Month: April 2016

weight training

The Importance Of Strength Training

It is common knowledge that exercise is beneficial for your health and when most people think of exercise they think the treadmill, the exercyle or the outdoor equivalent of the two. For some reason no body thinks of weight lifting, they assume that is something reserved entirely for body builders or MMA fighters, that attitude needs to change as there are so many benefits to lifting weights.

Firstly I need to do away with a popular misconception with women, lifting weights will not turn you into the female equivalent of Arnold Schwarzeneggar. The common images of masculine looking women with bulging veins and ridiculously big muscles are women who take steroids and spend a minimum of 20 hours a week in the gym. You don’t get big muscles like that unless you are intentionally trying to look like that.

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What Are The Benefits Of Resistance Training?

Strength training, contrary to popular belief is actually the best when it comes to losing weight and keeping it off. Sure cardio burns the calories but weight lifting burns calories not only during the workout but also after the workout when it repairs damaged muscle tissue. Further more the more muscle you have the more calories you will burn when resting.

Osteoporosis is a problem mainly in older women, did you know that weight training actually makes your bones more dense. Weight training also strengthens your ligaments and tendons too.

Do you know any one with a bad back? Working your core muscles (abdominal and lower back muscles) strengthens your back and makes it less prone to injury.

Lifting weights will give you a nice toned look for women and a masculine buff loo for men, you will not achieve this look purely by cardio alone, well maybe a bit of muscle tone in your legs.

Fun fact, when you exercise your brain releases endorphins that make you happy, so working out will help to reduce depression, anxiety and stress. This is any type of exercise.

The main types of lifts you should do;

For your upper body you want to do push ups, there are so many different varieties of pushups, check the video below. Or you may want to purchase a set of dumbbells and a bench so you can do bench press, both workouts will target the same muscles.

Pushups or bench press targets your pectoral, triceps and shoulders, to work your opposite muscle groups – your lats and biceps. You will need to do pull downs or pull up  bar workouts. The pull up bar is more practical because that way you will not need to purchase a whole home gym.

Next you want to be working your legs, if you have purchased a set of dumbbells then you can do either squats or lunges if not then here is a video showing you multiple leg workouts that you can do without weights.

These workouts are a good place to start and ideally you will do them in conjunction with cardiovascular exercise as well.

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8 Awesome Reasons Why Home Training Is Great

I love working out at home!  Do you know that?  If I do, why wouldn’t you, too?

I’ve been enjoying home training for a few months now, thanks to a friend who encouraged me to do it. It’s fun!  I actually find it more convenient doing it in the confines of my humble abode than in a public gym. I get to work my muscles better. I don’t get conscious anymore about how messy I look like whenever I do the more intense parts of my routine. Amazeballs, you guys.

So, below are some of the nicest reasons why working out at home could be the best favor you could ever give yourself. I personally experienced  and am currently experiencing every single one listed below, so you’re assured that each is an actual benefit that really exists. Read on and thank me later.

  1. You get to follow your own schedule.

When you enroll in gym classes, there’s no way you can have the freedom to work out at your own pace or during times when it’s most convenient for you. You need to follow certain schedules, and you know so well that it’s not always favorable on your part. But, when you train at home… you’re the boss, bruh. You work out anytime you want to.

  1. You don’t have to wait for available equipment.

This!  I cannot accurately describe how aggravated I am whenever I discover there’s someone on that ab exerciser I’m itching to use. Like, I already warmed up and stuff for that one important thing, just to realize that I am not able to do so. Clearly, when you work out at home and you got your own gym gear, there would be no nasty problems regarding equipment’s availability. In fact after reading dumbbell reviews I picked up a pretty awesome set of adjustable dumbbells!

  1. Commute no more.

Training at home means eliminating the time you spend walking or driving to the gym. The price of gas is way pricier now than ever, so you probably know what I’m trying to say. All you need to do now is go to your home gym and start doing your thing!

  1. You get to experience a more hygienic environment.

A public gym is where countless germs thrive, coming from people who go in and out of it on a daily basis. Gazillions of hands hold the gym equipment you also handle, so you’re more likely to get the germs from such number of human beings. Can you even imagine that?  When you work out at home, though, you’re guaranteed of the level of cleanliness of the place because you’ve been cleaning it yourself!  No brainer. So, it’s also important to not be messy and tidy up your home gym regularly.

  1. Privacy is pretty much sufficient.

When I’m working out at a public gym—meaning lots of people, and lots of snooping eyes—I get super conscious I can no longer concentrate on what I’m doing. Like, I can’t really be my strong-willed self and train as hard as I should. See, when I train, I always act as if it’s my very last chance to get fit and fab. It’s quite inevitable that I look sticky and ugly after every session. And, I’m sort of embarrassed to look that way in front of other people, especially strangers. The beauty of home training is that no one is watching you. You’re at home, duh. You can do your thing without your worrying about people criticizing you. No one is judging you, for chrissakes. That said, you get to focus more on your routine.

  1. None of your personal belongings will get stolen.

Thank the heavens I was never a victim of gym theft, but I’ve always felt for those who had to go through this nasty experience. I got friends and acquaintances that got their phones, earphones, and cash taken away from them inside the gym. Well, if you work out at home, you no longer have to get anxious of this thing. Thieves at home are usually just your cats and dogs, so just chill.

  1. Home training is inexpensive.

Are you kidding me?  All you got to spend for are your gym appurtenances. Apart from those, nothing else!  Your annual gym subscription fee already equals to a complete, functional home gym. You choose. Home training couldn’t get any cheaper, and it’s absolutely one of the best gifts you could give yourself. I’m not even exaggerating. I personally love home training, and I couldn’t ask for anything better.

  1. You feel more motivated.

Preach. When I started training at home, I just felt more driven about achieving a healthier, sexier physique. Everything seems so convenient. Everything seems so fine and easy. Home training feels so liberating that I find myself getting excited to do workouts every single day.