Weight Training Exercises
If you're ready to get some weight training exercises under your belt and focus your training with some tips and guides on how to list free weights and use the machines properly, then let us help you!
So are you ready for some great weight training tips? One's that are simple and easy to follow and might prevent you injuring yourself.
The aims of exercise for most people are to establish a fitter, stronger body. When using weights an individual can certainly achieve remarkable gains in body strength, however the risk of injury can be high, use the following pointers to help prevent injury to yourself.
Weight training tips are not designed to remove the need for a trainer or to ensure you don't injure yourself, they are purely to help you think about what you are doing to maximise the workout safely and with minimum fuss.
- Warm up and stretch for a good ten minutes before you commence the workout. Stay warm by wearing a sweatshirt when not lifting.
- As soon as poor technique is used, the risk of injury increases, stop before this happens, signs are swinging of the weights or straining in the face, normally with your neck turned.
- Work the muscle smoothly and slowly, to isolate the muscle you are trying to work. Avoid rapid jerking movements, as this still enables the weight to be lifted by using momentum but involves other muscles as well.
- Concentrate on lowering the weight, slower than when you lifted it.
- Avoid dangerous or high-risk exercises, start with the basics, and develop good technique then progress slowly.
- Mimicking other peoples programs should be avoided, have a qualified trainer design the program for you.
- Make sure the weights are safe, collars are on tight or adjustment pins are in securely.
- The area in which you train needs to be safe, no weights or obstacles on the floor, plenty of head room, with a floor that is strong enough, just in case you drop the weight.
- Avoid both hyperventilation and holding of your breath, before and during lifting, unless you are an experienced lifter. Breathe continuously throughout the exercise, exhaling as you lift, and inhaling as you lower.
- Always wear training shoes with good grip.
- Avoid putting your body through any unnatural motion, such as excessive arching of the spine or lifting with a rounded spine.
- Keep the weights dry by using gloves, chalk or having a towel handy.
- Lifting weights away from your body, makes the exercise harder, take this in mind when choosing your weight.
- Aim to train with a partner, they can help you lift a weight off if there is a problem, and also check your technique.
So for more advice and more ideas, all you need do is let netfit.co.uk guide you through the basics and then you can choose your path from there. So why not take a quick look at our abdominal tips page for more ideas.
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