Weight Training Program For Beginners - A Few Tips For Weight Lifting Newbies
So you've finally made the decision to start hitting the gym and start packing muscle. Let me first congratulate your wise choice to start taking care of yourself and get in some serious shape. Within a few months of hitting the gym you will start to see results and you will start feeling better about yourself as a result (not to mention how your friends and family will start admiring you and may even become jealous).
The first thing you need to know when it comes to hitting the gym for the first time is that you absolutely must start off slow and light. To clarify, if you haven't been engaged in any weight lifting for a year or more then you should consider yourself a newbie.
The reason is that because after a year of inactivity your muscles will likely have reverted to their normal, inactive state. When you're first hitting the gym your goal is not necessarily to build muscle so much as it is to establish correct technique and 'jump start' the muscles into the process of building muscles.
I should also point out that if you are truly brand new to weight lifting it is always a good idea to consult a doctor and even undergo a complete physical to make sure that you are physically capable of intense weight lifting. Not everyone is suited for weight lifting and for some people with certain conditions it can be potentially hazardous.
For the best results starting out you will want to train no more than three times per week and no more than one hour per session with one muscle group being targeted on each session. You should stick with this schedule for the first eight to ten weeks you are working out so as to prevent serious injury.
After the initial eight to ten week period has expired then, and only then, can you begin to increase the length and intensity of your workouts. Another reason for this eight to ten week 'light' period is to also get you in the mental frame of mind you will need for regular weight lifting.
The biggest obstacle you will likely face when it comes to weight training is maintaining the dedication that is required to hit the gym on a regular basis. The average person who begins weight training usually quits within three to four months never to return again. The first three to four months are also tough because you likely won't see many results from your efforts.
If you can get through the first few months then you probably have what it takes to become a champion!
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