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How You Can Enjoy Weight Training

Jul 2, 2008
Even for people who understand its importance, weight training can be a challenge for most people. Not because they necessarily find it physically difficult, but because they find the whole training process dull. And finding something dull is a reliable way to get quickly frustrated. Here are a few useful tips anyone can use to make their weight training time more fun and more satisfying.

1. Take Satisfaction in Your Accomplishments

If you are weight training regularly and with proper technique, you should be progressing steadily. Really take time to reveal in every advancement and marvel at how far you've come. There's nothing that builds confidence better than reflection on how much all of your hard work is paying off.

2. Learn as Much as You Can

With every exercise in your routine, learn every technique and tip that you can. Become so familiar with your exercises that you are an expert in each one. Assembling this wealth of knowledge will do two things. First, it will give you the satisfaction of being practically an expert in something. And second, it will make each workout more effective. And that will help you progress towards your goals faster,

3. Lift at Your Own Pace

A lot of people don't enjoy weight training because they think that they are a novice. But it's destructive to compare yourself to people who have been training for a decade or more. The only person you should compare yourself to is you. If you only concentrate on your own progress, you are bound to find a great deal of satisfaction in weight training.

4. Learn About Pro Weightlifters

Now, no one expects you treat the kind of weights the Olympians lift as goals, but it's fun to learn about who is the most accomplished at doing the exercises you do. Learning about their lives, their accomplishments, and their training method might give you more of an appreciation of the technique that goes into a good deadlift or bench press. It's also fun to pursue online videos the pro powerlifters accomplishing impressive weightlifting feats.

5. Set Goals

Don't just lift weights with the hope of just getting better in general. Set realistic weight training goals. That way each workout has the added benefit of being one more step towards your goals, and that can make it more exciting. You goals might be wanting to bench a certain weight or getting great looking definition in your legs. Once trainers reach these goals, they usually set new goals that continue to encourage them work out.

6. Adjust how you think about pain

Some really effective exercises, like the squat, just plain hurt. It just comes with the territory. A lot of trainers find it helpful to get antagonistic with the pain. Pretend the pain is something to be conquered and overcome. Because, in truth, it is. The only way to truly reach your fitness goals is by confronting the pain that inevitably pops up from time to time and taking it head on.
About the Author
Chris McCombs has a business on Irvine personal training with specialty in fat loss and muscle toning. His website www.socalworkout.com contains valuable tips on fitness and exercise.
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