More and more people are using weight training to maintain muscle mass or to strengthen specific areas like the lower back.
George has been active all of his 57 years but never thought about training with weights… until two years ago when he had a massive stroke. “I was paralyzed from my head to my toes on my right side.”
Doctors said he might not walk again. So he started pumping iron… the right way… with a trainer… instead of plunging into a gym on his own.
Everett is a personal trainer, “They’ll go to a specialist to get their dishwasher fixed. But they’ll go into the gym and not even consult a professional. Isn’t your body as important to you as your car or dishwasher?”
A common mistake most people make… they try to learn on their own.
Everett, “They’re doing exercises they’ve never seen or someone has shown them that really aren’t for their body or their goals.”
Everett says technique, not tonnage, is the key to getting the most out of weight training.
Lisa has been working out for 10 years. Now she’s un-learning bad habits.
Lisa, “Because it gives me the body I want, it gives me the shape I want and actually it can help protect the weaker areas of my body.”
There are more than 600 muscles in your body. Exercising them is good for the long and short run. But, if you learn bad habits early on, you could be doing more harm than good.
If you are interested in starting a weight training program, most gyms and workout facilities have a professional trainer to help get you started. And remember, it is important to consult your physician before starting any exercise program.