Weight lifting is no longer just for bodybuilders. Heavy weights are now a common part of every healthy athlete’s training, regardless of their sport. There are many reasons to do heavy weights in between regular training sessions on the pitch – we’re presenting just a few of them.
Heavy weights – one concept, many types of training
Not all heavy-weight workouts are the same. As they are based on different concepts, they also bring different results. There are basically two types of trainings based on using heavy weights: building strength, but not necessarily any muscles, and the opposite – building muscles instead of strength.
Strength is built by lifting very heavy weights, even heavier than the athlete himself. Usually there are fewer reps in each set. But if an athlete wants to develop his muscles, he has to do many more reps with a lighter load and with shorter breaks between sets.
Weight lifting in a nutshell
Every exercise requires some knowledge, especially if you want to incorporate it into your training plan on your own, without any supervision. Just like before any kind of workout, you need to warm up. It is important not to start off with heavy weights as you may hurt yourself easily. Grab some light dumbbells and build up. Focus on keeping correct posture while performing every exercise and don’t push yourself to lift heavier weights if you are struggling with getting the technique of a particular exercise right. Also, remember to lift weights barefoot. This will ensure better stability and more control over your body. It’s better to exercise barefoot, unless your shoes are completely flat, then you can keep them on. It all can prevent you from injuries – and that’s the thing every athlete strives for, both at the gym, as well as on the pitch, by using right equipment.
Benefits of weight lifting
Lifting weights develops your muscles and strength, but that’s sort of a given. It helps you keep correct posture, since you have to pay attention to doing each exercise using the proper technique. In the long term, heavy lifting can also increase the density of your bones, which means they’re going to be much stronger and more resistant to overtraining injuries. In most cases, heavy lifting is an aerobic workout, so it burns fat. It also shapes the body, which is an additional bonus.