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Weight lifting isn't just about bulging biceps – when done in moderation, it has health benefits for both sexes and is easy to get started.
Weight training builds lean muscle tissue and is a must for weight loss. Muscles need calories in order to survive, so as your muscle mass increases, so will your metabolic rate.
Benefits of weight training:
Weight training for beginners should be performed in two stages:
It is always better to add more weight than to add additional reps. If you are using a weight that you can lift more than 15 times, it won't challenge your body.
You need very little equipment to do a basic weights programme at home. Your own body weight is your most useful tool and can be used to provide the resistance in a variety of exercises.
A resistance band can be used in place of dumbbells for a fraction of the cost.
A litre of water weighs 1kg, so you can make your own hand weights out of bottles of different sizes.
As you start needing heavier weights you may need to invest in some dumbbells. As a beginner you're likely to need weights between 2kg – 5kg.
Muscles in the body vary in strength and size so you can't use the same weight for every exercise.
For example, the hamstrings are bigger and stronger than the triceps, so use the 'reps' rule above to select the appropriate weight.
Choose a set of dumbbells that allow you to change the weight by adding or removing plates.
It's important not to neglect your cardio sessions and to use weights sessions to complement your existing programme.
Make slow, controlled movements, lifting for a count of one and lowering for a count of two.
Try this 30-minute session twice a week and you should start seeing results in four to six weeks.
Exercises to try at home
1 x 14" Steel Chrome Spin lock Dumbbell Barbell Bars & Collars (35 cm)