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I have to admit something today... I honestly prefer cardio workouts to strength training. I have always preferred dancing, running or using an elliptical. My husband, on the other hand, loves lifting. In the evenings after Caleb goes to bed, it's not unusual to see him lifting during our favorite shows.
I actually have a lot of strength in my legs. You'll catch me maxing out the squat machine in the gym without any training. My biggest trouble area is my upper body strength. I despise push ups, pull ups, or any other kind of "ups"!
One of my sweet friends told me about an awesome website to finally help me with strength training....BodyBuilding.com! There is so much information on the site. You can find a plan or you can simply search for workouts that target certain muscles. There are also videos to show you have to do it correctly. It can't get much easier than that!
I took a fitness class in college that taught me how to determine the amount of weight you should be lifting to increase muscle strength. If you are using weight machines, simply find out the maximum amount of weight you can do one time on each machine. Take 75% of that and there's the number of pounds for reps.
(Again, I'm not a pro at this! Check with your doctor and/or trainer before proceeding!)
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