Picture this: you’re back in the gym, you’ve got your SHREDDY lifting belt and straps and you’re heading over to the weights. You go to pick up the barbell and then realise that you have no idea what you're supposed to be doing… Well never fear, SHREDDY is here with our top 5 tips for learning to weight lift!
Warm up & cool down
Complete a proper warm up before you start lifting anything heavy. This will reduce your risk of injury and allow you to push harder during your workout! You’ll find the perfect warm up and cool down for your session in the SHREDDY app. For added benefits try foam rolling before and after your session!
Start with your bodyweight and work your way up
Master your form whilst using only bodyweight before adding any weight (for example, you should be able to do a perfect body weight squat before adding any weight). Ask a PT on the gym floor if you need some help to check your form.
Create a plan
Don’t get over excited and start lifting heavy every day. Create a lifting plan and set aside specific days for your weighted work. Make sure you’re always getting enough rest and leaving enough time for your body to recover. Recovery is essential in order to progress as it allows your muscles to grow & repair after tough workouts.
Don't lift too heavy
It’s so important to listen to your body and not push yourself too hard when you first start lifting. This can cause serious injury and may affect your future workouts.
Track your reps
Stay within a higher rep range when starting to use weights (8-12 reps instead of 3-6 reps). This rep range is the ideal range for muscular hypertrophy (growth/size). This allows your body to get used to the movements and build strength around joints and muscular endurance instead of attempting to go for a 1 rep max.
For more tips and tricks from the world of lifting, head to our Instagram page to check out some of our lifting focussed workouts. You can get your own lifting programmes on the SHREDDY app and make sure you get your hands on our lifting range now 💪