Take the Weight-Training Safety Quiz

Many Americans are starting weight-training (or resistance-training) programs to improve their health and fitness. The following quiz can help you determine if you know enough about strength training to start a program yourself.

1. Weight training increases fitness by increasing muscle strength and endurance, enhancing the cardiovascular system, and increasing flexibility.
2. It's important to check with your doctor before beginning a weight-training program.
3. To avoid injury when weight training, keep the training area clean and free of debris. Stay well hydrated while lifting. Stretch after warming up.
4. It doesn't matter which type of shoes you wear.
5. Weight-training programs can be done with free weights or weight machines.
6. Work all your major muscle groups at least twice a week. Include at least one exercise for the upper back, shoulders, chest, lower back, abdominals, front of arms (biceps), back of arms (triceps), buttocks, front of thighs (quadriceps), back of thighs (hamstrings), and lower legs.
7. Rest each muscle group at least 48 hours between workouts.
8. Work larger muscle groups, such as the legs, chest, and back, before the smaller ones, such as shoulders and arms.
9. Rest between sets to give your muscles a chance to recover.
10. It's safe to hold your breath when you lift.

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