Dr. David Palmer, a former body builder and expert on fitness, stresses three important questions that anyone who is looking to begin training should answer.
1. What is your Age?
Someone between the ages of 40 and 50 should concentrate mostly on cardiovascular training and flexibility, while at 60 or older it becomes important to do resistance training with light weights to increase bone density. Doing 12 to 15 repetitions is recommended. In addition, balance, coordination and cardio is important too. For someone just starting to train, they should be followed by a trainer to become familiar with exercise machines or free weights.
2. What is your basic fitness level?
Dr. Palmer claims there to be three levels of gym-goer. Untrained, beginner, and advanced exercise enthusiast. Anybody who is untrained or a beginner is recommended to be accompanied by a trainer, or someone who is experienced.at all times. Even if you are not totally new to training, doing just one exercise wrong or misusing a machine can cause an injury.
3. What is your body tyoe?
Would you consider yourself skinny, muscular or plump? Those who are muscular benefit from 6-8 reps, three sets, and 2 to 4 exercises per body part. Skinnier people should do six reps with three sets with 1 to 2 exercises per body part. When on the plumper side, repetitions of 12 to 20 with three sets and 1 exercise per body part will do until you get comfortable with training.
Be sure to consult with an expert before starting any training regimen, as there’s much more to consider than what we’ve outlined here. Talk to them about your goals so they can create a fitness plan tailored to your specific needs.