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How to Begin a Weightlifting Routine

By Genevieve Cunningham

If you’re in the fitness world at all, you’ve likely heard that lifting weights is important. It’s a great way to sculpt the muscles, burn more fat, and get the body moving in a direction toward super fitness. But there’s no denying that beginning a weightlifting routine is difficult. The weightroom can be intimidating, and the less that you know, the more likely you are to skip it. If you’re finally ready to tackle this big challenge on the road to fitness, take a look at these three tips for starting out on weights and making the habit stick for good.

Start Small

Do not under any circumstances start out lifting super heavy. You might be able to do it … once. After your initial workout, you’ll be more sore than you can imagine, and you definitely won’t want to hit the weightroom again anytime soon. Don’t do that to yourself. Instead, start with smaller weights and get the form down pat. You’ll still work the muscles and be incredibly sore, but you’ll lower the risk of injury and raise the likelihood that you’ll go back again. Starting small is key, so choose a weight, subtract 10 pounds or so, and start from there.

Get Instruction

Everyone was a beginner at one point or another. No matter your current physique, gender, or background, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with getting professional advice. Before you lift, ask your gym for a trainer to explain each piece of equipment and how it works. Ask them for tips about form and proper technique. This one step can save you injury, big mistakes, and major setbacks on your way to better fitness.

Branch Out

When a lot of people start out on their weightlifting journey, they think of the big lifts. They imagine pumping iron on the bench and throwing heavy weights on the squat. But … then what? Go ahead and start a well balanced routine from the beginning. Ask about deadlifts, power clings, the incline, tricep extensions, and the wealth of other lifts that are available in the weightroom. The more balanced your routine, the more sculpted your body becomes, and the better off you’ll be in the long run.

Lifting weights will make a bigger impact than you think. It’s one of the most important aspects of getting really fit. But it’s definitely hard to get started. Use these tips to get your weightlifting routine off on the right foot, and your body will likely change more and faster than you could ever have imagined.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Allen, Tex.

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