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🌱 Start With Strength

Milton Holdiem
Milton Holdiem
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When it comes to fitness, I recommend starting with strength instead of starting with cardio. (unless your goal is to run a race!)

To be more specific, start with non-isolation movements that allow you to build strength. Some examples are, squats, deadlifts, presses, and pulling movements like pullups and rows.

Why You Should Start With Strength

Strength is Simple

It's simple to see your progressions over a month. If you squatted 100lbs week 1 and get to 140lbs by week 4, you can see your progress each week.

Muscle is the mission

It improves both your health, aesthetics, and you can't go wrong with it. Muscle also allows you to burn more calories throughout the day. Make no mistake, I'm not saying that you need to bodybuild. And to the ladies out there afraid of getting bulky, strength training doesn't necessarily take you there unless you specifically train for it.

Sweat between the lines

By reducing rest times during strength training, you can still build endurance without needing to do traditional cardio. While some training calls for heavier weights + long rest times, using less weight + less rest allows you to get some conditioning in. These workouts are the sweaty ones 🥵

More Strength-biased
5 Sets of 10 Squats
Rest: 2 Min between sets


More Conditioning-biased
5 Sets of 10 Squats
Rest: 90 Secs between sets

All in all, I recommend starting with strength training. It's simple. It's a sustainable way to work out, and it gives you a solid foundation to build upon. 💪🏾

Hope you enjoyed this weekly #49!

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