If you are exercising in the hopes of achieving a better and healthier body and you are not utilising some form of resistance training, then it’s time to make a change.
I could write an entire article on the benefits of resistance training, but this article is more focussed on the ‘HOW’ rather than the ‘WHY’. I’ll just give you a few dot points –
To start with, I am going to chat about some myths you will hear in regards to weight training, the first and most prominent being ‘I don’t want to lift weights, it’ll make me look too bulky’, this one is a beauty. Let me just say, many people train for years, lifting big weights in the hope of looking bulky, and even then, it sometimes doesn’t happen. A lot more needs to go into your lifestyle for ‘bulk’ to start occurring, especially for females. Lifting weights will improve your body composition, making you look leaner, if you’re getting bulky; it’s time to look at your diet.
Another myth is that you need to get sore after every workout. Here’s a quick explanation, to build muscle it has been known for a long time that you need three components.
Damage has always been number three and the last one you should worry about, some studies are even saying it is not important at all as it effectively reduces our strength essentially robbing us of the amount of training at high intensity that we can do.
So what should you do? I would recommend getting an experienced exercise professional to write you a program, but if you want to have a crack yourself here are some of the major rules.
There are plenty more, but let’s leave them for another day! Remember always train with a friend or somebody who can spot you and have fun!!