Preparing For Your Weight-Training Program
If you’re planning to begin a weight-training program, the two most important questions in your mind would probably be “What would I need to do?” and “What should I eat?”.
You’ll no doubt be excited when you’re ready to start out on a weight-training program. You will have noticed some amazing, toned and shapely bodies at the beach or in celebrity magazines and wondered about the possibility of looking like that yourself. Sure, many of us aspire to having a physique like Taylor Lautner or Scarlett Johansson, and we want a solution that will get us there in the shortest time possible.
A successful Weight-Training Program requires patience!
You must walk before you can run.
There are many reasons why you should approach a new weight-training program with baby steps. You have to give your body a chance to get used to the new activity and stresses that the exercises are placing upon it. There will thus be less chance of you injuring yourself – and consequently hindering your progress.
It will allow you to learn how to train correctly, and discover how your body reacts under pressure.
It will lessen the chance of an early “burn-out”. Too often people just starting out hit the gym every day for a couple of weeks and then back out because the pressure has become too much for them.
My recommendation is that you visit the gym 3 days per week, doing full-body workouts, to give you a good grounding and get yourself used to the different exercises in your weight-training routine. No fancy split-routines or special movements; just concentrate on doing a few exercises well, until you know what you’re doing.
Your body will respond and improve quickly, then you’ll hit a plateau.
Initially, the body gains strength and will build muscle quickly in response to the new training. This rapid response is natural, and will happen only once. You may find that in the first few months of your training, you’ll be noticing improvements every second week. But suddenly, out of nowhere, your gains hit a wall and you can’t progress further.
This happens to everybody and is a signal that you should think of changing your training routine.
Proper diet for your Weight-Training Program
This area is commonly overlooked when someone first gets into training. He’ll most likely leave his regular diet unchanged, throw in some weights or cardio and soon discover that progress is pathetic and he’s not getting a six-pack. Never underestimate the importance of good nutrition, especially when you’re involved in a weight training program. Do this correctly and you’ll be doing yourself a great service.