What counts as strength training?

What counts as strength training?

Using dumbbells, machines, bands, and your body weight

Performing exercises with any of the following equipment counts as strength training:

  • Free weights (dumbbells)
  • Strength training machines
  • Exercise bands
  • Your body weight
  • Other weighted equipment

If your muscles are sore the next day from a particular exercise, chances are you did something that is strengthening your muscles.

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