Progressive Weight Training Made Simple

When it comes to exercising and weight lifting, everyone has an opinion. Just go to the gym and ask a muscle head how he got so big or what he eats. I guarantee you will get 10 different responses from 10 different people. A famous bodybuilder once went to a weight lifting competition in Russia. While there he asked the Russian lifters what they were eating to get so HUGE. They all had different answers. 20/60 on protein and crabs.40/60 and so on. So if you are just starting out and would like to know what to do I have a few tips for you of my own. Remember EVERYONE has an opinion. Hear me out.

What Is Progressive Resistance Training?

What Is Progressive Resistance Training?

I will talk about diet in another article but for now I would like to recommend progressive weight training because it is the safest of all training programs and one that you are likely to stick with. For this article I will talk about weight training as it is different from stamina training such as jogging, swimming or playing sports. The goal of weight training is one thing. BUILD MUSCLES.

GETTING STARTED

You will need access to a gym or at least a home gym that will allow you to work all of the muscles in your body. A good weight bench and squat rack will do fine. If you are REALLY out of shape you will need to start out slow, and I mean REAL slow. Stretch the muscles you are going to work thoroughly and get them nice and warm. NEVER WORK A COLD MUSCLE. EVER!! You can work your lower body every day of the week but you should let your upper body muscles rest at least 48 hours before working them again.

EVERY WORKOUT

Begin EVERY workout with a lower body exercise such as squats and toe raises, or leg curls. Don;t wear yourself out yet just get the blood moving. Working your lower body will trigger an anabolic effect in your body an maximize the rest of your workout.

DAY ONE

Start your workout week with the larger upper body muscles. This will be the back muscles and the chest. You can work these 2 muscles on the same day by doing lat pull downs, pull ups, rows etc. combined with dips and bench press. THIS IS DAY ONE!

DAY TWO

Next you can move to some of the smaller muscles such as your shoulders, biceps and triceps. These exercises will include curls in any form (dumbbell or bar curls) and you should include both. Use the military press for shoulders and pulley push downs for triceps. Dips are also a good exercise to target the triceps. THIS IS DAY TWO!

HOW LONG SHOUD YOU REST?

If you are really trying to become a hulk you should let your muscles rest for 48 hours. Remember that you did your back and chest on day one. So on day three you can do them again. Remember you muscles only grow when they are resting. Your legs and abs can be worked out every day. If you really want to focus on your legs, set aside a day to do JUST legs because a heavy leg workout will leave you drained.

Weight training basics Archives

Weight training basics Archives

CHANGE IT UP

Rinse and repeat this process but remember to change up your routine form time to time so your body doesn’t get used to this routine. If you work out in the evening, change to mornings and vice versa. If you usually do mostly flat bench press do more inclined bench presses etc. You get the idea. Keep changing it up and your muscles will respond better, but allways remember to work the larger muscles BEFORE the smaller ones. Changing things up will also keep you from getting bored with the same old routine. If you are going for mass muscle production stay away form aerobics such as running. This can be counterproductive to a muscle building routine.

PROGRESIVELY INCREASE

The idea of progressive weight training (since we know in what order to work the muscles and how ofter) is to start of slow and gradually increase the amount of weight and the intensity of repetitions. Use a certain amount of weight until you can COMFORATABLY do 10 to 15 reps. Then increase the weight to the point that you struggle to get 6 to 8 reps. Work with that until you can do 10 to 15 reps and I don’t care if it takes a year. THIS WILL WORK. Continue this process and watch your muscles BULGE.

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