Weight Training

How To Start Weight Training

Heading in to the weight section of the gym for the first time can be very daunting, but it is crucial to take the plunge and venture in to the land of the unknown.

Peoples view of the weight section is a testosterone filled space of grunting males strutting round like a peacock, trying to be the alpha male of the gym. They always tend to look like they have been shopping at baby gap as their clothes don’t fit.

First of all it is 2017. Yes, there are still males like the ones I have explained above but now everyone does some form of weight training. If you haven’t structured weight training in to your routine then now is the time.

The weight section is for all walks of life. It should be used by everyone whether it be an athlete, someone looking to lose weight, or an elderly person. The reason why it should be used by everyone is because it has many benefits regardless as to why you are exercising.

Here are just a few benefits of starting a weight training routine

  • Improved Muscle Strength
  • Improved Muscle Tone
  • Helps with Weight Loss
  • Improves Stamina
  • Controls Pain
  • Improves Posture
  • Reduces the risk of Osteoporosis
  • Increases Self Confidence

I could go on and on with a huge list of benefits. As you can see with the ones I have mentioned, weight training is for everyone.

  • Want to lose 20kg?……….Weight Train
  • Want to improve your weekend cycle time?…………Weight Train
  • Want to keep your bones strong?……….Weight Train
  • Want to get rid of your back pain?………Weight Train

I am going to give you some tips when it comes to starting your weight training routine.

Start simple

When it comes to weight training, you want to start off with simple exercises. I would start off with working on either bodyweight exercises, resistance machines, or basic free weight exercises.

  • Bodyweight Exercises – Press ups, Squats, Tricep Dips, Pull Ups
  • Resistance Machines – Leg Press, Chest Press, Lat Pulldown, Shoulder Press
  • Free Weight Exercises – Shoulder Press, Leg Press, Chest Press, Single Arm Row

Master the movements

Now you have selected your exercises, it is time to master them. Weight training is not about how much you can lift; it is about how well you can do the movement.

  • Make sure you stay in the correct position at all times
  • Make sure you are completing the full range of motion
  • Make sure you aren’t lifting a weight that restricts the above two points

Never walk in to the gym without a plan

Walking in to the gym without a plan is like walking in to the supermarket without a shopping list. You will walk in to a supermarket and buy a variety of snacks and treats and then get home and realise you have no food to make a meal.

A weight training plan will get you to follow a structured routine to ensure you achieve what you set out to achieve. It means that you wont just go in and do a few bicep curls because everyone likes toned arms and all the others in the gym are doing them. It keeps you on the right track, along the road to self improvement.

Dont worry about what anyone else is doing

Everyone has their own reasons for doing weight training. You will see many variations of exercises, some right and some wrong. It is your job to just focus on what you have been told by an expert.

Most people who do weight training believe for some reason that they know everything there is to know. There is always a variety of people talking the talk but not walking the walk. They will tell you what your doing is wrong because it is not the way they do it, and then when they eventually start doing their bicep curls, it looks like they are humping thin air.

Ask for help

If you ever get stuck setting up a resistance machine, confused with your exercise programme, or just need some advice on how to progress, then don’t get scared and avoid the problem. Instead you should always ask for help.

The best people to ask are the fitness experts who work in the gym. These are gym instructors or personal trainers who hold relevant qualifications to enable you are receiving the correct advice. You are also more than happy to ask myself and I will be more than happy to answer any questions you may have.

Get Involved. Train Right. Improve More.

1 comment on “How To Start Weight Training

  1. This article is spot on with great advice. You will see a lot of training plans with 100 different exercises but most are not required. A few simple movements with emphasis on proper position and body tension is key to a successful training plan.

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