We’re so excited to continue our strength training series which is focused on all of the tools, tricks and tips you need to take on strength training like a pro!

Earlier this week we gave you an introduction to the strength training, which hopefully answered any questions you had before getting started.

Today, we want to give you 5 strength training exercises that you can master! All five of these moves work a different muscle group and while basic, will allow you to start feeling comfortable with this workout style.

Strength training exercise 1: Elevated Pushup

Start in an elevated plank position on a bench or similar flat surface with your arms straight and your body in line. Bend your elbows at 45 degrees and lower yourself as far as you can go. Push straight back up until your arms are locked out and that is one rep! Complete 10 reps.

Strength training exercise 2: Shoulder Touch

Start in a plank position. Pick up one hand and touch your opposite shoulder then bring it back to the ground and alternate to the other arm. Keep your hips and body from rotating throughout the movement. Complete 10 reps on each side.

Strength training exercise 3: One Arm Row

Prop your knee up on a bench or elevated surface. Hold a weight in your opposite arm in a vertical position. Slowly bend your arm to a 90 degree angle. Return your arm to its starting position. Be sure to keep your back straight, your head up and your elbow close to your body. Complete 10 reps on each side.

Strength training exercise 4: Laying Leg Raise

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Lie on your back with your legs straight. Lift your legs up toward your head until your body makes a 90 degree angle and then lower them back to the floor. Complete 10 reps.

Strength training exercise 5: Bench Dip

Start with your back to a chair or bench and your hands shoulder width apart on the edge. Put your feet out in front of you so you’re supported by your arms. Bend your arms to 90 degrees then push straight up. Keep your chest tall. Complete 10 reps.

If you’re looking for more beginner-friendly exercises, check out how to do a lunge, squat and plank!

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