If it’s been a minute (ahem, a year-plus) since you’ve been to the gym, figuring out where to begin again might feel daunting
To help you ease into the process, here is International Fitness Academy’s four-step starter kit to take the guesswork out of strength training.
4 steps to a solid strength training workout:
Start with some sort of pull (think dumbbell rows, pullups, rear shoulder fly, or biceps curl).
After you complete your pulls, move on to hinges. This can include deadlifts, kettlebell swings, hip thrusts, and good mornings.
Squats are a pretty standard move, but if you want to add variation to your glute exercise, front squats (squatting with the barbell in front of your chest) or back squats (squatting with the barbell behind your shoulders), split squats, or sumo squats.
Last but not least, add in a press. Think strict presses (aka shoulder presses), chest presses, pushups, and military presses, Larson suggests.
How to do it.
To actually put it into practice, choose one exercise from each of the four categories. Complete 5, 10, or 15 reps (whatever feels comfortable for you), then move on to the next exercise.
Continue this pattern until you’ve worked through all four exercises.
You can take a break after each exercise, or you can superset them if ya like (Superset just means you do two or more exercises back to back, without taking a break in between.)
The biggest piece of advice, though, is to keep it simple and go slowly, you should only be extending 60 to 70% effort for the first couple of weeks.