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Communicate a Body Building Workout

A common question a good personal trainer will ask a person who is enquiring about a body building workout and getting in shape is, “What are your goals and what are you looking for?” This is a wise question, because there exists different workouts for different goals. The common goals are lowing body fat (emphasis on fat, not weight which is a combo of water and muscle and fat), increased strength, muscle mass gain, developing high levels of definition and striation, and injury rehabilitation.

Communicating the Workout

The key to getting the most out of a body building workout is to emphasize what exactly it is that you are looking for and to communicate that to your trainer as clearly as possible. Saying “getting in shape” is usually not a good response because it will be translated as losing body fat and some strength and core training.

That is a fine translation if that is the goal, but if the goal is to put on 30lbs of muscle to get in shape, then the body building workout that you will undergo will not be translated as such. Always be clear when defining goals. An easy trick to communicate a goal is simply to say “I want to look like celebrity so and so.” This will usually provide a trainer with a visual idea of what your physique goals are.

There is a Science to it

To the untrained eye, a body building workout is random. This is simply not accurate, and the level of inaccuracy in the calling the workout “random” practically reaches the stratosphere. A proper body building workout is a series of logical workouts put together to reach specific goals within a specific period of time.

When the body building workout starts to become illogical, then the goals will not be met. For example, if one is looking for mass, a leg mass exercise program will include leg presses and heavy squats. If one is prescribed heavy reps on a leg extension machine, then the mass goal will never be met, since a leg extension machine is more designed for definition or injury rehab or injury prevention.

The number of body building workouts is practically limitless and sometimes a little experimentation may be required to find what is needed. Actually, all body building programs once started as an experiment, so this is hardly a bad thing.

Choosing the Right Weight Lifting Equipment

Choosing the right weight lifting equipment can often be a frustrating and confusing task, especially considering the multitude of options that is available to choose from in today’s world. However it does not have to be that hard of a process; learning and understanding about weight lifting equipment and the basics of the exercise routines will enable you to make the proper and educated choices in selecting the weight lifting equipment that is right for you.

What Type of Weight Lifting Equipment is Right for you

When you are trying to choose on any type of weight lifting equipment, there are a few factors that you basically must consider in order to be able to select the right pieces of equipment. The basic things which should be considered are issues such as the amount of space you have available for the equipment, the money you are willing to spend, the quality of the equipment you are interested in purchasing, as well as your goals and what type of weight lifting equipment you will need to fulfill these exercise goals.

Some of the most common pieces of this equipment include that of: elliptical trainer, stair climber, treadmill, exercise bike, abdominal exercisers, and the weight bench.

Elliptical trainers allow you to burn more calories than many of the other types of exercise equipment, and they are also low impact machines so they are designed to minimize any impact on the body that could possibly aggravate old injuries or cause new ones for that matter. This lessened impact will mean that there will be less wear and tear on your body, which is always a good thing; you want effects but you not want any type of exercise equipment that is going to overwork you in any way.

As for stair climbers, these offer you a lower cardio workout, and they are available in two basic styles: dependant steppers and independent steppers. The treadmill, on the other hand, is a piece of equipment in which the principle design system includes a belt system where the top of the belt moves to the rear, thus allowing the runner to run an equal and necessarily opposite speed. Some of the benefits of a treadmill are: you can remain at the same location for the entire duration of the run, you can exercise on your treadmill indoors when the weather is not suitable for running outside, you can determine all of the factors from the run such as your heart rate and average speed, and you will have equal ground for the duration of the run.