It’s not just cardio fitness that will help you get into shape but weight training as well. In fact, a lot of people underestimate the importance of weight training when it comes to putting together a fitness programme. Especially as we age.
Weight training can be daunting to get started with. As it’s not quite as simple as walking out the door and going for a run. There’s a little bit more to it than that, so we’ve put together a beginner’s guide to weight training that will help you to get started.
Don’t Neglect Your Warm-Up
Before you even get started you need to make sure that you warm up correctly. It can’t be emphasised enough how important a warm-up is. If you start lifting weights without correctly warming up your muscles, then you are at an increased risk of injury.
Warm-ups are vital as they dilate your blood vessels, which means that your muscles will be well supplied with oxygen. It will also mean that you’ll have freedom when it comes to flexibility. Allowing you to maximise your workout, slowly raise your heart rate and reduce stress.
Use Resistance Machines Before Free Weights
When it comes to weight training, people are immediately drawn to dumbbells and benches. But make sure you know what weight you can safely lift and that you’ve learned the correct technique first. In fact, a great way of not just discovering how much you can lift comfortably, but also find the perfect form is by taking advantage of resistance machines.
The resistance weight machines you’ll find in the gym are perfect for allowing you to work out what you’re comfortable with. And to discover the correct form and posture for certain exercises that you can replicate with free weights. If you’re finding that you can use the resistance machines and have full control over the weights there, then you will be ready to move on to free weights.
Focus on Form Before Adding Weight
Form is important. Making sure that you understand the correct posture and position for your exercise will not just reduce the risk of injury but also give you the maximum from your workout. The truth is that having the correct posture and form during an exercise is far more important.
When it comes to weight training, everyone has to start somewhere. Start weight training, assume the correct form, and be comfortable with the exercise and then you can start adding weight. Build up in a sensible way. Don’t go crazy and add unnecessary weight before you’re ready. You’ll only do more damage to yourself in the long run.
Don’t Forget to Rest Between Workouts
Once you get going and into a weight training routine, it’s easy to get ‘the bug’ and want to continue training. However, it’s crucial to your workout plan that you rest in between and don’t overdo it, resting is as important as working out.
Burnout can and will happen if you push your body too much, especially at the start of your workout plan. For weight training, being fatigued and not resting can be extremely dangerous. So make sure that you plan to rest in between sessions so that your muscles can recover, ready for your next intense workout.
Enjoy Your Weight Training
Variation is the spice of life, so make sure you cultivate your workout plan accordingly and mix things up every now and then. By providing yourself with different exercises you not only reinvigorate your training by doing different things, but you also prevent boredom from setting in and challenge your body in different ways.
Enjoying your training will help you to keep at it. And make it become part of your normal routine, allowing you to work towards your goals with a smile on your face. If you want more information about weight training then why not visit us at one of our Gym Plus clubs and enjoy access to a range of weight training equipment that will help you to reach your fitness ambitions.