If you’ve been working out for some time, you may be wondering when it’s time to start increasing your weights. If you have specific fitness goals, and you haven’t reached them yet, then the only way it’s going to happen is to continue to challenge yourself.
How Do I Know It Is Time To Increase My Weights?
There are a few good clues that tell you it’s time to level up. One clear sign is that you go through your workout routine easily. When you first start working out, you struggle a bit. Well, if you have been breezing through your routine with little effort, then it is time to increase the challenge. If you don't, you’ll notice you aren't making any progress. This is the next clue. If you have been working out diligently, but you aren't getting anywhere, then you most likely need to increase your resistance.
How Do I Increase My Weights?
The key is to go slowly and steadily. You don't want to increase them more than 10 percent at a time, or right around that. Keeping your increase increments small reduces your chance of injury. If you have increased your weights a couple of times and are feeling comfortable, the next step is to increase your reps by a few. When you are comfortable with that, then increase your weights again.
As you increase weight, you will begin to see a noticeable difference. The increase doesn't even need to be that drastic. Even a ten pound increase can make a difference. The key is to keep yourself challenged and just a little bit out of your comfort zone.
Should I Use A Personal Trainer?
If you are concerned about your lack of progress, or you are a beginner and don't quite know where to start, a personal trainer can help. Just showing up at the gym and trying to go it on your own can result in a less than effective workout. If results are important to you, then you will want a workout routine that is custom made for you, with your goals in mind.
A personal trainer will sit down with you, assess your current levels of fitness, your lifestyle and routine, and your weight-loss or other fitness goals. With that information, he will create a plan that is right for you. In addition, you will also get nutrition counseling, and a partner in fitness that can encourage you and help keep you motivated. If you are looking for a personal trainer, contact Ralph Roberts at the Downtown Athletic Club in Amarillo.
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