Science-backed benefits, workouts + tips

Strength training needn’t be a quagmire of confusion. In fact, it’s a relatively simple way of exercising that uses resistance training in the form of free weights (e.g. dumbbells), fixed weights (e.g. barbells) and weighted gym machines. But you’re not alone if you’re feeling overwhelmed when trying to plan your entry into this way of working out.

The strength training and weight training sections of the gym can be daunting, and the same goes if you’re finally dusting off that bit of home gym equipment knocking around the shed and haven’t a scooby about what to use it for.

So, to clear things up, we’ve put together the ultimate strength training and weight training for beginners guide, including how soon you could see results, the benefits of doing it, the difference between strength training and functional fitness, what progressive overload actually means, how to make it work for total, brand-new beginners, and how to improve if you’ve been training for a while (creatine and grip strength, we’re looking at you), whether you’re strength training at home or in the gym.

If you’re already familiar with what strength training is, scroll down for what else you need to know about weight

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