The all important deadlift. If you are not familiar with the deadlift, it is where you grab a bar and lift as much weight as you can by lifting until your standing up with the bar hanging in front of you. Why is this one lift responsible for so many positives in weight training? Well, there are many reasons, but I will only name the most important.
Deadlifting offers so much more to your workout than you could imagine. If you are looking to burn fat, the deadlift along with weight training will increase your fat burn much more than just following a strict diet or adding cardio to your diet. If you struggle with the proper posture, deadlifting strengthens your core adding stability. If you normally sit in an office chair, just by adding deadlifts to your regular workouts, you will slowly notice your back becoming straighter. If you are looking for a full body workout, just by adding the deadlift your upper and lower body will thank you. This lift incorporates not only the knees and hips, but the lower back as well. The muscles found in these three groups are used in our daily life to lift and carry things, but as you become older they become weaker and are not able to endure the pressure placed upon them. If you are worried about getting hurt lifting weights, the deadlift is one of the safest lifts. It is actually a lift that helps prevent injuries. You don’t need a spotter and if you can’t lift the weight, you can simply drop it. Deadlifts also work on your grip strength, which is often overlooked when lifting. Lastly, if you are all about running on a treadmill or using an elliptical, the deadlift increases your cardiovascular output. This lift is beneficial any way you look at it. Try it! You will LOVE it!
Most people who are not familiar with lifting believe lifting heavy is dangerous. It can cause back problems. It can cause knee problems. The list goes on and on. What they don’t understand is lifting is a process. One can’t expect to walk into a weight room and lift heavy without getting hurt. One must build up his or her strength week after week, month after month, and year after year. A guy we know walked into Explosive Mechanics the other day and was talking to Jared about how he had to replace some mirrors in a gym because a guy was curling a 100lb. dumbbell. The guy, let’s call him Joe, thought why would you curl 100lbs. What would be the purpose? So, Joe asked if he could try curling see weight. Jared obliged and Joe walks over to the dumbbells knowing he couldn’t curl 100lbs., so he goes straight for the 50’s. After the first attempt, he walks over to the 40’s, then the 30’s, and decides he needs to start lifting again.
Strength weakens at a great speed if you don’t continue to build it. You can’t expect you are going to be able to lift what you did in high school or college and age definitely plays a key role in muscle deterioration. So, what is the best option for those who want to lift and not get hurt? There are plenty of websites out there that can supply you with basic workouts to get the ball rolling for your workout plan. The problem with these basic workouts is just that, they are basic or generic. They are not geared toward the person who wants to lift. If you haven’t lifted in years, it’s a good starting plan, but the question is, what do you want to achieve?
If you want to lose weight, get in shape, build muscle, or bend the aging curve, whatever you choose, will require a different approach to training. For specific training, you must consult with a professional trainer who is knowledgeable about the body and the ways of lifting to achieve the specified goals you want to reach. There are all kinds of factors that go into training. Jared has been writing training plans for athletes and adults for years with great success. If you are interested in a training plan, contact Jared for more information.
Have you ever wondered why women lift? I was one of the many women in society who believed that lifting weights was mainly for men. Why would I want to lift? I would bulk up and look manly. I would look so out of place in a gym because I knew nothing about lifting weights. It's so funny how society frames your way of thinking. You play into the hype of this or that and believe most everything you hear. This was me!
After being married to my husband for 9 years, seeing my 3 boys lift weights and make great gains, and of course the six pack stomach didn't hurt, I decided to try lifting weights. I was what many women and men believe to be skinny, but the truth of the matter is I was skinny fat. Yes, there is such a thing! When you are in your late thirties or early forties, you have had kids, and you basically are so absorbed with running your kids around, you have no time for yourself other than making dinner and catching a sitcom during your food prep process. By the time you hit the bed, you are out like a light. So, with the help and training of my husband, Jared, I am on the weight training train.
I have lost nine pounds, which is not a lot, but when you're thin, it is for me. I have also reduced my body fat by 10%. Lifting weights for me has given me more confidence in my appearance. If you are like me, all you see is the flab on your arms or legs and the extra fat around your midline (aka the muffin top). I wanted to firm those areas. I have taken breaks from lifting weights over the past year do to time constraints of work, but I realized I had to set priorities in order to achieve my goals. I have been focused on my goals for the past 4 months and I can tell a big difference in my appearance. I am not bulky, I am leaning up, and I can see shape to my muscles, which I have not seen since high school. If you are questioning whether or not to lift weights as a woman, I encourage you. It is truly an empowering thing. I am not the strongest, but I definitely feel stronger, in better shape, and more confident. Ask yourself, what do you have to lose!
If you are over 40, I really can't emphasize how important lifting weights is for you. One of the major things lifting can do for you is increase your metabolism. Getting older, your metabolism slows and weight gain sets in. When you lift weights, your muscles stay active, building muscle fibers and reducing fat. Another reason to lift is to build your bone density. You increase your muscle strength and decrease injuries. If you want to stay healthy for years to come, I encourage you to get on the weight lifting train. Don't worry about bulking up because women simply do not have the amount of testosterone to be bulky. Plain and simple, lifting weights will restore your youthfulness, restore your muscle loss, and restore your metabolism. Can't wait to see you in the gym!