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My Strength Training Workout

Thanks to a torn bicep (see picture), a hernia, and rheumatoid arthritis, I decided to return to strength training as a way to alleviate the daily pain and fatigue. This is a page in progress, and for now, contains only my workout routine. I realize there are a lot of opinions about what, when, and how you should do strength training, Many years ago I worked out, a lot, and this is what worked for me, albeit, now I am working out with much less weight. I am now more interested in getting toned and adding strength to the areas around my joints. Trying to add more bulk and size was definitely something for my younger days. Anyway, this is my workout routine.
Know Your Target Areas

The first thing you need to do is get to know the areas you plan to target in your workouts. The picture shows most of the minor and major groups you will target in a typical workout. When I work out, I try to hit only a single target area at a time. The theory being, that when you work out, your blood rushes to the target area and working out a different area at the same time, like arms and legs, could result in you passing out. Better to stick to a single target area at a time. In addition, some people like to workout a single target area in one workout and a different target area on a different day. Probably a good idea if you plan to lift heavy weights to gain size. If your intent is simply to get toned and develop moderate strength, then mixing target areas in a single workout should be no problem. I work out mostly upper body to help with my agroforestry work in my 4.5 acre forested mountain and for kayak fishing during the Summer. Really not worried about a leg work out since I go walking for about an hour every day and on some days a long mountain bike ride. That said, I usually do my entire upper body work out in a single day. This includes all the upper body routines listed below. The entire workout is usually completed during about an hour an a half psytrance (workout music of choice) video on YouTube.

BTW - be sure to do a lot of stretching before you begin your workout.
Strength Training Workout Charts
The following workouts charts show most of the workout routines listed above. I obtained these from the Amazon shopping site and, as such, they are copyrighted. Hopefully the folks selling these will not be too upset about their use on this page. To thank them for this unauthorized use, I am putting the links to their actual products below. The posters are fantastic, as you can see from the following. Consider buying these for your own workout space at the following links:

Amazon Shopping Site: QuickFit Workout Posters

Amazon Shopping Site: Palace Learning Workout Posters

BTW: I am not making any money from these recommendations.
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