Tips for Weight Lifting Newbies

If you want to brush up your mus­cle def­i­n­i­tion or build up your strength, you’re prob­a­bly going to end up doing some weight train­ing. Lift­ing weights is a great way to get stronger, build mus­cle, and buff up. If you’ve never lifted before or if you’re get­ting back into lift­ing after a long absence, there are a num­ber of things you need to keep in mind.

  • Choose rea­son­able goals for your­self: It may not be smart to go in with the goal of lift­ing a house or build­ing mus­cles until you’re ripped like She-Hulk. Set smaller, more attain­able goals and mon­i­tor your progress. As you accom­plish your goals, set new ones. You can get sculpted like a Greek god, but it’s prob­a­bly smarter to shoot for some­thing a lit­tle more prac­ti­cal first.
  • Know your lim­its: You may feel strong enough to lift a large slab of lime­stone, but that doesn’t mean you should try. Lift­ing too much weight can lead to seri­ous injuries. Learn your lim­its and don’t overdo it.
  • Learn the proper tech­niques for a few exer­cises: There are a ton of exer­cises you can do, dif­fer­ent ways of lift­ing, but as you start off, you should con­cen­trate on learn­ing just a few. Your body will mem­o­rize the moments more quickly if it’s not over­whelmed. Also, learn to use the proper tech­nique for the exer­cises you choose. This way, you’ll not only avoid injury, but you’ll get faster results.
  • Find a buddy: Pump­ing iron alone can be a lonely expe­ri­ence for a new­bie. So, take a friend. You’ll have some­one to com­pete with and moti­vate you. Also, you’ll have some­one to spot you.
  • Get plenty of rest: Rest is essen­tial to build­ing mus­cle. Tired mus­cles can’t lift as intensely and are more prone to injury. Rest up, and rotate which mus­cle groups you work so you’re not work­ing the same mus­cles too many days in a row.
  • Work on get­ting stronger: Whether you want to bulk up of just work on your def­i­n­i­tion, adding strength will help you. Becom­ing stronger also helps you do more com­pli­cated exercises.
  • Don’t get intim­i­dated: Going to a gym packed with hard bod­ies can scare a first-timer. Don’t let it. Remem­ber, every per­son in that gym was either over­weight, out of shape, or a 90-pound wuss at some point.
  • Gym Prep List

    Here are a few items you want to make sure you have before set off to work out:

    • Gym clothes: They should be light­weight and comfortable.
    • Shoes: They don’t need to be any­thing spe­cial, but they should cover your toes.
    • Water bot­tle: Bet­ter for keep­ing you hydrated than pit stops at the drink­ing fountain.
    • Gloves: To keep your hands from blis­ter­ing and give you good grip.
    • Gym bag: Keep­ing all your stuff together in a bag help save time when you’re on your way out.