We see it a lot in clients. The excitement. The excitement and eagerness that comes with starting a new programme in the gym, and strength training in particular. Jumping in at the deep end seems inviting, but when it comes to strength training, slow and steady wins the race. Here's three ways to ease into a new programme, or even for those completely new to lifting weights.
1. Master the fundamentals
Once you master the fundamental form and techniques for the essential exercises, you’re going to be more confident and better equipped to handle more challenging workouts. Correct form is essential to help prevent injuries and ensure you get the most out of your workout.
2. Nail your form early on
Exercises like squats, planks and push-ups may seem basic, but they are the key building blocks for any workout. Even with these basic moves, it’s essential to learn the proper form, as you could hurt yourself if you do them wrong. This is where your personal trainer comes in. They can demonstrate the exercise, watch you do it and adjust your form as required.
3. Easy does it at the beginning
Getting, and staying in shape is not a race. It is all too easy to get discouraged if your not progressing as you feel you should be in the early stages of strength training. The thing needed here is patience. Be patient with yourself at the start, the results and the satisfaction will come later on. Aim to improve week on week, month on month, and be patient throughout the process.