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When it comes to strength training, there's nothing magical about three sets. In fact, a single set of 12 to 15 repetitions can generally build strength just as effectively as can multiple sets of the same exercise. So if you're short on time, try this approach: Work your major muscle groups at least two times a week. Do a single set of each exercise, using a weight or resistance level heavy enough to tire your muscles after about 12 to 15 repetitions.
Free weights are versatile and inexpensive. They also simulate real-life lifting situations and promote whole-body stabilization. Likewise, machine weights can be effective weight training tools, as long as you use machines that adjust to your body dimensions and allow full range of motion of your joints. What is the bottom line? Choose a weight training system that you enjoy and that fits into your lifestyle. And whatever type of resistance you choose, remember that proper technique is more important than the specific type of equipment.
Seek balance when weight training. Work all of your major muscles, including your abdominals, legs, chest, back, shoulders and arms. But strengthen opposing muscles in a balanced way, such as the front of the shoulder and the back of the shoulder. Avoid exercising the same muscles two days in a row. You might work all of your major muscle groups at a single session two or three times a week, or plan daily sessions for specific muscle groups. For example, on Monday work your arms and shoulders, on Tuesday work your legs, and so on.
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