'What weights should I be lifting?', 'what is a drop set?', and 'should I be worried about DOMS?' Starting out on a programme of resistance training can be intimidating for both men and women, especially when faced with a barrage of jargon. What's more, the weights section of a gym can often feel unwelcoming, meaning many people avoid this important aspect of training. In an attempt to make all newcomers feel more confident, here are some answers to some frequently asked questions.
Cardio is awkward. It's energy sapping, it's sweaty, it eats into valuable weight training time and it can make you feel completely awful, yet, it's essential to maintaining a healthy heart. So, is there any way to cut the amount of cardio you do without losing the benefits of longer sessions? According to some research, the answer is a resounding 'yes'.
'Lifting weights makes you bulky'. 'I'll look masculine if I do too much resistance training', 'cardio is the best way to slim down'. You've probably heard these excuses before, or may even have uttered them yourself - I certainly used to. It's a fairly common belief, but in the majority of cases, simply isn't true. In fact, it is one of the most pervasive myths surrounding resistance training.
There's no shortage of advice when it comes to diet and weight loss; in fact, it's an industry that was recently valued at £2 billion in the UK alone. From diets that claim to help you shift multiple pounds in one week, to the pills and potions that promise to get you the body you want, there seems to be a helping hand at every corner, waiting to take your money. So, what actually works?
When you've made the decision to start a new fitness programme or nutrition plan, one of the first questions you should ask yourself is how you are going to measure your progress. In fact, I can almost guarantee that doing this will make it easier to achieve your overall goal.
Most people will, at some point, experience difficulties with motivation. Even if you love the gym, there will be some days, especially the cold wet ones, when making it out of the house will seem like a success in itself. So, how should we start?