Weight-Lifting Tips for Newbies

Strength training shouldn't be intimidating. You should own the fact that you are new and ready to lift weights. Look at it this way: Everyone was a newbie at some point. So even though you see guys lifting heavy weights and grunting, or people doing crazy exercises with weights, doesn't mean they started out that way.

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So many people are scared to lift weights and just stay on cardio machines at the gym. Weight training balances any workout routine, and actually burns more fat than cardio. Lifting weights also increases power, builds muscles and sculpts the body. So why be scared?

Many people are intimidated to use weights because of the surrounding environment. If you're at a gym and want to use weights, but are not sure where to begin, ask a trainer to help. Any good trainer doesn't mind taking 10 minutes out of his or her day to show you a few basic moves. You just need to know the basics to feel comfortable with the weights. Use light weights to begin—you don't want to overdo it.

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Create Your Space

If you don't want to be in the middle of a gym lifting weights, then find a spot where you'll feel comfortable. If you are at a gym, find a corner to work out in. Sometimes lifting in the corner is better because you won't get distracted by the heavy lifters or the chatty Kathy's of the gym. You can get in the zone and focus on your own goals.

If you don't want to weight train in a gym, that's perfectly fine. You can pick up some weights at your local sports store and train at home or somewhere outdoors, like the park. Create a comfortable environment and you eliminate one can't-do excuse. Don't be scared to start lifting weights.   

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Don't Be Lazy

So many people create excuses as to why they can't lift weights. I'm guilty, too. Excuses such as, "I'm tired and have no energy", "I think I need a few more days of recovery" or "I don't want to bulk up" are often said. But, weight training actually boosts energy, speeds up recovery and tones the body. Unless your doctor advices against lifting weights don't let excuses hold you back. If you need motivation to lift weights, use these suggestions:

  • Find a workout partner
  • Hire a trainer
  • Lose weight
  • Get healthy
  • Prove to other people you can get in shape
  • Make a wager. For every pound lost, you'll donate a certain amount of money to your favorite charity.

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