This is my first Trainer Tips post. Yay! Today’s post pertains to tips for weight training at the gym. These tips work best if you are doing full-body weight training. Personally, I prefer full-body weight training over split weight training. I love how I feel when I have trained my whole body!
- Start with largest muscle groups, especially the legs. If there are no open machines to work your legs, pick up some heavy dumbbells or a fixed barbell and get to squatting! The idea is to elevate your heart rate so that you can burn more calories during the remainder of your weight training session.
- Work smaller muscle groups while working larger ones. Examples include pull-ups to target your back muscles while also toning your arms and shoulders. Add triceps dips while resting in between pull-up sets. If you are doing the leg press, use rest time in between sets to work your calf muscles.
- Once you have worked the larger muscle groups, then you can concentrate on the smaller ones. Consider lateral raises with dumbbells or try using a lateral raise machine.
When your training session is complete, take a few minutes to stretch all of the muscle groups that you worked-or that you feel like you need to stretch.
I hope these tips help. Happy Training!