are applicable to life and sport.