Do you even lift bro?
If the answers no then where have you been for the last 18 months.
Lifting is everywhere and it’s here to stay.
Weightlifting is a great way to build muscle, fight fat, increase mobility and even ease depression. Not only will it help you on your way to getting that banging body, it’ll also help you lead a healthier, and all round happier, life! So what are you waiting for?!
Read on for my top 5 tips on starting a weightlifting program.
Get your form on point
I can’t stress enough how important this is. Not only will it help to keep you safe and injury free; it’ll also help you to keep hitting those coveted PB’s you’ll hear gym goers getting overly excited about.
Additionally, it’s much easier (and quicker) in the long run to spend time dialling in your technique to begin with than it is to correct poor form once it has become habit.
Find a personal trainer – yes it might be expensive but it is so worth it. Just a few sessions will help you with your form as well as giving you a good idea of what you can achieve/do in a typical gym session.
Don’t be one of those people! You know the ones with the massive egos?! You might think you’re god’s gift or that you’ve been doing xxxx sport for ten years but that doesn’t make you Arnie. Start off light and work your way up – you’ll probably get to the bigger weights quicker as you’ll have concentrated on learning the correct technique and preparing your body for all the extra stress you’ll be putting it under in the coming months.
Literally start with an empty barbell and once you have mastered that, add some weight. Every lift you perform should feel right and should be performed to it’s full range of motion. So if your lift is anything but perfect, take the weight off and start again.
Set yourself goals and stick to them
It’s so important to set yourself goals and weightlifting is the perfect way to do this as you can easily track your weights to see how much you are improving.
Set yourself smaller short term goals and larger long term goals. It might be to perfect your technique by the end of the month, increase your weight by 10kg in 3month or enter your first powerlifting competition in 6months. No matter how big or small, as long as you are setting goals, tracking them and pushing yourself hard you won’t be hitting the dreaded plateau.
Look after your body
You only get the one body so make sure you are looking after it. Yes our bodies can take a lot of stress and will work hard under pressure but make sure you’re looking after, and not abusing it – your lifts will suffer if you’re not treating it right!
Firstly, make sure you warm up before your workout especially if you sit at a desk all day (check out my article on keeping healthy at work). Do some static and dynamic stretches before getting your heartrate up and finally warming up your lifts.
Secondly, make sure you are getting enough sleep. The more strain you put your body under the more rest it will need to recover. For more information check out a recent article on the blog here.
And finally, make sure you are feeding your body right – as the saying goes, you wouldn’t put regular unleaded in a Ferrari!
…because there’s just no time like the present!!!
Stop reading this blog post and get your ass to the gym before I come round and drag you there – just joking! But definitely look into how you can get started – research local gyms, PT’s, lifting classes or get in touch with your friend who lifts to see if they will show you the ropes. Once you start you’ll turn your back on your cardio bunny days for good!
Please remember if you have any underlying health issues then make sure you consult a doctor before starting any new fitness regime.
And finally, if you have anymore questions about starting a weightlifting program or need pointing in the right direction then please leave me a comment below and I’d be happy to help!!