started lifting weights in high school to improve my athletic performance. Five days per week, I’d venture into the local gym to haphazardly curl dumbbells and try machines. I’d hammer my legs for 90 minutes, do burnout sets of 15 exercises per workout, or use some other method that had me begging my dad to install toilet grab bars. Magazine workouts became my go-to programs in college. Each month the glossy covers would boast toning, tightening, firming, and slimming exercise routines promising to transform my body in days. I’d try this magazine’s workout one day, another workout the next—switching back and forth without understanding form, function, progression, or regression. Basically, I was overwhelmed by information. People new to resistance training may walk into the gym and feel similarly bombarded. All the machines, racks, barbells, dumbbells, kettlebells, and bands may send you running to a safe place like the treadmill or juice bar. I want you to walk into the gym with confidence, knowing what to use, how to use it, and when to use it. By reading and using the following information, you’ll walk into the gym with more confidence. You’ll understand the necessary parts of a resistance program and how to find the best weight-training plan for your fitness goals. To read more click here!