How to Prepare for Weight Training
What equipment do you need for weight training?
Hi, I'm Deb Ferraro with Carlsbad Village Yoga and Fitness, here for About.com. Today we're going to talk about how to prepare for weight training.The first thing you should do is consult your doctor. Before starting any routine, let him or her know what your goals are and what exercises you have in mind and make sure you're healthy and ready to begin. You want to avoid injury at all cost and make sure you get the most benefit from your weight training routine.There's a wide variety of exercise equipment that's available to you. You'll have to select what you're going to use. The basic requirements are a yoga mat or exercise mat and of course dumbbells or handheld weights. These come in several different sizes, and it's good to get a few different ones, because, for example, your biceps can handle heavier weights than if you were to focus on your triceps in the back of your arms. Also, once you get stronger, you'll be able to increase the weight, so that you'll continue to progress.Get a water bottle to keep water readily available. You'll get thirsty during weight lifting, and you'll need to hydrate your body. It's also a good idea to get some sort of sweat towel--you do tend to work out quite a bit of sweat.Speaking of sweating--since you're going to break out a sweat during your weight training routine, wear light cotton clothing that allows your body to breath, like a tank top. It's also a good idea to wear something comfortable in the bottom--for example, yoga pants will move with your body, it's very flexible and will keep you comfortable when working out.One of the first question on your mind may be, how much time to set aside for your weight training routine? That really depends on what your goals are and how much time you have available. You should allow yourself at least a good two days of weight training per week, about an hour per weight training session. It's a good place to start, and as you get stronger, you can incorporate additional days.And there you have it, you're ready to begin your weight training routine. If you'd like more information, visit us at About.com.