Since losing weight and being fit are two of the trending goals of people nowadays (in terms of the physical aspect), many are now finding the time to squeeze in some workout and exercises in their busy schedules. Some go out of their ways and enroll in weight lifting workouts while others prefer doing strength training workouts first. Despite the increasing demand, a lot of people still do not know the dos and don’ts when performing strength training routines. Take note that performing strength training routines actually has many benefits. In addition, you don’t even have to hire a personal trainer to be able to do the routine (although some consultations are preferred, especially for newbies). Not hiring one will require you to be more careful and be more aware of the things you should and should not do in working out. Here are some of the do’s and dont’s when doing strength training routines – to help ensure that you’re always on the right track.
Don’t assume that you can hurry training.
Overtraining caused by hard routines three or more times a day will result in fatigue and maybe some injuries. These injuries and the feeling of tiredness will only make you feel worse. Remember to take a rest, maybe a day or two, to allow your body to recover. You may think that resting for even a day is such a waste of training time but mind you, muscle building does not happen during the course of your training but rather, during the time your muscles are resting. The building of muscles takes place during the recovery phase so If you don’t rest, you’ll never achieve your bodybuilding goals.
Don’t think that strength training is a cure for your ailment.
Weight loss is of course one of the benefits you could get from strength training routines but it does not do all the job alone. De-stressing and proper diet are done together with exercise.
Do a targeted training.
Using equipment and other exercise machines is a great idea in strengthening more muscles in the body than just using free weights.
Do have a schedule.
Be consistent in your schedules. Make staggered exercises every other day and give your muscles ample time to recover.
Do have a change of routine.
Change of routine every 4-6 weeks is recommended. This should be done in order to avoid the “getting used to” factor that slows down the muscle buildup. You may either change the routine itself or just the intensity – it’s up to you. Again, just remember not to overdo it.
Do aim for a specific goal.
What do you really want to get out of these strength training routines? Setting clear objectives will keep you motivated.
Do exercise at least once a week.
An exercise of major muscle groups such as triceps, biceps, abs, quads, shoulders, calves and the like should be done at least once a week. Failure to balance your exercise is just as harmful to the body as not doing any exercise at all.