5 Things Every First-Time Weightlifter Must Know

So, you’ve decided to weight lift. There are 5 very crucial facts that you should keep in mind as you start your weightlifting journey.

Nutrition, Nutrition, Nutrition!

It’s a pretty good idea to consider what you are putting into body when you decide to weight lift. In order to properly build muscle and bone from weightlifting, your body needs the correct proportion of vitamins, minerals, protein, fat and calories. You can’t just eat a leaf a day and expect to be busting out of your shirt with muscles. Even when you aren’t weight-lifting, you must pay attention to having a balanced diet in order to stave off health problems. It’s not good to overeat on unhealthy things, but it’s also not good to not eat enough.

It can be pretty overwhelming to think about what one should or shouldn’t eat, and in what proportions. However, the American government gives a general guide as to how much men and women should be consuming each day, and what types of foods are healthier than others.

You Can Hurt Yourself From Improper Form

Yes, you can hurt yourself during weightlifting. If you don’t have the proper form, you can really damage your body. If you are working with a workout machine, make sure that you read the directions on the machine, or seek guidance from an instructor. It’s surprisingly easy to get on a workout machine for weightlifting, not adjust it properly and work out with an improper form that can mess up your joints. Even if you are just using weights, it is a good idea to read up on the proper ways to do exercises, or seek out guidance from somebody who knows what he or she is doing. When working out, sometimes there are certain rules about form, like “Oh, don’t let your knees go past your toes because it’s bad for your knees.”

Give it some time. 

Have patience. Don’t give up just because you don’t look like Arnold Schwarzenegger after your first weightlifting session. Be consistent with weightlifting, and in time you will see results. Just stick with it and, before your know it, time will fly by and you will notice a difference. Even if you do not reach the exact physical point in a given amount of time that you wanted to reach, don’t think too much about it. Just focus on the progress that you have already made—because you will see some level of progress and feel different. If you keep at it, even in a short amount of time you will see and feel different. That is something to relish.

Weightlifting Equipment is Dangerous 

This is not meant to scare; this is to remind. Weights are heavy, and they can crush people. There are reported incidents of people being trapped under bench press bars, as well as other types of weightlifting equipment.

Women Will Never Get As Big As Guys 

Because of hormones, genetics and the makeup of the female physique, women will never get as big and bulky as men from doing weightlifting. However, it is still important that women weight lift to keep up their physical strength, improve bone mass, maintain health and feel good.

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