Everybody has got unique reasons as to why they start exercising and especially when getting started with strength training. Nonetheless, for those who are planning to start strength training, there are things that you should know. These things include:
1. Do not overdo the exercises with hopes that results will come much faster that way
You need to exert a decent amount of pressure on the muscle in order for the workout to start working. Therefore, just lift enough weight to challenge your muscles and this will stimulate muscle growth. Your question at this point should be; how heavy should the weights be? If the last 2 to 3 reps of every set get challenging but not impossible, you are using the right weights. Your last rep should give you a feeling of close to exhaustion. When you notice that your performance is steadily declining, it’s time you call it a day, without ignoring the feeling.
2. Extra soreness doesn’t guarantee a quality workout
The best way to monitor the effectiveness of your workouts is to create a training log, which can help you maximize strength and track your weight. Do not judge your progress by how exhausted and sore you feel after the session.
3. Compound exercises never disappoint
Compound movements are one of the most effective exercises because it focuses on the various muscle groups simultaneously. Such exercises include; hip thrust, bench press, squat, back row, deadlift, and shoulder press among others. Bicep curls, lateral raises, and leg extensions are some of the workouts that focus on a single muscle group. They can be used as an alternative to compound exercises because they boost muscle strength and growth.
4. Recovery is equally as important as lifting
Strength training cannot be effective without rest and recovery. Rest allows your body to rebuild worn-out muscles, giving you more strength.it is not a surprise neglecting self-care and over-indulging in weightlifting because this is common and ineffective.
People are unique and so, they respond differently to strength training. Therefore, do not expect a one-size fits all kind of technique to facilitate recovery. Nonetheless, make sure you rest for around 8 hours every night. After intense workout sessions, it is advisable to take a day off. Above all, listen to your body and determine how much rest you need.