8/21/2011

Weight training- choosing your training equipment



In health clubs, fitness magazines, and videos, you probably have heard that weight equipment have the same meaning as resistance equipment. I do not want to bother you by clutter your brain with jargon right off the bat, but the term of resistance is a word you should really know.

Like a weight or gravity, resistance is an opposing force; in order to strength your muscles, you must work against resistance. Since you can build muscle without using weights at all, Resistance equipment is actually a more correct term than weight equipment. For example, don't weigh more than a couple of ounces, but they provide enough resistance to get your muscles stronger.


You should always keep in mind that training your muscles is somehow like studying a new competence. Although you were born with a body, you aren't born with this knowledge. Many people think and assume that because they live in a body, they know how to build it. You'll get more and more benefit by studying and learn the skills from qualified professionals and reading. Understand the processes on how to use equipment properly. Be patient with yourself. Take your time. Learn like a pro; soon, you'll be lifting like a pro.


Free weights: These come in a variety of sizes, shape, materials, and weights. Such as dumbbells, bars, barbells and weight plates.

Machines: Weight machines often include a seat, a cable or pulley, a variety of weight plates for movable bars and adjustable resistance. Same thing with free weights, machines vary widely in design.

Newer machines come programmed with computerized programming features and may even talk back at you while you're training.

Resistance bands and tubing: tubes and Rubber bands give opportunities for strength training any place and any time. Bands are wide and flat. Tubes are round and were initially used by doctors in surgery.

Lightweight, cheap and portable bands and tubes are the practicing tool of choice for frequent travelers. Latex-free versions are disposable for people with allergies.

While not strictly in the category of resistance training equipment, the following tools provide means to improve your weight training programs.

Foam rollers and balls: foam rollers and add balls into many exercises to provide an unstable surface on which to work. Mixing this element with instability boost the difficulty of the exercise by requiring the use of back muscles and deeper abdominal.

Body weight: It may seem odd that your body may feel like a training tool, but use your own body weight to provide maximum and effective resistance in a number of exercises such as the squat and lunge, and the push-up

Yoga and Pilates: Yoga and Pilates don't include in styles of weight training; however, many yoga and Pilates moves involve improves that strengthen muscles. The particular advantage of many of these exercises is that they also stretch and involve flexibility and encourage the development of strength, balance, and coordination