Working out – it’s not as simple as it may seem

Understanding the process behind properly working your body and growing your muscles.

Those who adamantly work out understand that working out is so much more than just casually lifting weights and immediately growing muscle. Working out is a strategic activity that needs to be done in a certain way if you want to see noticeable changes. It takes practice and direction, but can easily be learned if you have the determination to make a change. 

One of the most important aspects that is crucial to educate yourself on, is form. Your form when you’re doing different exercises is the first and foremost thing that needs to be established. If your form is not right then your target muscles will not be properly worked and you will not see improvement. Bad form can also lead to injury, especially if you’re lifting heavy. If you overextend or put too much pressure on your joints it can lead to permanent damage and pain. 

Many people have developed this idea that building muscle requires constant lifting and pushing your body to the extreme. This idea could not be any more wrong. Without enough rest time, your body will not be able to withhold the constant pressure. Rest days allow your muscles to repair themselves so they don’t become overworked and strained. There is nothing wrong with taking 1-2 rest days a week, especially if you are pushing yourself extra hard at the gym.  

If you are new to working out you must understand that there is nothing wrong with lifting lighter weights than other people. When first starting out, it’s always best to start light and work your way up to heavy weights. If the weight is so heavy to the point where you can barely complete two or three reps, you should probably move down until you are more comfortable with that heavier weight. When you lift too heavy it compromises your form which will not give you an ideal pump and will only lead to injury.  

Aside from just these few aspects, working out is a process that must be broken down into many parts for the best results. It’s never a bad idea to ask for help from people with more experience in working out. It’s also important that you are taking all the right steps and measures to grow your muscles safely. Working out can be as efficient and effective as you make it.