Before you jump into a cardio or weight training routine, be aware of the tips circulating around weight training. These not only make you gullible but may also affect your ability to benefit from the right work out. Here are some of the common tips for weight training.
Weight Training Tips
Weight Training Vs Aerobics
Weight training stresses the muscles, making them expand in time but only up to a limit. Aerobics are meant purely for stamina and cardio vascular efficiency. Aerobics help in the uptake of oxygen into the body. If you want the maximum from your workouts, you have to combine both of them. It has been seen that weight training over a period burns more calories than aerobics.
High Repetitions Vs Weight Training with increased Weights
Doing high repetitions with the same amounts of weight will only pump up your body marginally. For stronger muscles, you need to do fewer repetitions with more weights in order to see results. If you are able to do 30 repetitions easily that means your body is not finding the work out challenging enough and will not necessarily tone your muscles. The only way of getting well-defined muscles is to do 5-7 reps with heavy weight. This will enable you to get the fat off.
Weight Training increases Flexibility
This is another strong foundation of weight training. It has been seen that people who weight train are generally more flexible than their ‘aerobics only’ counterparts. Weight training builds a stronger physique and enhances flexibility and performance.
Untrained Muscles do not Convert into Fat
Muscles generally undergo a different metabolic process vis-a-vis fat cells. If you stop working out your muscles and stop applying resistance to your muscles, they will simply adapt, i.e. they will shrink and come back to their original form but they will definitely not be converted into fat.
Women who Weight Train do not Become Bulky
This is pure hogwash. Women simply do not produce enough testosterone to build huge muscles nor can they lift heavy weights that will allow them to bulk up. They also have poor appetites in the sense that they cannot consume as much protein as needed to build bulky muscles.
Never use Steroids to help to Gain Muscle
Steroids only harm the muscle in the end. Steroid induced muscle gain is nothing but water retention. Muscles can only be built with the correct weight training and intake of the right nutrients in the right proportions.
No Sweat No Gain
People associate sweating with calorie burn. It is nothing but loss of water from the body. Everyone is unique. Just because you are exerting and not sweating, does not mean that you are not burning calories.
Abs are easy to train with weight training
The abdominal muscle is actually one single long muscle divided into the rectus abdominus, transverse abdominus and the obliques. All three muscles need to be targeted in order to get a flat belly. Simply doing lower abdominal crunches will not help. Spot reduction will not help if you have a layer of fat on your belly. Get the fat off first with intense cardio and then supplement this with belly workouts.
Stretching before Weight Training
One need not stretch vigorously before exercise. Light exercises do the trick quite well by making your muscles warm and limber. Deep stretching pre-workout puts you at risk for injury.
Weight Train at a time convenient for you
Everyone has different energy levels. Some people feel more energetic in the evening and prefer toe exercise in the evenings. Choose a time that is convenient for you. The position of the sun is not the criteria.