Wednesday, January 13, 2016

I Want to Workout, But What Should I Do?

If you are new to the gym, and really have no idea where to start, this could be
the workout for you.

If you have any medical concerns at all please see your doctor before beginning 
an exercise program. Once you receive medical clearance ask a personal trainer at 
your gym if you are unsure about any exercise listed below.

Video explanations for each machine are shown below.

Why do I recommend machines over free weights for gym newcomers?

Machines are generally safer and easier to use, an advantage for beginners learning a 
specific movement. Some machines are more efficient than free weights at isolating a 
specific muscle or muscle group. This is important when you’re strengthening a specific 
body part or rehabilitating an injury. Machines ensure correct movements, which helps 
prevent cheating when muscle fatigue sets in.

Machine workouts can take less time because you can move easily from machine to 
machine. Changing the resistance is easy; you just insert a pin. Generally speaking, if you 
are beginning a strength-training program for the first time, or have been away from your
program for months or even years, then it’s a good idea to use the resistance-training 
machines for the first 10 to 12 weeks of your program. This will give your body the time 
it needs to adjust without putting undue stress on your muscles and joints. Using 
machines may also be less intimidating for beginners. 

What advice do I offer to newcomers?

Be sure to let you muscles rest for at least 24 hours before repeating this workout.
If you are brand new to the gym scene, try to complete this workout two times in
a week, maybe on Tuesday and Thursday. If no extreme muscle fatigue or soreness 
occurs, and if your schedule allows, try this workout three times the next week, either
on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, or on a Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday.

Now you know where to begin and what to do, so get moving!

Happy Training!

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