Why You Don’t Need a Trainer

The thing to understand about weightlifting is that you can probably tell when you’ve got too much weight because your body will let you know.  That said, it is pretty easy to injure yourself if you don’t know what you’re doing.  But you needn’t shell out beaucoup bucks for a personal trainer to school you on the finer points of bulking with weights.  In truth, you can learn everything you need to know from other, less expensive sources.  Here are just a few tips to get you started on the path to self-monitored lifting without the help of a professional trainer.

Before you even get started in workout you need to think about your reasons for wanting to add weightlifting to your exercise regimen.  Are there certain muscle groups you’d like to tone?  Perhaps you’re looking to lose fat and replace it with muscle (or simply lose weight more quickly).  Or maybe your goal is to increase overall muscle mass or even become a contender for the title of World’s Strongest Man (at the annual competition).  These are very different goals that will require a variety of approaches when it comes to weight training.  So you need to go into the process with a clear idea of what you hope to accomplish.

From there, you should start researching online.  There are hundreds of tutorials that will discuss not only comprehensive programs for different styles of lifting, but they’ll also offer safety tips and detailed instructions for specific lifts and weight ranges.Suppose for example that you’re interested in bulking your pecs (chest muscles) by bench pressing workouts.  You need to know how much weight is safe to start with (you can always add more if it’s too easy), how many reps and sets to shoot for, and what to do if you find yourself struggling (ALWAYS use a spotter).  Proper form is also key for safety and maximum results.  You can find all of this information online.
You can also uncover about a zillion workouts videos (both DVDs and streaming video) that will show you (as well as telling you) how to perform different types of lifts (in addition to explaining which muscle groups they work and the results you can hope to accomplish).  This is a good option for those who are looking to add weight training to a cardio regimen as a way to tone and tighten or alternately, aid in weight loss (or both).  You can find tons of programs & workouts that will cater to those seeking aerobic workouts with the addition of hand weights.
There are many ways you can see to your ongoing state of health; you can visit your doctor for an annual physical, hit up health testing centers for targeted exams, create a nutritious diet that includes organic and natural foods (and plenty of water), and get a solid seven to eight hours of sleep each night.  You may even practice relaxation techniques as a way to reduce stress (and associated disorders).  But if you’re not throwing exercise into the mix, you may be missing out on the key to feeling great.  And adding weights is an important part of the equation since solid muscle mass protects your bones and internal organs, as well as burning more calories (than fat).  So if you aren’t lifting, you need to stop and ask yourself why not.  If the cost of a trainer is all that’s holding you back, then you’re free to start any time.

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