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Weight training Tips For Beginners!!!

Weight training Tips For Beginners!!!

Hi guys!! For those of you who don’t do weight training or are thinking about embarking on a weight training programme for the first time I have put together 10 basic weight training tips for beginners. These tips will set you on the right track and help you to get the best out of your weight training sessions whether you’re using hand weights, bar bells, dumbbells, medicine balls or tins of beans at home.

TIP 1: WARM UP
5 or 10 minutes of anything that gets your heart pumping and literally warms you up. Try to move all parts of your body-if you’re marching on the spot to get going, pump and swing your arms. Dancing or warming up to some good music is a great way to not only warm you up, but put you in a great mood for your session ahead.

TIP 2: BE SMOOTH
Aim for smooth, flowing, continuous movement when using weights. Fast, jerky or uneven movements will put unnecessary strain on your muscles and could result in injury.

TIP 3: BREATHE FREELY
Don’t hold your breath. Your muscles need a constant supply of oxygenated blood, by denying them that you risk broken blood vessels or even a hernia if you strain too much. It doesn’t really matter at which point of an exercise you breathe in or out, the important thing is to breathe freely throughout the exercise.

TIP 4: FOCUS
To ensure you are working your muscles in the most effective way it is important to focus on what you are doing. If your mind is elsewhere it’s easy to fall into bad form or forget to count repetitions. One set done properly when you’re paying attention, will be more beneficial than 2 set’s when you’re not.

TIP 5: CHOOSE THE RIGHT WEIGHT
You should choose a weight that you are comfortable with, but that will work the muscles i.e. you should be able to feel the muscle working, but not so heavy you have difficulty lifting it smoothly. General rule: use a weight that tires the muscle(s) out within 8-12 repetitions.

TIP 6: DO 1 SET-SLOWLY
Unless you are a serious bodybuilder, you don’t have to do multiple sets of each exercise to get good results. In fact research has shown that, for most people, optimum benefit from weight training can be gained with just 1 set of 8-12 repetitions of each exercise, done slowly, with correct form.

TIP 7: BALANCE YOUR WEIGHT TRAINING WORKOUT
Work all your major muscles and muscle groups-abdominals, legs, chest, back, shoulders and arms. Exercise opposing muscles in a balanced way-for example, front of legs as well as back of legs

TIP8: REST AND RECOVER
Your muscles need 48 hrs to recover after a weight training workout. During this period the muscle development you are training for takes place-each time you work them out your muscles should come back that bit stronger. You need to allow the time for this muscle recovery and should leave at least 48hrs after working a muscle before you work it again.

TIP 9: DON’T OVERDO IT!
Don’t get carried away during your first session and do lots of reps with heavy weights. This is especially important for beginners who have no experience of weight training-you could end up very sore! Use your initial sessions to practice getting your form right with fairly light weights. Once you’ve mastered the moves you can move on to heavier weights.

TIP10: GET A BOOK AND TRAINING PARTNER
Get a good weight training book, one that has good photographs and descriptions of the exercises, and that also explains the physiology of weight training. The better your understanding of whats  going on, the more you will get from your training. For women I would recommend “Strength Training For women” found on www.dietand fitnessresources.co.uk.  Also if possible, get a friend to train with you, you can take it in turns to rest between sets and help motivate each other as well as spot and correct on form and technique.

So good look with your training, and remember 1-2-1’s are available with me if you would like me to help you get started on your weight training programme. Call me on 0113 3866793 or email: kdixon.leedsfitness@hotmail.co.uk

Kelly Dixon
Fitness Centre Manager

 

 


 
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