Improve Your Weight Training

Photo Caption: Lance Cpl. Ronald W. Stauffer USMC PD
Weight training to strengthen muscles and burn fat should be a part of your exercise routine. You don’t have to be a bodybuilder to benefit from weight training. Done properly, weight training can help you to increase muscle strengthen, tone your muscles and burn body fat. Done incorrectly, you risk a strain injury or worse, a bone fracture. Don’t try to learn lifting techniques by watching people at the gym or watching an exercise DVD. Before picking up some dumbbells or grabbing a barbell, connect with a personal trainer who is knowledgeable about weight training. 
A fitness trainer can teach you the proper form for each lift. Improper form when lifting weights can result in injury and you won’t get the benefits of the lift. Begin with a light weight and establish good form when lifting. Gradually increase the amount of weight. It’s difficult to maintain good form when trying to lift too much weight. Lift the right amount of weight for your stage of physical development. Start with the lightest weight and lift it 15 times. Gradually increase the amount of weight you lift as your muscles get stronger. 
Don’t forget to breathe when lifting weights! Many people tend to hold their breath. If you hold your breath when straining to lift a weight it can cause your blood pressure to rise which can be dangerous. Breathe out when you lift and breath in when you lower the weight. 
Select a weight lifting routine that works your whole body for maximum fat burning and muscle toning benefits. Don’t exercise the same muscle group on consecutive days. Your muscles need one day of rest between exercise. You may choose to work all your major muscle groups with weights every other day or exercise daily working a different muscle group each day. A fitness expert can help you to develop a routine that works best for you. 
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About Robin R.
I’m an AFPA certified personal trainer & nutrition consultant, NASM certified corrective exercise specialist, NASM certified youth exercise specialist, online fitness coach and freelance writer specializing in health and fitness. I hold a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from the University of San Francisco and a Master of Science in natural health. I specialize in weight loss, functional strength training, total body toning, aerobic conditioning, plyometric training, nutrition planning, and home-based boot camp style workouts for women. My goal is to make every personal training session fun and effective for my clients. My services include both in-home personal training and online fitness coaching.

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