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Slide show: Weight training exercises for major muscle groupsBy Mayo Clinic staff
Starting a weight training program
Weight training can boost your strength, tone your muscles and help you lose fat. Ready to start a weight training program?
Warm up with five to 10 minutes of stretching or brisk walking. Then choose a weight or resistance level heavy enough to tire your muscles after about 12 repetitions. With the proper weight, a single set of 12 repetitions can build muscle just as efficiently as can multiple sets of the same exercise.
To give your muscles time to recover, rest a day between exercising each specific muscle group. Remember to complement your weight training routine with daily aerobic activity. Overall fitness will soon be yours!Next slide