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Building Your Own Strength Training Program

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Kathryn Gentile, ACSM, CEP, CPT

Strength training provides significant benefits for people with diabetes:  Improved insulin sensitivity, increased metabolism, fat loss, and reduced cardiovascular risk just to name a few.  Plus, it helps you to look better and feel better!  Successful strength training does not require fancy/expensive equipment, but if you want your program to be safe and effective, you have to know what you’re doing.  Learn the right techniques and strategies from a diabetes expert who is also an accomplished weight lifter and certified personal trainer.

Specific topics include:

  • Principles of muscle development
  • Resistance vs. strength vs. hypertrophy vs. muscle endurance training
  • Customizing your program to your goals and abilities
  • Equipment options & comparisons
  • Steps for ensuring your safety
  • Glucose management strategies
  • Proper technique for dozens of exercises

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Placement Exam: Building Your Own Strength Training Program

1. What is the prime muscle used when performing a pull-up? 

A. Latissimus Dorsi 

B. Biceps

C. Trapezius

D. Rhomboids 

2. For strength training, you should rest ______ between sets

A. 10-15 seconds 

B. 30 seconds 

C. 1-2 minutes 

D. 2-5 minutes

3. What is an effective rep range for strength-building sets?

A. 1-3

B. 5-7

C. 10-12

D. 12+

4. Which type of movements are more effective for building strength? 

A. Compound movements

B. Isolation movements

C. Calisthenics

D. Plyometrics 

5. Compared to cardiovascular exercise, how does strength training tend to affect glucose levels? 

A. Strength training tends to lower it more during the workout and less afterwards

B. Strength training tends to lower it less during the workout but more afterwards

C. Strength training tends to lower it more both during and after the workout

D. There is no difference between the two 

Answers:  A, D, B, A, B

  • Answered 4 or 5 correctly?  Nice job, Professor!  Looks like you know your stuff.  Maybe you could teach a course on this subject! But there are always new things to learn.
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