By Michael Castleman for Live Right Live Well
“The best way is to work with a trainer certified by the National
Strength and Conditioning Association [NSCA]” says Gregory G. Haff, who
holds a doctorate in exercise physiology and is an assistant professor
at the West Virginia University School of Medicine.
Friends and gym denizens may assure you that you’re doing
strength-training exercises correctly if you feel the workout in the
target muscle group, if that muscle group feels fatigued at the end of
a reasonable workout, or if you experience mild soreness a day or two
after increasing the weight or number of repetitions. But this is a
myth. These results can occur even if you do strength-training
exercises incorrectly, explains Haff.
So if you really want
to make sure you’re getting the most out of your strength-training workout,
consider a few sessions with an NSCA-certified trainer. You can find one using
the personal trainer locator on the NSCA’s website -- or check out one of
their free online videos, which demonstrate the correct way to perform a
variety of different strength-training exercises.
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