Follow These Smart Gym Moves
Everyone has seen several Mr. Olympians, especially now with the internet containing so many articles and youtube videos. Many would-be bodybuilders fill gyms now with ideas of being the next Arnold Schwarzenegger. Lots of heavyweights of today offer tips on smart gym moves and training programs sharing their passion for body building which has helped make it a financially lucrative career. Like so many other things today, the competition cash prizes have increased as well as endorsements. However, if you are new or a novice, you have to start thinking like Arnie (plus have great genetics!)
How You Can Make Smart Gym Moves Like A Pro
It really doesn’t matter what gym you join or what workout clothes you wear or what gear you bring with you to the gym. What matters is that you make smart gym moves like a pro, not worry about your dress code. Lets take a look at some smart gym moves.
Plan on at least a 5 minute warmup
I know warming up can be boring which is why a lot of people skip it and jump right into lifting. This is a big mistake and can lead to injury, especially for beginners and anyone else who is going to be lifting moderate to heavy weights. You have a lot of options when it comes to pre and post workout stretching. If you don’t want to stretch, plan on doing at least 5 minutes of cardio, preferably 10. You can walk on an elevated treadmill, spin, row machine or stair climbing. You should also do a set of light weight, high reps to warm up whatever body part you are getting ready to work.
Get a workout buddy
Especially when you are going heavy with exercises like bench or shoulder press, even squats. In the beginning, when you are lifting lighter weights you can do these exercises on your own. When it comes time to start loading up the bar, either get a workout buddy or ask someone to give you a spot. A spotter will allow you to lift heavier weight without injuring yourself by “assisting” you when you cannot perform another rep. Now you can work beyond muscle failure without worrying about the bar crashing on your chest or tipping over backwards when doing squats.
Invest in a weightlifting belt
I’m sure you’ve seen people in your gym wearing a belt wound their waste. Unfortunately you do not see it enough. A weightlifting belt is a great way to protect your back from injury whether you are a novice or above. While it does provide some core support, the main use is to help keep tight configuration of the lower back muscles and your spinal column when you’re performing high-risk exercises. It’s not only useful for back exercises but if you are going heavy on a bench press or deadlift, you should consider using a support belt then too. Be sure to perform some back exercises with light enough weight that you are comfortable not using a belt so you are developing these muscles as well. Wearing a belt all the time can lead to under developing muscles.