The term ‘resistance training’ is a form of exercise that is proven to improve muscular strength. Regardless of your associations with resistance training, let’s take some time to give you a more detailed understanding of the do’s and don’ts!
Resistance training is primarily based upon you using your muscles to push, pull or resistance against a force. Who could say no to something that can promote stronger muscles, a healthier body and higher bone density?
Here are a few DO’s and DON’T’s to get you ready for resistance training:
DO start with an assessment from your doctor or physiotherapist: They will be able to recommend the best types of resistance training for your specific needs, goals and what exercises your body will benefit from.
DON’T be turned off by others in the gym: Everyone starts somewhere! Why not start now? Begin at your own pace and do what feels comfortable for you, don’t compare your journey to anyone else, that also goes for the weights they’re using too.
DO start light: Resistance training can be different to get your head around; however, it is so important that your technique is correct, otherwise you risk an injury happening.
DON’T go in headfirst: Have a professional show you the way of resistance training as this will keep you safe and prolong your enjoyment of resistance training. You can do this by attending a gym class, having a personal trainer or doing your own adequate research.
DO train with resistance a few times a week: It is ideal to train resistance style 2-3 days per week. In order to adequately move your entire body, rest is super important! If you are stepping it up – you need to recover properly, this will enable you to lift heavier and perform correctly!
DON’T be restricted to the gym: Resistance training doesn’t need to only be done in a gym, you can get creative with anything around your home! Just get moving, with correct form & get outside of your comfort zone!
The team at Progressive Sports & Spinal Physiotherapy are experienced in a range of areas including resistance training to promote injury management and recovery.