Learning which exercises target what areas of the body, proper form of each exercise, how much weight to lift, and how many sets and repetitions can all seem a bit overwhelming. We are here to help!
Weightlifting, for both women and men, builds strength, and also:
- Improves metabolism and reduce body fat %
- Increases endurance/stamina
- Aids in balancing hormones
- Develops an overall healthy physique
- Reduces chance of injury in other sports and daily activity
- Fights osteoporosis
- Lowers risk of heart disease and diabetes
- Improves balance and ease in completing daily activities with functional movement exercises (squat, push, pull, hinge, lunge, rotation, gait).
Need a little help? Try any of these resources, and get moving:
- Start with a fitness orientation. Meet with a fitness specialist who can match your goals with a plan to help get you started and guide you down your fitness path.
- Personal training. Personal trainers are excellent resources to not only build a fitness plan that meets your individual needs, but to assist in learning proper form/technique in weightlifting, and explain the importance/benefits of each exercise.
- Group fitness classes. If you want fun and comradery in your fitness routine, come try a group fitness class. Classes are a great way to learn weightlifting exercises, form, technique, and keep it fun.
- Strength 101. Want to learn how to utilize weightlifting machines on the fitness floor? A fitness specialist meets in a small group once a week for 4 weeks to thoroughly explain how to utilize equipment on the fitness floor.
Strength training is highly recommended for most ages and populations. Remember to start small and keep it simple. You do not have to know everything at first, but don’t be afraid to utilize your resources (trainers, instructors, fitness classes/clinics). Start by learning some of the key weightlifting exercises, such as: Squat, Plank, Push up, Shoulder Press, Bicep curl, Triceps extension, and so forth. Start small, and focus your attention on learning the proper form and technique for each exercise. Then, concentrate on building strength in these exercises. Once each exercise is mastered, gradually introduce new exercises.
So get started with weightlifting, and ask one of our fitness specialists if you need any help along the way!