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  • Resistance training increases muscle strength by making your muscles work against a weight or force.
  • Different forms of resistance training include using free weights, weight machines, resistance bands and your own body weight.
  • A beginner needs to train two or three times per week to gain the maximum benefit.
  • Complete the adult pre-exercise screening tool and consult with professionals, such as your doctor, exercise physiologist, physiotherapist or registered exercise professional, before you start a new fitness program.
  • Rest each muscle group for at least 48 hours to maximise gains in strength and size.
  • Varying your workouts can help you push past a training plateau.

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Reviewed on: 26-08-2018