Weight training techniques

What weight training techniques will work for you?

Weight training techniques can vary anywhere using free-weights or weight training stations. There are even ways of getting stronger without using any type of weights or machines.

For years the most common method of strength training involved “free weights”. When using free weights, the whole idea is to increase the amount of weight that is added to the bar in order to stress the muscles more.

One of the most important aspects of using proper weight training techniques is to only lift the amount of weight that is within your physical ability. Often lifting too much too soon will result in injury or discouragement.

The secret is to add weight to the bar in small increments as your muscles develop. Eventually you become stronger and more able to deal with the added demands you are placing on them.

Weight lifting stations allow for better weight training technique

Over time, weight lifting and overall strength training evolved from free-weights to weight lifting machines and stations.

Although there are those who still prefer free weights, most fitness centers have leaned toward weight lifting stations. Often they have smaller areas designated for free weights.

There are several advantages to using weight stations. First of all there is no changing of plates required and that leaves more time for actually working out.

Also, most weight stations have safety features in place that enable exercises to be done without a spotter.

It’s also possible to buy weight stations for the home that will allow for a wide range of exercises. They also take far less room and is far more organized than having a complete free weight area set up.

Home gyms have become quite popular over the past few decades. This is especially true as people are finding they can save money and time by working out in the privacy and comfort of their own home.

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There is no doubt that weight training techniques and choices come in many shapes and forms. It all depends what a person prefers.

For many, that trip to the fitness center a few times a week is a social networking opportunity.

Isometric weight training techniques as an option

There is another weight training technique that has nothing to do with free weights or exercise stations. Isometrics has been used for years as a method of getting stronger without the use of

Weight Training Techniques

Weights come in all shapes and sizes

It’s a perfect strength training technique for someone who does not have training equipment at their disposal.

For instance, people travel a lot find themselves in a hotel without an exercise room.

Isometrics is basically the act of using force against an immovable object and in the process stressing the muscles and making them stronger. For example, a push-up is basically isometrics in action.

A person lifts their body weight by pushing against the floor and at no point are any weights used. In the process this isometric exercise will make arms and shoulders stronger if the exercise is done on a regular basis.

Whatever weight training techniques a person decides to use, they all have their advantages and disadvantages. The main goal of getting stronger, gaining flexibility, and endurance can be realized if a person remains dedicated to their weight training program. This is true regardless of the method they decide to use.

Whatever style of weight training you decide to use it’s vitally important to seek out proper instruction from qualified people.

Proper weight training instruction is crucial

For instance, many people will spend hours in the gym lifting weights without proper instruction.

Watching what others are doing and copy them is not always the best idea. Ultimately everyone is unique and has difference body structure and goals. A weight training plan should be structured to fit their own personal needs.

Whatever weight training techniques you feel will work best for you, learning basic fundamentals is key. Getting qualified instruction for a training plan that is best for you is much more likely to get you the results you are after.

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Ray hasn’t stopped since his first Ironman in Kona, 1984. He has since run 14 more Ironman races, authored 5 Triathlon books, and is now bringing together a passionate community of triathletes. Contact Ray at ray@ironstruck.com

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