Hey folks,

I'm blogging from my iPhone today because we're in the middle of a terrible thunderstorm and Comcast just went out, as it seems to always do in a storm! Ah well, ce la vie, at least the power is still one because I'm making rice on the electric stove right now.

Anyway, since I'm a little technically challenged at the moment, today's post will be short and sweet! As I mentioned last week, I'm embarking on a weight training series for Physical Fitness Fridays. I am not a fitness or weight training expert at all, but I will be sharing tips and exercises that I find useful and have worked for me. This will be a learning experience for me as well! I have some things on the horizon that I'm preparing for so this will be great for all of us!! I look forward to sharing what I'm doing with you in the near future so stay tuned for that!!

Now on to today's strength training tip! This tip comes from my Fitness Rx Magazine.

This tip is how to maximize muscle loading while doing squats. Jason Bentley of the University of Houston found that descending (squatting) quickly loads more muscle than descending slowly. He says that athletes can increase loading with a lighter weight by increasing the squat speed. However, it is recommended to not increase the descent phase of the squat unless you have good technique.

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