How Do I Start Weight Lifting

First you need to get motivated and know exactly why you want to start lifting weights. The more specific your objective is and what you want to achieve the easier it's going to be to plan ahead. For example if you want to do Olympic weight-lifting it is a completely different sport to bodybuilding, so you need to do a bit of research.

If you want to play baseball, hockey or football better than you do, then you need to plan your workouts specifically for this purpose. Let's assume that you are a normal average person who just wants to increase his/her lean body mass, not for any specific purpose other than feeling and looking better.

You now need to decide whether you want to train at home or join a gym. Obviously this will make a big difference to how and when you train. If you join a decently equipped gym you will certainly have access to the basic free weights needed to do compound lifts.

You should start off slowly and know that whatever you do on your first workout you will get DOMS (delayed onset muscle soreness) which is the pain in the muscles that you worked on yesterday. If you are training three times a week you will be doing the Big Four, squats, deadlifts, bench-press and military press.

Starting slowly and learning correct form is a vital ingredient if you want to see results as you get stronger without getting injured. Learning to breathe correctly as you train together with basic stretching and warm-up techniques is the minimum requirement.

Adding muscle however is not that simple because you also need to take just as much care with your eating and sleeping habits. The muscle damage you do at the gym gets repaired by the good nutrition you eat and the quality rest and recovery you allow yourself.

Our bodies are made up of 80% water so we need to keep our system flushed at all times. Drinking water is just as important as eating correctly, resting correctly and training correctly. Adding muscle to your body is not easy and requires total dedication to see results. It is therefore strongly advised that you do some research when deciding exactly why you want to start weight lifting.

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