Is cardio not for you? Are you not a fan of yoga? If so, it’s time for you to enter the wonderful world of interval and weight training.
As someone who has never really enjoyed running, discovering the weight room has been life changing in my day to day fitness life. With that being said, I also know first hand how daunting weights can seem at first. So, here are a few tips on how to make interval training, bootcamp, and weight lifting seem less intimidating, and how to make your own transition into the weight room easier.
Interval training is all about your own body. Listen to your muscles and know what is too little or too much weight. If you are not challenging your body, you will not get results you desire. However, if you try to use too much weight you will either fall into bad habits that prohibit you from doing an exercise correctly, or you will hurt yourself. An accurate amount of weight should challenge your muscles. This means your body could be shaking and struggling, but you are still able to accurately complete a movement. You should be sore after interval training! This means you pushed and challenged your body.
Lifting weights builds confidence. The same way runners feel a high from beating a personal record time, there is no greater feeling than hitting a new max on weights. However, building weight takes time. It is better to start with a lower amount of weight for a new exercise, master the movement, and then start building weight. When you do this, it will make hitting a new max so much more rewarding.
Starting fresh in the weight room can be not only intimidating, but also confusing. Exercises and movements tend to have odd names, and movements may feel uncomfortable at first. If you are taking a class, it is so important to ask the trainer or instructor for guidance if you think you are doing something wrong. Trainers want to help you succeed, and they can provide great tips to ensure you are getting the most out of your workout.
As I said before, lifting weights builds confidence. In addition to this, dressing for your workout is beneficial in how you feel while working out. If you are looking for a place to start in fitness clothing, I am a huge fan of Athleta’s “Up For Anything” line. The leggings are super comfortable and are great for different movements during a workout. Finding clothes that make you feel comfortable and confident during a workout while also providing versatility for your movements is important.
After a weight training session, stretching is crucial! Stretching helps reduce muscle fatigue from a good workout. Your body produces lactic acid which is what makes your muscles sore for hours or days after a workout. Stretching will help to eliminate the lactic acid and put you back in the weight room faster.
Anyone who is looking for a challenging workout where you can both see and feel your results should definitely take up interval training. Weight training not only builds confidence, but also requires discipline and practice. You can build a great workout out of lifting weights, or it can be the perfect addition to cardio or yoga. The benefits from lifting weights and interval training can transfer over to any other type of exercise, and that is what makes interval so great.
Author: CWFitness Intern, Heather Gregory