BEST BODIES‘s Weight training involves using some type of resistance to do a variety of exercises designed to challenge all your muscle groups, including your chest, back, shoulder, biceps, triceps, core, and lower body.
The idea is that, when you use more resistance than your body normally handles, your muscles get stronger, along with your bones and connective tissue, all while
building lean muscle tissue.
The amount of weight you use depends on how many repetitions you’re aiming for. You want to lift enough weight so that the last repetition is really tough and you feel like you couldn’t do one more. Naturally, you’ll need to use a heavier dumbbell for 6 repetitions than you will for 12, even though you’re doing the same exercise.
Never lift so much weight that it causes pain. You are better off lifting too little than too much as your body gets used to weight training. Also, unless you are working out with a spotter, use machines with safety stops in place to prevent injury.
The Benefits of Weight Training
Too often, people skip the weights in favor of cardio, especially women who worry about building bulky muscles. (That’s a worry you can set aside because most women don’t produce the amount of testosterone necessary to build big muscles.) If you’ve hesitated to start a strength training program, it may motivate you to know that BEST BODIES can do so much more for your body than you may realize, including:
Help raise your metabolism—Muscle burns more calories than fat, so the more muscle you have, the more calories you’ll burn all day long. Strengthen bones, especially important for women
Strengthen connective tissue—As we get older, we need to protect our tendons and ligaments, and a strong body can help you do that. Make you stronger and increase muscular endurance—This makes everyday activities much easier.
Help you avoid injuries
Increase your confidence and self-esteem Improve coordination and balance Getting started with strength training can be confusing.
What exercises should you do? How many sets and reps? How much weight should you opt for? Knowing how to answer these basic questions can help you get started with a good, solid workout program.