Love it or hate it, exercising is a crucial piece of the puzzle for anyone looking to be Happy, Healthy, and Strong For Life. Whether your goal is to burn fat, build muscle, move better, have more energy, or just retain (or regain) your youthful vigor, there is one thing everyone should be doing to keep their body in top-shape and performing optimally: Resistance Training.
Resistance Training (sometimes referred to as lifting weights or strength training) is an exercise modality that involves moving the body through specific ranges of motion against some form of resistance. This could be your bodyweight, a resistance band, free weights, a machine, a weighted ball, etc.
For those who are new to resistance training—or those who’ve had a bad experience with it in the past—fear of injury can be a tough hurdle to overcome. After all, what’s the point of doing something to better yourself when the risk of injury is so high?
While it’s true that there are some inherent risks to lifting weights, injuries do not have to be inevitable. Heck, they don’t even have to be likely. Sure, athletes, competitors, and those training purely for performance will undoubtedly face some injuries at one point or another; but for anyone simply trying to look, feel, and perform better, injuries in the gym can be completely avoidable.
In order to remain free of injury, though, it is not enough to exercise: you must exercise well. Proper movement patterns and other concerns are critical to the health of your joints and muscles, and special attention must be paid to ensure the time you spend in the gym is geared toward self-improvement rather than simply completing the workout.
Through-Line Skills are general techniques and principles that transcend specific exercises and, instead, apply universally to exercising. Though not a complete substitute for the guidance of a qualified coach, the Through-Line Skills outlined in this book can help keep you injury-free while getting stronger, leaner, and sexier.