What kind of equipment do I need for weightlifting?
Having the proper tools and equipment reduces the risk of injury and improves efficiency. To complete the “Big 5 compound lifts” you will need free weights, a bench press, a squat rack, and a pull-up bar. For training isolated muscle groups, weight machines are most beneficial.
How often should I lift weights?
How often you lift weights will depend on your personal goals. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recommends incorporating strength training exercises for all the major muscle groups at least two times a week. Generally speaking, you should not exercise the same muscle group two days in a row. Setting a weightlifting routine such as “Tuesdays and Thursdays” or “Monday, Wednesday, Friday” is a good step towards success.
What kind of exercises should I do?
The types of exercises you should do depends on your personal goals and reasons for lifting weights. If you have questions, please ask our expert trainers. Generally speaking, there are five big compound lifts (lifts that exercise multiple muscle groups at once). They are: Deadlift, Bench Press, Squat, Shoulder Press, and Pull-Up.
How do I properly warm up?
Properly warming up before weight lifting increases your range of motion, decreases your chance of injury, and creates more permanent changes in your muscles. Things you can do to warm up include light cardio, foam roll and stretch, squat mobilization, push-up mobilization.