Is Strength Training Right For YOU?
Strength Training Helps You Build Muscle
Can Strength Training Improve Mental Health?
How Heavy Should You Lift?
So how heavy do you need to lift? The majority of people who try strength training do not lift heavy enough. It is important to use light weights to practice and perfect lifting techniques but after that, it is important that you push yourself to your strength limits. If you are doing sets of 10 or 12 then the last 2 or 3 should be very tough. If 15 repetitions with this weight are possible then you need to increase your weight accordingly. You should feel at the end of the session like you would have really struggled to do any more of each exercise. Remember, it is only by letting the body experience these limits that your body feels it necessary to increase your strength to cope with the current demands. If it doesn’t FEEL that it is necessary, then it simply won’t make stronger muscles and you will experience a strength plateau where you are potentially maintaining but not gaining strength.
How to get the correct Strength Training Technique
It is imperative that you take the time to get the techniques right when strength training: loading the body in an incorrect movement pattern can do you more harm than good. If you have any prior injuries, it is also important to ensure that the affected area is particularly warm before asking anything of it (activation exercises can be used here!) Also be sure to integrate any rehab exercises into your training program because your weakest area will hold you back if you don’t nurture it back to optimum health.
If you aren’t sure whether you are doing the exercises right, ask a Personal Trainer to help you. You can also look at what muscles the exercise be working and see if you feel it in those places. If you are doing weighted lunges where the work should be in the legs but you are feeling it primarily in the back, then there is a good chance that you are doing something incorrectly. You do not to do strength training in a gym – many of our clients have free weights and kettlebells that they use in their home training sessions. You can also do the work outside in your garden or Local Park when the weather is good for that extra vitamin D boost! Whether you are training by yourself, with a friend or with a Personal Trainer: enjoy what you do and celebrate all the improvements you are making! Your time and effort will always pay off if you are working out consistently and effectively.
Have you tried Strength Training?
Have you tried strength training? How did you find it? Did you feel the difference physically and mentally? Please do send me any videos you have of yourself lifting and I will offer free advice that could help you reach your goals. If you haven’t filmed yourself then try it! Often, you can get the best view of how you need to improve by simply seeing yourself in action.
Lift yourself up with lifting weights! Lift safely and lift well ☺ who knows how high you can get!
We Can Help
Here at Freespirit Fitness Culture, we always do telephone or face to face consultations so we can have that necessary exchange of information. It provides the opportunity to find out about one another and gives the space to voice expectations about the journey ahead. Finding your perfect trainer and strength trainer is so important because it isn’t having a personal trainer that makes a difference, it is having the right Personal Trainer for you.
You can contact us via email, telephone or social media. We will be happy to help.
Ask us all the of the questions detailed above, are we the perfect fit for you?
t: 07912 444 660
” I train with Victoria regularly and because she knows my strengths and weaknesses, I felt that she was able to focus on the parts of my body that needed it most. I am now 1 stone lighter, 20 times stronger and 100 times happier after 12 months with Free Spirit Fitness! “