Everybody should implement strength training into their wellness routine. To be clear, when I reference strength training, I am speaking to lifting weights, utilizing a progressive approach, and foundational movement patterns. There is no other exercise modality that provides as many physical and mental health benefits as weight lifting. Here are 5 things I have learned over the past 2 decades that I hope help you in your strength training journey. 

#1 Lifting weights is the most superior way to improve body composition

-When you lift weights, you preserve and build muscle mass, which improves your metabolic rate. More muscle equals more calories burned at rest. 

#2 Lifting weights and eating a clean diet is the anchor to seeing real physical and mental improvements. It doesn’t have to be complicated. 

-There are so many protocols, diets, niche workouts in the market today. Weight training and a balanced diet, including all macro/micro nutrients into your diet, and leading with Whole Foods is the recipe for success. 

#3 At some point, you will have to step out of your comfort zone and pick up heavier weights. 

-The human body is extremely adaptable, and to see real results you will have to push outside of your comfort zone, lift heavier, and apply more intensity, if you want to see real results. It takes hard work and consistency. It shouldn’t be too hard or too easy but it should always be challenging. 

#4 The most impactful strength training exercises are simplistic and foundational in nature.

-Hinge, squat, push, pull, lunge, rotate. On repeat. Applying different variables to each movement pattern. Forever and ever. 

#5 Sleep quality and quantity are just as important as your strength training routine and diet. 

-Sleep is the holy grail to building muscle, supporting healthy hormone production, reducing stress, and should be a non negotiable if you are serious about seeing real results.