If you are currently reading this article, that likely means you are a beginner lifter looking for information on starting weight training. If that is the case, you have come to the right place, as this article is going to be all about weight training for beginners!
We all know that there is so much you can think about when starting weight training. With that in mind, I will be providing you with the 3 most important pieces of information when thinking about a beginner trainee. This will be information that is capable of making your entrance into the weight training world a more smooth and enjoyable experience! Without further ado, let’s hop into the article with suggestion number one!
Don’t Be Intimidated:
This is such a common thing that I see and hear about in the gym, people get intimidated by more experienced lifters, and it causes their training sessions to suffer. It also creates a less enjoyable training experience. A couple of the biggest things that people worry about is others judging them on how big or small they are, and or worrying about if they are doing things improperly.
I can tell you right now that you have nothing to worry about when it comes to people judging your appearance. This is for two simple reasons. Number one is the vast majority of people do not care one bit about how big or small you are. They will likely be applauding you for getting in the gym and doing something, as that is the first and hardest step that many people out there won’t take!
Second of all, anyone who is judging you has already lost. If they are judging you for how big or small you are, I can tell you right now they have many problems of their own that will cause them to keep spinning their wheels, and losing if they don’t get them figured out. If all else fails, think about this, why would you care what a random stranger thinks about you when you are doing one of the best things you can do, working to improve your health!
For the second scenario mentioned that is quite common for people to worry about, here is my opinion! Everyone started out somewhere, that means not a single person was perfect when they first started training. So if you are concerned that someone is judging you for your form, or doing “improper” exercises, remember that they never started out perfect and very likely still aren’t perfect!
As you continue to train, your knowledge will progress as well. So even if there are better ways for you to be doing something, that will come with time! Always have safety at the forefront of your training though, you don’t want to be doing something that will risk you getting injured!
If I can leave this paragraph off on one thing, it would be that hate is the voice of ones own insecurities. Simple as that!
Using Proper Technique:
Talking about a possible lack of experience, this can equate to improper technique. There are proper and improper ways to perform an exercise. As far as your training goes when starting out, improving and striving for perfection in your technique should be your number one focus!
This does two major things. Number one is it reduces your risk for injury. Also, if you get injured, not only can it set you back when it comes to progress, but it can also reduce the enjoyability of your training. Improving your training technique needs to be your priority when starting out. I cannot stress that enough!
The second thing that using proper technique accomplishes is providing you with a strong training base to build from. This allows you to optimally progress from week to week in your training. This can also be done while knowing that the results you are seeing are from the training itself, and not a slow degradation of technique over time.
Progress in Your Training:
The third and final priority of yours when starting to train should be to progress the training stress you are using. Not only will this help with progress itself, however, this progress also helps with your training enjoyability when you see these results!
Progressing your training mainly comes in the form of increasing the sets, reps or weight you are using. However, there are other forms of progression such as reduced rest times, quicker reps, or improvements in technique. Utilizing these forms of progression will help allow you to optimally progress in your training.
When formulating your progression, always make sure you have sustainability at the forefront. This will allow you to consistently execute your plan which is crucial to seeing results!
All in all, the main thing for you to ensure is that you are not letting anyone get in the way of achieving your training goals. As far as the actual training goes, always ensure you are using proper technique and applying the progressive overload principle for continued results!
If you make a habit of executing these suggestions when starting with your training, they should certainly help make your training experience a more smooth and enjoyable ride! I thank you very much for taking the time to read this article and as always, if you have any questions or comments please do not hesitate to leave them below and I will be sure to reply!
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Until Next Time,
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