Get Hooked On Weight Trainingby Garrett J. Braunreiter - Global Health & Fitness Success
Why do some men and women, in the effort to
improve their fitness, still resist weight training? Here are some motivating
ideas for building weight-room confidence and helping you understand why this
method of exercise is so very important to your success
1. Lift weights to lose fat: One of the
biggest mistakes people make when starting an exercise and nutrition program is
not including a weight training program with their cardiovascular exercise and
low-fat eating regimen. This is unfortunate because when we cut calories
without exercise, we can lose muscle as well as fat. And when you lose muscle,
your body becomes a lot less efficient at burning fat. However, when you gain
muscle, you can actually condition your body to burn fat more efficiently...24
hours a day!
2. You feel strong and fit: It's a great
feeling when you look in the mirror during your workouts and see your back
muscles, biceps, shoulders, and legs flexing. If you're unsure about proper
lifting technique, hire a personal trainer for a few sessions. The money you
invest is well worth it, as is the time and energy you put towards an effective
program. And weight training can definitely increases your confidence. It's a
wonderful feeling to feel strong, especially after a workout. You look forward
to looking in the mirror, and actually like what you see.
3. You have more energy: Even if you're
just starting out with a few basic weight training exercises, very quickly you
won't believe how fantastic you'll feel. Instead of making an excuse to skip
your workout, you'll make excuses to do just one more set. Plus, with the
excess fat you're going to lose, there will be less of you to lug around and
therefore less fatigue.
4. Youll finally see the results:
Knowing what to do makes all the difference. Many people go to the gym for
months even years and wonder why they're not getting any results. Well, it's
because they're doing the same darn workout every time.
This is a critical point: you can either quit out
of frustration, or you can become a sponge for knowledge and get some help. Get
your hands on fitness magazines, books, the trainers at the gym, ask other
successful exercisers, or hire a coach. Learn what you need to do to make your
program successful. Acquiring the knowledge and getting help is all you need to
At first you may question what you're doing: are you going
to get too big, are you wasting your time, how do you know this will work? But
then you see other men and women who have been weight training for years and
they look terrific. Here's the telltale sign that your program is working: you
start to see definition and feel firmness in muscles you never thought you
5. You won't get bored: I suspect many
people don't lift weights because they think it will be boring. Just remember
to change your routine every 3-4 weeks to keep things fresh and your body
responding to your training. Change the reps, the sets, the weight, the rest
period, the exercise order, etc. Training only gets boring if you allow it
6. You have everyday, functional strength:
Weight training does wonders to help you with activities of daily living:
Housework, yard work, moving furniture, and carrying bags of groceries without
gasping for air and pooping out within minutes. If you have a medical condition
such as arthritis or multiple sclerosis, lifting weights can be a godsend. You
can rely on weight training to keep you strong where once all your strength was
7. You have a stronger back: Juggling a
30-pound toddler and a few bags of groceries while pulling out the stroller can
put your back in a compromising position. When you lift weights, you strengthen
your upper and lower body, which reduces strain on your back when you're forced
to lift heavy loads. Plus, don't you think it would feel really good to walk
around knowing that your back is as tight and toned as your legs?
8. You can train at home: Have you been
putting off getting started with your weight training program because you felt
you had to belong to a gym? You can implement a very effective weight training
program no matter where you are. Invest in some dumbbells and an adjustable
bench and you're set. Get some exercise videos or books that focus on strength
training; now you can lift weights on your own anytime you like.
9. You can get rid of pain: Do you have
limited range of motion in your joints? A bad knee? A wrenched neck? Bum
shoulder? weight training promotes strength in your joints so you have ease of
movement. That old knee problem improves enough for you to can go hiking in the
mountains for days without pain. No pain, more endurance. You can do more
outdoorsy things - and have fun while doing them!
10. You build stronger bones: Bone responds
to weight training the same way that muscles do, by becoming stronger and
denser. Building strong bones can be the best defense against osteoporosis.
You're more active, more mobile, and without lower back pain. And age doesn't
matter; you can start when you're 65 and still experience tremendous benefits
from a weight training program. IT IS NEVER TOO LATE TO START A WEIGHT TRAINING
This article was provide by Garrett J.
Braunreiter, CSCS, GHF's Success Coach.