Updated: Oct 25, 2019
For the past 6 years, part of my job has been teaching weight training courses at the college. While the majority of my students are the baseball team (pitchers in the fall, redshirts in the spring), I have a handful of general students each term.
I've spent the bulk of my studying time in the area of strength and performance for athletes. However, I also have a number of general students, and I've been spending more time recently learning how to better serve them, particularly those who don't have much of an idea about where to start.
I don't have a generalized curriculum because everybody has different needs and different goals. While it would be easier, especially with bigger groups, to put together a uniform plan, I do my best to approach it on an individual level with each student in hopes that they have a more personal experience that inspires them to take what they've learned, apply it when they leave, and make physical fitness a lifelong journey.
I've found that the majority of students who have no experience in a weight room are intimidated by the setting; they don't know where to begin.
The first thing I tell them is that they don't need a weight room to improve their strength and fitness. Like I've said here before, all the space you really need is your living room floor. But I am more than willing to show them the ropes in the weight room...I'd better be. That's what I'm getting paid for.
For my class this summer, I put together this Beginners Guide to Weight Training. Today, I cleaned it up a little bit, and I've decided to share it here. The above link will take you to the Google Doc (how cool are Google Docs!). I'd love it if you took a look, and I welcome any feedback.
This is not a topic in which I am formally educated. My weight training knowledge is mostly a result of my own personal experience, self education, and curiosity. By no means do I consider myself an expert in the field, but I do think that this could be of help to at least 1 somebody looking for direction. And that's good enough for me. I know the fitness industry is pretty saturated, but I guess one more voice wouldn't hurt.
If you know anybody who might benefit, please share. And if you have any recommendations that might improve it, I'd love to learn more. Bring it on!