Weight Training Tips
If you’re just starting a weight training routine or even if you have been training for years, you want to make the most out of your training. You want to have a goal in mind and a plan to achieve that goal. There are no shortcuts. The results you see are the results you’ve earned. If you have mediocre workouts, then you will get mediocre results. What is mediocre? Something that’s not effective. Driving to the gym to walk on the treadmill is not effective. You’ll burn some calories but there will be little change in body composition. In order to get the best results possible, check out our 5 tips for anyone into weight lifting.
1) Proper Form
2) Train Towards Your Goals
4) Have Fun
5) Focus On Yourself
1) Start off by getting proper form down. People have a tendency to go in the gym and try to outlift each other or train with their ego, often resulting in injury and dissatisfaction in appearance. If you load up the bench press because everyone else loads it up you might end of targeting muscle groups you’re not intending to target or worse-get injured. The bench press is used to work your chest so if you put on more than you can handle, don’t wonder why your delts get sore quicker than your chest does (keep those elbows tucked in). I would check out MusclePharm’s Co-Founder Cory Gregory’s youtube channel as he has tons of videos that illustrate good weight lifting form.
2) Keep your workouts goal orientated. If your goal is to be explosive sprinter, make sure you get in a lot of squat work and lunge work over other exercises like seated leg extension. On the other hand, if your goal is overall physique, than make sure you focus on symmetry. Sculpting your physique is a form of art and therefore you should always look to see what body parts you can improve. Remember that the largest room in the world is the room for improvement.
3) Consistency is key. There are plenty of us who find temporary motivation to go workout. We may go to the gym consistently for a couple of weeks and maybe even a couple of months. But what happens when we don’t see the improvement that we would like to see? We become discouraged and often times stop going to the gym as often. We want to make working a part of our lives just like brushing your teeth and taking a shower everyday (hopefully). Weight lifting isn’t a fad, it’s a lifestyle. The discipline and values that working out provides should carry into other aspects of your life. I’m sure we’ve all heard the analogy that squatting is like life; getting back up when life knocks you down. When the pressure is on, YOU have to perform.
4) Have Fun doing what you do. Even when I’m screaming inside from the pain of heavy squats, I LOVE IT. I love seeing improvements in my body composition. I love hitting a new PR (personal record). This is all starts with passion. You have to be passionate about getting better. You have to wake up each day with a burning desire to get better. Whether you’re into Powerlifitng or Sprinting or both, you have to want to become the best version of yourself that you can be.
5) Don’t worry about anyone else but yourself in the gym. Don’t worry that you can’t bench 225 yet; don’t worry that you’ve never been to the section with dumbells over 80lbs. All of this comes with time. Also don’t worry about others use of PED’s. Whether or not someone uses them is their choice and their life and not for you to criticize. Also don’t assume that because someone looks like the Hulk automatically means their juicing. A lot of these people have been working out for decades and it is unfair to make assumptions. The only person you should worry about is yourself.
What tips have you learned from weight lifting in the gym? Let us know in the comments below!