Weight Lifting Tips For Beginners 4
Always Stay Balanced
When weight lifting and exercising in general, you want to stay balanced in what you do, because if you don’t then your muscles will become imbalanced. For example, you want to do exercises that work both sides of the arm or the leg, or anything else. If you are doing bench presses, you also need to do something like rowing or curls, because if you don’t, your triceps will grow from the bench presses, but your biceps will stay the same size.
These muscle imbalances don’t just look funny, because they aren’t very convenient for your body either. Having imbalanced muscles can mean causing yourself injury, both during exercise and during your everyday life. If your muscles are only trained to push but not pull, or pull but not push, you may find that doing certain activities can be very difficult, and in the end it can mean bodily injury. Also, having severe muscle imbalances can lead to balance and posture problems as well. Just imagine having biceps like Hulk Hogan, but not having any triceps to speak of; it’s going to look odd, and it surely isn’t healthy either.
One thing that is really important when lifting weights is to have or build up proper grip strength. After all, when lifting weights you are gripping them with your fingers and hands, and this involves the wrists to a large extent as well. If you don’t have your grip and wrist strength trained and at an adequate level, you could end up injuring your hands, wrists, and your forearms too.
Never try to lift more weight than you feel comfortable picking up off of the weight rack; if your fingers can barely manage to hold on to the weight just when picking it up, then that weight is probably too heavy and your grip strength isn’t ready for it. A great way to train your grip strength is by getting a finger squeezer or grip strength training device. You need adequate grip strength to be able to lift larger amounts of weight and to prevent injury from happening when doing so.
Remember, one of the keys to weight lifting is to start out small, and once you feel comfortable with smaller amounts of weigh, you can then work your way up to larger loads.
After Lifting Meal Time
One of the most important things to remember when lifting weights is that after you are done, you need to get the proper nutrition into your body. Lifting weights and exercising in general will cause your body to burn through calories and protein, calories and proteins that are needed to help your body recover after a strenuous exercise routine. Without the proper after workout meal, you could actually be doing your body more harm than good.
After any hard workout you need to replace the lost carbohydrates which consist of high glycemic carbohydrates, medium glycemic carbohydrates, and low glycemic carbohydrates, each of which play an important role in providing and delivering the needed nutrients to your muscles. Also, protein is needed to support healthy muscle growth, and without enough of it, your muscles aren’t going to grow very much, very quickly, and they won’t be in very good condition. Your most workout meal should have at least 20% of your daily protein needs, and this meal should never take place more than 1 hour after exercising.