This week I thought I would just share a few of my top tips to keep in mind while doing our resistance training. I love, love, love lifting weights for so many reasons. It’s my favourite way to train!
Select a weight that is appropriate for your strength, it should be tough from the get go but by the end of each set you should feel like you could not possibly do another rep.
If your new to resistance training it may take a few attempts before you find the appropriate weight. Don’t be afraid to challenge yourself. Your probably capable of more than you think. Our bodies are crazy cool, amazing little things so don’t play it to safe ok?
Focus – Think about the muscle/muscle group your working. Forget about the laundry, grocery shopping, what your going to have for dinner, clear your mind and really think about the muscle/muscle group your working. You will be amazed at the difference you will feel working out this way.
If you can do your weights in front of a mirror. I gotta tell you this one was tough for me, Im not a big fan of mirrors especially when I’m working out . . . seriously, did someone say hot mess?! Being able to see your form while resistance training is so helpful. Before I started working out in front of the mirror I had no idea that I kicked my elbows out a little to the sides while doing bicep curls!
Remember to breathe!
Breathe out when pushing through the toughest part of the exercise.
Brace your core – your core is like your girdle, keeping it strong and engaged through all your resistance training will make everything a little easier. Imagine you are trying to pull your belly button up against your spine, keep it there. This is also a sneaky way you can work your core any time you think of it, sitting, standing, walking . . . anytime!
Take care when performing each rep, form is so important! Slow and steady movement, count slowly in your head 1 Mississippi, 2 Mississippi, 3 Mississippi as you work to lift/lower the weight.
Just do the best you can with where your at, if your just starting out and just using your own body weight as resistance thats great. The more you do it the stronger you will become and it will get easier. Then of course it will be time to kick things up a little but baby steps. We all have to start somewhere, the hardest part it actually getting started.
Think about how amazing you will feel when your workout is done – You can do it!