I have to admit, weights was the last thing I wanted to do when I got to the gym. Cardio, spin, running all felt way more satisfying, and didn’t feel like such a hassle or weird as lifting weights around.
Eventually, I realize the need to cross train. Not the crazy gymnastics as others, but just strengthening my body in general. Having more muscle helps your body become better at processing food, and working on muscles in my legs and arms can help you be a better athlete, even if biking and running don’t use those exact muscles.
5 by 5
One workout app I started out using was 5×5. It’s a basic workout program and very easily built for beginners. It starts off with 6 different exercises that you can do with simply a bar bell and a weight rack, both tools that most gyms have.
>The StrongLifts 5×5 program consists of two workouts…
Workout A: Squat, Bench Press, Barbell Row
Workout B: Squat, Overhead Press, Deadlift
You start off at a weight that’s comfortable for you, and may seem easy, but the point of doing weights is to slowly build up to a higher weight. If you move too fast you’ll injure yourself.
Weight lifting isn’t something that’s super easy to dive into, and it can be intimidating. The first time I ever tried to venture into the weight section of my gym, I was overwhelmed by the amount of people that seem to be way more decked out than I was in gear, who were throwing around weights like nobodies business, and just in general ‘looking tough’. But one thing that helped me get into it was realizing that at one point, everyone was a beginner. That super toned girl at the gym? She once was a beginner and just getting started. That super ripped guy who looks like he’s about to eat the weight rack? yeah. He once was a little bit scrawnier.
Getting into weights, and finding the right amount of exercises that work for you is part of the learning process in fitness. You know how your body feels after a workout, and figuring that out is important.
Although every single weigh program isn’t instantly for everyone, I think 5 by 5 is a great start for anyone that is wanting to find out what works for them. It’s a great program because it uses basic exercises, allows you to have a structure to your workouts, and builds up your confidence in the simplicity of seeing results.