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Weight Lifting Basics

What weight lifting is and how to do it correctly

Why weight lifting? 

What's the one thing that you can do to help you lose weight, become stronger, re-shape your body, improve your muscle tone, fight off osteoporosis, and lower your blood pressure? 

Weight Lifting (also referred to as Strength Training)! 

I'm amazed at how many people avoid lifting weights for one reason or another.

Let me make sure you are clear of one very important fact: Lifting weights is one of the best things you can do to improve your overall health!

Let's jump right in and start off by covering exactly "what" weight lifting is. 

It's actually very simple: Weight lifting or strength training is the lifting of heavy weights and/or resistance in a prescribed manner as an exercise or in an athletic competition. 

Notice that I said weights and/or resistance. You don't necessarily have to lift a weight plate or a dumbbell. We'll get into that more a bit later. 

As simple as that definition of strength training sounds, why are so many people not doing it? 

The answer to that question is probably one of these two:

  1. You' aren't sure what to do, or you're simply confused about what to do.
  2. You don't realize that weight lifting can and will build muscle mass, which in turn will help you lose fat and look and feel great.
You may well be on a strength-training program right now. Even if you do currently lift weights, I want you to really pay attention to what we're going to discuss in the rest of this article. I'm sure it's going to have you thinking very differently about why you should be lifting weights from now on. 

We're going to talk about why developing a weight lifting program will ultimately help you lose weight, add some muscle tone, look better, and feel better about yourself. 

We'll discuss a few of the "myths" about weight lifting and the real facts behind them.

So, whether you're new to weight lifting or you've been doing it for several years, pay close attention.

Part 2 >>

Part 1 - Part 2 - Part 3 - Part 4 - Part 5 - Part 6 - Part 7 - Conclusion

About the author:

Kevin Valluzzi is the owner of A&B Fitness, an in-home personal training company located in northern New Jersey. He holds a degree in Exercise Physiology and is certified by the American College of Sports Medicine as a Health & Fitness Instructor.

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