Mastering Your Muscle Training – A Guide to Beginners
It is not a secret that a good foundation and solid beginning is one of the most crucial factors for success. And it holds true for a fitness journey as well. If you are a beginner who’s looking to transform with the goal of strong muscles and fit body, then these are some important things to remember and follow when you are training in order to succeed in your pursuit.
Balance is Key
Are you looking to build shoulder strength? Or your back? Or the chest? Well, your goal might be training one or two muscle groups, but ideally you should be training all of them – Shoulders, Biceps, Triceps, Back, Chest, Glutes, Hamstring, Arms, and Quads. This is to ensure that your workout is not imbalanced. The right approach is to focus on building a symmetrical physique and a balanced workout ensures that you are decreasing the risk of injury.
Form and Technique
This is a common tip you will come across any article pertaining to workouts and exercises. An ideal form and technique will improve your performance and thereby your gains. It is recommended to start with some basic moves and then go for the harder ones. Seek the guidance from an expert trainer when you training extensively for the right form and prevent unwanted injuries.
Multi-joint exercises, also Compound exercises, should be preferred when you are looking to engage more muscle at once. These exercises involve two or more joints and allow you to use heavier weights while performing which improves the gain factor. Some compound exercises are deadlifts, squats, bench presses, chest and shoulder presses, and bent-over rows etc.
Always remember, too light or too heavy weights are not at all recommended. While the former does not make any difference, the latter could result in unwanted injuries. You can perform warm ups with lighter weights with 10-15 reps before going for extensive training. Gradually increase the weights as you progress but make sure that you are not sacrificing the form and technique in pursuit of lifting heavy weights!
Reps and Performance
It’s not how many reps you perform, it’s how well you perform each rep that matters. For example, when lifting weights, Inhale and hold your breath as you lift the weight, exhaling only at the end. This should be followed by controlled lowering of the weight while breathing in slowly. Rushing through the workout does not cut it. Every workout should be followed with the corresponding recommended technique to ensure complete efficiency from your reps, no matter how many of them you perform.
Breaks are as much important as the workouts. Ensure that your muscles do not suffer from extensive fatigue from performing tough workouts by taking some small breaks between sets. Commence the next workout after catching some breath and only when you feel you’re ready to go. Listen to your body carefully!
Fitness experts mostly recommend not to engage the same muscle group in extensive training on consecutive days. This is not only to rest your muscle group but also to add more variety to your training and eventually to strike a balance across your regimen.
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