Sunday, January 18, 2009

Weights add muscle to exercise routine

A four-week strength-training program focuses on such major groups as quads and glutes, building endurance and improved cardio function. Even the prospect of weight training can be intimidating. How much weight should you lift? How often? What muscle groups need to be worked?

To help sort it all out, we called on trainer Mike Alexander, owner of MADfit, a private Beverly Hills training studio. Alexander, who did post-graduate work at the Cooper Aerobics Center in Dallas, has trained celebrities such as Jessica Simpson and Kristin Chenoweth. Here, he outlines a four-week program that works the body's major muscle groups, building muscle strength and endurance and improving the cardiovascular system. Stick with it and pay attention to his basic nutrition tips, and Alexander says your goals are within reach. Before wrapping your hands around a barbell, he recommends a few tips...
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