Strength training has multiple benefits:
1. Increased muscle tissue and metabolism.
2. Greater strength and better feeling.
4. An accelerated fat loss effect.
But strength training is not without its risks and to get the very best results, you need to know how to do it right. Otherwise, you are under a greater risk of injury, pain, frustration, and sub-optimal results.
In this article, I’ll go over some simple yet effective strength training tips to make sure you’re getting the very best results from your workouts.
1. Free weights exercises are usually better than machine exercises. Workout machines have their place and they are certainly not without their merit. However, working with a machine is less natural than working with free weights (or doing bodyweight exercises) and is often less effective.
A machine keeps you stable and allows you to work in a specific movement. Working with free weights requires you to stabilize yourself and exert much greater effort to maintain form. In addition, doing multi-planar exercises, such as the ones which Dr. Kareem Samhouri often uses to create a neural fitness effect, can be done with free weights and hardly with machines.
2. Warming up before your workout is crucial. Take 10 minutes before you dive right into your workout and prepare your body for it. Make sure to warm up each muscle group that you plan to exercise. This will help you create a safer workout, reduce risk of injury, and increase your results.
3. Focus on the bigger muscle groups to achieve the greater fat burning effect. As it doesn’t really matter which body part you train in terms of calorie burning, you should exercise your big muscle groups first and foremost. This will get you the best results.
4. Train your entire body to make sure you keep your muscles balanced with one another and to achieve the very best fat loss results.
5. Do a cool down with stretching at the end of each workout to reduce muscle ache and improve flexibility.
Follow the tips above and you will experience far better results from your strength training workouts.