We know about the injuries, the tears, the sprains, the breaks. We know about all that. Weightlifting can be a task that pushes us to our limits. But we do it for the health benefits, the way it makes us look and feel, as well as the challenge it presents.
For those of you out there who are new to the sport, or are just starting to find out the benefits of weight training, here are three simple solutions to potential pitfalls you may face during your workout.
Lower the weight
Experts agree that one should start with a weight amount that they could comfortably lift 12 to 15 times. Regarding a proper sequence of events, the weights should be done in a way that moves from larger muscle groups to smaller ones – The most demanding exercises are done when you are still at your best, at your peak.
Don’t rush either… Take the exercise slow, which will allow you to focus on the muscles you want to work. As well, no matter what the weight you are lifting, don’t overdo it. If you are in pain, stop, take a break, and come back another day to conquer the lift.
Use proper form
Exercise through a full range of motion. In doing so, you will strengthen the agonist muscles – which are muscles that cross over the skeletal system and joints and cause movement to occur through its contraction – such as the biceps during the curl.
As you can’t have one without the other, the antagonist muscles – muscles that act in opposition to the movement and thus return the limb to its starting position – are stretched effectively by a full range of motion during workout gloves For example, the triceps would be the antagonist to the biceps during your curls.
This full range of motion in your lifting session will help to enhance muscle building and overall joint flexibility.
Breath out during the weightlifting training, and in as the weight comes back down. If you hold your breath, you may be increasing your blood pressure to dangerous levels. So remember, breathe. And everything will be alright.
Some individuals assume that lifting weights will make the person bulky. I will tell you this, that depends on a few things. The first is diet, what you eat will decide on how the body responds to exercise. The second is how heavy the individual is lifting. When lifting for strength and power, that person would have a chance of adding mass to the body. If your goal is to add muscle and definition which most people want. Then eating good healthy foods with a good workout routine will get you a toner, sleeker and stronger body.
Weightlifting is a great way to get into shape. Men and women are lifting weights more than ever. Understanding that getting the body stronger helps the immune system, and aids to fight off osteoporosis.
When starting an exercise program like this one, start off with light weight. You can always increase the weight as the person gets stronger over time. Building muscle does take some of your time and dedication, but the results will be fantastic. Make fitness a part of your lifestyle today.