If you are considering starting a new routine that includes weight training, check out some of these weight training tips for the best workout.
Whether you are just starting out with weightlifting or are an expert the following ideas can help increase the chances your routines will be enhanced and more successful.
Make and Follow a Plan
There’s a reason most people fail at their training routines. They don’t have goals. By setting goals and writing them down, along with a road map on how to attain them, you have a greater chance of success.
You may want to do some research as to what type of work out is going to be best for your goals — for example, do you want to bulk up or are you strength training or both?
It is suggested that a training cycle that revolves around 12-week blocks, with those broken down into 2 to 3 mini blocks can give you a great start. Each mini block will be different so all different type of weight training are covered and you receive the maximum benefits.
Keep a Journal
Your written plan and a journal can actually be the same thing. By writing in your journal, you can stay abreast of your progress. Your journal will outline the facts of you following your training plan. It will let you see your progress in black and white and makes you step up and follow your plan.
Include “Big” Movements
Within your workouts, you should always include multi-joint movements /exercises as these can be some of the most beneficial. These movements include:
- Bench presses
- Shoulder press
- Calf raises
Balance is Very Important
You’ve probably seen some people in the gym that do nothing but bench press — their shoulders are pulled forward and rounded. This is because only one type of exercise is being performed.
You should strive to work all muscle groups. Yes, it’s that dread “arm” or “leg” day issue. The more balanced your work out is, the more balanced your physique will become. Additionally, if you only train certain muscles groups, you have a high risk of injury.
Cardio and Stretching
As much as you want to just get right to the weights, it is important to warm up with some cardio and stretching. You should strive to start your session with about five to 15 minutes of cardio. This cardio warm up will increase your core temperature and lower your risk of injury.
Following your cardio, you should stretch the body part that you will be working on. And of course, never, ever stretch a cold muscle!
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