<div class="paragraph" style="text-align:left;"> <font size="4">Anybody who's starting or is regularly participating in a fitness routine wants to know how to prevent injuries and get strong at the same time. <br><br>As a personal trainer, I <em>greatly </em>emphasize stretching and strength training with my female clients. Many of my clients come in with a past of doing tons of cardio and crunches which led to nothing in terms of gaining overall strength. <br><br>Below, I've linked 3 articles to help you implement a more balanced warmup and strength training routine! </font><br> </div> <div><div class="wsite-image wsite-image-border-none " style="padding-top:10px;padding-bottom:10px;margin-left:0;margin-right:0;text-align:center"> <a> <img src="http://www.rachelmeyerfitness.com/uploads/1/7/3/9/1739499/8112472.jpg?644" alt="Picture" style="width:644;max-width:100%"></a> <div style="display:block;font-size:90%"></div> </div></div> <div class="paragraph" style="text-align:left;"> <font size="4"><font color="#2a2a2a"><br><strong>1. </strong><strong>Warming Up</strong></font><br><br><font color="#2a2a2a">We all know how important it is to properly warm up before activity to prevent injury and enhance performance, but what is the best way to go about it?</font><br><br><a target="_blank" href="http://greatist.com/move/whats-ideal-warm-up"><font color="#ae40a5">Best Warm Up Exercises Before Activity</font></a><br><br><font color="#2a2a2a"><strong>2. </strong><strong>Muscle Imbalances</strong></font><br><br><font color="#2a2a2a">This topic is something I spent the past year studying to pass my recent exam. They are real and most people have them; and unfortunately they almost always lead to injuries. Check out where women usually need the most work.  </font><br><br><font color="#ae40a5"><a target="_blank" href="http://dailyburn.com/life/fitness/strength-training-for-women-neglected-muscles/"><font color="#ae40a5">3 Muscles Women Neglect (and how to strengthen them)</font></a></font><br><br><span><strong>3. </strong><strong>Strength Training</strong><br><br>Women, go pickup the heavier weights and stop doing chronic cardio workouts. No, you won't get bulky. Strength training is <em>amazing</em> for your body, like reducing risk of osteoporosis, losing fat, and much more.  <br><br><font color="#ae40a5"><a target="_blank" href="http://sportsmedicine.about.com/cs/women/a/aa051601a.htm"><font color="#ae40a5">Why Women Should Lift Weights</font></a></font><br></span></font><br><font size="4">Do you prefer strength training to cardio? Are you someone who skips your warmup or makes it a priority?</font> </div>