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Building Your Strength: A Beginner's Guide to Starting Weight Training Safely and Effectively
Getting fit makes life much more enjoyable, and it's one of the best things you can do for your health. Set yourself up for long-term fitness success with these five simple steps.
How To Prepare the body for exercise
Proper hydration and nutrition are critical for the success of your exercise session. Aim to drink 8 to 20 ounces of water 30 minutes before your session and sip water throughout your workout. Eating something an hour before that is easily digestible will also help with your energy levels.
Learn What To Eat Before A Workout here
The last thing you want to do is injure yourself. Taking it slow allows you to listen to your body because you may not realize that you have hidden joint issues. It also gives you time to adapt to the new workload you are putting on your body.
Start with bodyweight exercises
Before adding weights to your exercise program, go with bodyweight exercises for the first 2 to 3 weeks before you go into lifting weights. This will help improve your range of motion. You want to make sure you can move without any issues.
Add weight to your lifting exercises slowly over time
The concept called progressive overload is to make your workouts more challenging over time to place more stress on your muscles and central nervous systems.
One of the main benefits of strength training is getting stronger. Strength is measured by being able to lift more. But there are a host of other benefits.
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Chad Derowitsch, MBA