Don't know where to start...
Hey, I'm Carisa. I've been working out and eating better (not great but better) for 6 months and have been dancing between two pretty high weights. Everyone I have spoken to says to try weight lifting but I'm scared because I have no clue where to even start! I have mastered the cardio workouts that is why I'm so proud of my legs but strength/weight training seems like other worldly to me.
Any help would be great!!!!
Check out aworkoutroutine.com for his beginner weight training routine. Read the description to help learn why and how to do it properly. Also read his page on warm-ups. It's a really simple routine and a great place to start. If you don't have gym access you can do similar bodyweight exercises.
I hear you. I've tried weightlifting in the past and am not a fan. I prefer doing exercises that use bodyweight instead. No equipment required! If I do use weights it's just light weights or kettle bells for a little extra resistance.
But it doesn't hurt to try...you might actually enjoy it. I would recommend hiring a trainer for a session or two so that you learn how to use the weights properly.
All the best.
I'm also a master with cardiovascular exercises LOL but I learned that too much cardio might not be good or healthy. I say if you are trying to incorporate weights you should just go for it but contact your physician first depending on your personal situation. I recommend initially working with your body weight and then incorporating resistance, whether it's a medicine ball, resistance bands, kettle ball etc.. GRADUALLY work these equipments into your routines and start at a lower weight resistance before you go up for at least 1 1/2 week. Weights are challenging so a trainer is helpful! A trainer can guide you, and ensure that you are working the RIGHT areas and feeling the right pain, that sounds funny but it's true. Ex: a strain versus tension is important. Good luck!
Thank you guys I really appreciate all the tips and suggestions!