Choose Your Strength Training Routine...

Finding the strength training routine for you can be difficult - but not here! Take a look at the different kinds of training below to narrow down what kind of strength training routine you want.

Weight training is one of the best methods of strength training! If you want to start weight training safely and effectively, with the best info, diet, and routines, check out the 5 Day Beginner Weight Training Course!

A Definition of Strength Training

The definition of strength training will give an exact meaning & help you tailor your training to fit what you want. What strength training is, what it isn't, and what training for your muscles you want.

Strength Training For Beginners

These basic guidelines will help you start your strength training on the right foot. It focuses on the habit and mindset to go to the gym with, so that you can get the most out of any workout routine.

Weight Training - What it is..

Most people think of weight training when they think of a strength training routine. Lifting weights and progressively moving on to heavier ones is what you see in most gyms and health clubs.

Basic, big body movements give you the most benefit with weight training. These large movements like the squat, bench press, and deadlift strengthen your entire body.

This is the bread and butter of strength training, reliable day-in and day-out. So, learn all about it right here!

What is Circuit Training...

Circuit training is using several machines or exercises in a sequence, or 'circuit', for your workout. A correct machine combo will work your entire body and also helps spare your joints some of the strain they would get from other kinds of training.

However, circuits are not as good for pure strength training since the exercises are normally done back to back. But they are great for people with less time on their hands that want a cardio workout and a strength workout all-in-one!

Interval Strength Training

Intervals are another great form of strength training. Doing many short intervals of a single, basic strength exercise will get you heart pumping as well as get your muscles bigger.

This is great if you want to increase your endurance. Doing intervals of push-ups or body weight squats gets me tired and panting quick, wearing down those muscles.

I am fond of intervals because I can do them at any time. If I've been busy doing school-work, writing papers, reading, & generally feel out of it, I just get down on the floor and start doing pushup intervals.

It's kinda weird at 1 in the morning, and my roommate thinks I'm a little crazy, but it wakes me up and I feel accomplished when I get back to studying 10 minutes later ;-)

Rubber bands can be used in a strength training routine.

What is Resistance Training...

Resistance training is getting stronger using elastic bands or cords. Pull them in various ways to do many of the normal exercises you would normally use free-weights for.

This is great for travel if you need to get stronger on-the-go. Also, it places much less strain on your joints than most traditional forms of strength training.

Eccentric Training

Concentric and eccentric strength training are two kinds of muscle contraction. By understanding how they work you can build muscle size faster & balance the exercises in your workout.

Balancing your lifting is important for long term training and staying healthy. And when it also delivers bigger muscles, what's there to lose?

Strength Training Over Age 50

Strength training over age 50 can be intimidating. Are you on the right track? Will you get hurt? How can you make the most progress? Find out the essential info for your exercise right here!

What The TRX Fitness Craze Is...

Find out what TRX suspension training is and why you might want to do it. Also, read reviews that other visitors have left - sharing what they think of TRX training.

Top Strength Training Tools Guide

Want to know which tools to use in your strength training routine? Take a look at this guide to the most common kinds of strength training exercise equipment out there.

Russian Strength Training Techniques to Boost Your Routine!

Use these Russian strength training techniques to kick your workout routine up a notch. You just need a strong will to apply them.

Strength Training For Martial Arts:
Do It Right

Learn guidelines for how to do strength training for martial arts; whether it's grappling, kick punch, weapons systems, or the internal arts. This isn't exhaustive, but it will point you in the right direction.

Strength Endurance Training: How To Endure And Win!

Learn how to design a strength training routine to cultivate endurance. If you've even done wrestling, or any other sport where you need a lot of strength after a minute or two of straining and effort, you know how important endurance is.

High Intensity Weight Training:
Just 15 Minutes A Week!

High intensity weight training is a method of weight training that became popular in the 1970s. It focuses on quickly bringing your muscles to failure with short, intense workouts.

And then getting out of the gym and resting!

Find out more about this strength training routine, and how to use it in your training. You won't spend virtually any time in the gym, but the time you do spend — it'll be brutal!

Getting In Shape Fast: 6 Essential Guidelines For You

If you need to get in shape fast for an event, this is how to do it! It's brutal, but if you've been slacking off just follow these guidelines for how to re-work your body quickly.

How To Start Exercising:
What You Need To Know

If you're looking for info about how to start your strength training routine - or just garden variety exercising - look no further! This article guides you through how to start an exercise routine, step-by-step.

Old School Weight Lifting: How The Masters Built Their Strength

Want a really effective strength training routine? Check out how the masters trained in the late 1800's and early 1900's. They knew what they were doing!

If you like this info for choosing your own strength training routine you'll also like my free monthly E-Zine, Starting Strong. It keeps you updated about new pages and info added to, and includes select articles. You'll also get the free e-book Train Smart, Eat Smart: Exercise Nutrition Hacks! Sign up below!

Enter Your E-mail Address
Enter Your First Name

Don't worry — your e-mail address is totally secure.
I promise to use it only to send you Starting Strong.

A good definition and examples of all different kinds of strength training give you a clear idea of what strength training is. Now get out there, start sweating, and do it!

Oh, and be sure to sign up for the e-zine Starting Strong to get monthly strength training, exercise, and diet tips e-mailed to you - and access to the free e-book Train Smart, Eat Smart: Exercise Nutrition Hacks!

• Click HERE to leave 'Choose Your Strength Training Routine...' & go back to the Complete Strength Training Home-page!

Share this page:
Enjoy this page? Share it! Here's how...

Would you prefer to share this page with others by linking to it?

  1. Click on the HTML link code below.
  2. Copy and paste it, adding a note of your own, into your blog, a Web page, forums, a blog comment, your Facebook account, or anywhere that someone would find this page valuable.

New! Comments

Have your say about what you just read! Leave me a comment in the box below.

Search CST...

The CST Facebook Page!

[?]Subscribe To This Site
  • follow us in feedly
  • Add to My Yahoo!
  • Add to My MSN
  • Subscribe with Bloglines

"About 2 weeks ago I read all the ab strengthening stuff on your site because I decided I wanted to be strong, instead of having a lot of belly fat. So I started eating healthier, running, exercising, you name it - everything your site said to do to help. Now I am noticing a real difference! Thank you for making this. :D xD"
~ Julia

[This calorie calculator is] the most useful tool on the web that I can find… Also, I compared the calories calculated by your calculator to the calories calculated by the treadmill at my gym, and they're within a couple calories of each other, so yours is as accurate as we're going to get. REALLY AWESOME TOOL. I love it and depend on it. Thank you sooooo much for making this available."
~ Galit Sharon Marcus

Thank you very much, I was too lean before 2 years (55 Kgs), after the gym now I'm 72kgs, all the muscles have developed... when someone hand shakes with me it can be squeezed easily, they're making fun of me!
~ Tamil Arasan