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Manipulating Weight Training Variables: Time Under Tension

Regular exercise will cause your metabolism to be heightened for a period of time after your exercise. If you do a bit every day, your metabolism will be kept relatively higher as long as you keep up your exercise. Getting more energy out of what you eat and building up less body fat are two of the biggest benefits of weight training.

Weight training has long been recognized to have many health benefits. For those of you just starting out, these beginner weight training tips will help you to avoid some of the common pitfalls and mistakes many beginners make. By following these tips, you can look forward to lowering your risk of injury, getting more out of each workout, and avoiding some unnecessary pain.

The benefits of weight training include greater muscular strength, improved muscle tone and appearance, increased endurance and enhanced bone density. Weight lifting and resistance training can also lead to a multitude of medical benefits including increased insulin sensitivity, decreased visceral fat, increased GLUT 4 density, reduced blood pressure, increased HDL cholesterol, decreased LDL cholesterol, decreased triglycerides, increased bone mineral density and improved cardiovascular health.

Everyone can agree that maintaining a reputable weight training schedule amidst our fast-paced lives is next to impossible. It’s tough enough for most of us just to get ourselves through our busy lives: the kids up and off to school, shopping done, everyone fed on time, car pooling and actually putting in a full day at work on top of it all. Let alone attempting to get any kind of consistent healthy exercise routine to fit into our day. Or week for that matter!

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Weight training is one of the safest sports. It is only dangerous when carelessness and ignorance replace good judgment and common sense. Grouping by ability, securely-fastened weights, proper progression, and various other items previously discussed were closely related to safety. This advice should help the instructor look after his pupils.

I am going to show you how to progress in weight training, which is probably the most important aspect to any weight lifting program. Some people may think that is a bold claim, by being the most important. But if you don’t progress, you will not get any bigger, faster or stronger. So kudos to you for reading this article.

Weight training also requires the use of ‘good form’, performing the movements with the appropriate muscle group, and not transferring the weight to different body parts in order to move greater weight (called ‘cheating’). Failure to use good form during a training set can result in injury or a failure to meet training goals; since the desired muscle group is not challenged sufficiently, the threshold of overload is never reached and the muscle does not gain in strength. At a particularly advanced level; however, “cheating” can be used to break through strength plateaus and encourage neurological and muscular adaptation.

First, a great majority, especially those at the collegiate level, are basically offshoots of the football weight training program. While there are some similarities, football players should be more focused on developing absolute strength, whereas wrestlers should focus their weight training on relative strength and power (strength per bodyweight).

The 1960s saw the gradual introduction of exercise machines into the still-rare strength training gyms of the time. Weight training became increasingly popular in the 1970s, following the release of the bodybuilding movie Pumping Iron, and the subsequent popularity of Arnold Schwarzenegger. Since the late 1990s increasing numbers of women have taken up weight training, influenced by programs like Body for Life; currently nearly one in five U.S. women engage in weight training on a regular basis.