Regular strength or resistance training also helps prevent the natural loss of lean muscle mass that comes with aging the medical term for this loss is sarcopenia. There are tons of videos of people just showing off their own skills, sure, but there are even more simple instructional videos that show you a few reps on a machine in the right stance, or the right form for those bench presses or squats.
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Studies have documented the many wellness benefits of strength training, including helping people with some chronic diseases manage their conditions. Join Online Communities to Keep You Motivated and Answer Your Questions Advertisement Speaking of Fitocracy although they're by far the only community of its kind— SparkPeople and MyFitnessPal come to mindif you're stuck with your workout, not making the kind of progress you'd like to make, or generally have questions about your workout routine "How often should I up the weights?
Again, check with the staff—odds are they either have a few they trust, know some who frequent the gym, or even have a bulletin board or stack of business cards from trainers looking for clients. Instead, take a quick break, turn on your phone, and check YouTube.
They may not be able to critique your form or offer suggestions on how to improve your workout, but they can at least help you get off on the right foot. Strength training boosts energy levels and improves your mood.