Have you ever considered weight training? Most people think that lifting is only for bodybuilders but that is just not the case. The truth is that anyone (and everyone) should give weight training a go for themselves. If you’re ready to get started, here are just eight little things that you should keep in mind.
You may need to change your diet
If you’re completely new to the world of weight training, you may need to think about what you eat on a day-to-day basis. The good news here is that you may find that you can eat more without getting fat (although you’re likely to gain muscle!). The other thing that you have to consider is your protein intake. When you’re putting your body under this much strain, it needs the power to recover. That power is protein.
You need recovery days!
Speaking of recovery, one of the worst things that you can do is skip your recovery days. When you’re training hard, you may feel as though you just want to break down those barriers and keep going. Doing so will only mean that you hit a wall – fast. Make sure that you create a proper schedule with your trainer and leave yourself some downtime too.
Switching things up is essential
You may already have an area of your body on which you want to focus. For example, you may be trying to boost your upper body strength or tone up those legs. The biggest mistake you can make here is focusing solely on one area. Doing so will mean that you end up lacking strength in some of the most crucial parts of your body. Ensure that you spend time targeting each individual muscle group.
Invest in quality gear
You might think that weight training gear is all hype, but that’s simply not the case. If you want to give yourself that extra edge, having some wrist grips, tape, chalk, and the right shoes is certainly the way to go. Before you start shopping, talk to your trainer about what they think that you will need. Right now, you only need to get the essentials. You can always add to your gear as you get better and better at lifting. Simple.
It’s not about bulking up!
One of the most common misconceptions people have when it comes to weightlifting is that it’s all about getting huge. While some athletes push things to the max, not everybody has to do the same. You need to push yourself to your level. Including some small bursts of lifting in your regular routine isn’t going to turn you into the hulk. In fact, it’s more likely to help you slim down and tone up more than anything else.
Warming up is vital
Are you guilty of skipping your warm-ups? Stop it! You could be endangering yourself more than you realize. It’s not worth the risk. When you’re weightlifting, you will be pushing your body and muscles further than ever before. The last thing you want to do is overstretch something or end up pulling a muscle. Taking just five minutes at the start of your session to stretch and warm up could make all the difference.
You won’t always ‘feel it’
Worried that you don’t feel sore after a workout? Don’t panic. Delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS) sometimes happens after you’ve had a weight training session. However, you shouldn’t always count on it. In fact, this feeling may have very little to do with how hard you’ve worked and the impact it’s had on your body. Instead of obsessing about how it feels, spend your time focusing on getting it right and precision.
The benefits are mind-blowing!
If you’ve overlooked weight training in the past, it could well be time to change your ways. From weight loss and stronger muscles to improvements to your bone density, there’s a whole load of reasons that you should try lifting for yourself. Remember, you don’t want to go in blind here. Should you be considering trying this regime, it’s smart to talk to a trainer and let them know what your plans are.
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