Customize Your Weightlifting Routine
Everyone’s weightlifting routine will vary based on a wide variety of factors. But there are some basic guidelines to follow to help develop a customized plan for you and help ensure you stick with it.
One of the first steps to success is creating a realistic schedule. Decide in advance how many days a week you want to lift based on your specific goals and overall health.
Have clearly defined goals when planning your workout routine. Do you want to lose weight and gain mass? Do you want to lose weight but avoid bulking up? Or you just may want to build strength and improve overall health. Deciding your goals in advance will help you choose the best routine to achieve the results you’re looking for.
If you’re new to weightlifting or it’s been a while since you’ve hit the gym, it’s wise to take it slow at first. Take into consideration any limitations you may have before you begin so you know what your body is capable of. Talking to your doctor before a new exercise regiment is also a good idea. This is so important because overall general health will dictate how often you can workout without risk of injury or fatigue that can lead to you quitting.
Slow and Steady
An effective bodybuilding routine will concentrate on working certain parts of the body once a week with rest days between workouts to allow your muscles to recover.
To allow for continuing progress, your program must always be changing your workout load. That means adding weight or repetitions when your muscles become stronger. There’s no one set formula for how much weight you should add at any specific time. Just listen to your body and add sufficient weight that will push your muscles so that they can grow.
There are countless workout videos and DVDs that offer total body workouts that you can do in the privacy of your own home. Some specifically designed for weight training that teaches the proper lifting technique to help improve results and avoid injury.
If you do any weightlifting at home, adjustable dumbbells are a great option for your regime. They take up very little space but offer a wide variety of easily adjustable weight sets.
Workout programs are as varied as the people who utilize them. No one plan will work for everyone. Taking all factors into consideration (such as age, gender, capabilities, and goals) will help tailor a plan that works best for you.