Do you want to look good, feel strong and have confidence in your own skin?
Yes? Then you should start lifting weights. Everyone would benefit from weight training. A bold claim, but one I am going to demonstrate by showing you the benefits. Once you see the results that you can achieve by weight lifting you may find yourself wanting to give it a try yourself as regular training can reap many health benefits.
5 benefits of weight training
1. Improves performance. In sport and daily activities.
2. Increases bone density. Lifting weights is a great way to control bone loss as you get older and you are never too old to get started.
3. Promotes fat-free body mass. Lean muscle mass will make you look, feel and perform better as well as aid weight loss.
4. Increases strength of muscles, tendons and connective tissue. Which can lead to improved performance and reduce the risk of injury.
5. Improves body confidence. Feeling strong and looking better will make you more confident.
Common questions and concerns
Why would I want to improve my performance?
Everyone would feel the benefits of feeling stronger. Not just at the gym but it can make it easier to complete simple daily tasks too. Whether you find daily chores a challenge or not get stronger and make it easier.
I don’t want to get big muscles!
One of the most common misconceptions about weight lifting is that if you start lifting you will suddenly look like the incredible hulk. This really isn’t the case. Lean muscle mass is what gives us a tight defined figure if coupled with a relatively low body fat percentage. Building muscle mass is a goal for many people that lift weight but it is by no means the results that everyone who lifts weights get. You have to eat big to get big and if you weight train as part of a balanced, high protein diet it’s the tighter, more defined figure that you will be sculpting.
Should I lift weights?
The simple answer is yes. Depending upon your individual goals the methods and frequency of training may vary but it is recommended that you lift weights. From sports specific training to wanting to look better, you will benefit from the results of training in this way. It’s about finding the right weights routine for you. Give it a try and chances are you may start loving the new challenge of your workouts. If you have any pre-existing medical conditions or have never tried lifting before make sure you seek professional advice before you start.
How do I start?
1. Get some weights. You can start at home or get down to the gym.
2. Get professional advice. Make sure you get advice so that you know what you are doing. Knowledge is key so it is vital that you get professional guidance to make sure you are lifting safely and efficiently.
3. Plan a workout routine (or get one designed specifically for you) and get a diary to keep a log of your strength gains.
I have seen fantastic results with my clients who have started to lift weights and they have found a whole new enjoyment in training. Not only that, I have experienced first-hand the difference that weight training can have on the shape of your body as opposed to just doing cardio training. If you are looking for a strong, tight and taut body then without doubt you should give training with weights a go. It can be fun, rewarding and a great challenge!
I hope this information is useful, if you have any questions about anything please get in touch.
Vicki is a Personal Trainer, Coach and Swimming Teacher with the aim of helping others achieve their health and fitness goals.