Making the decision to begin a weight lifting routine is one of the most important decisions you can make. Many people are afraid of weightlifting and feel that it may be detrimental to their body shape, physique, joints and bones or existing aches, pains or ailments. However this is untrue. Weightlifting has a number of benefits. It can help with a calorie-controlled diet to create muscle and help you lose weight. Weightlifting correctly can help existing problems such as arthritis by promoting healthy bones and joints. Weightlifting can increase your abilities in your daily routine, such as carrying your shopping, children, or doing work around the house. A major benefit of choosing to weight lift is that you can do this anywhere.
You do not need to join a gym or hire a professional personal trainer to get you started on your weightlifting routine. This is what makes weightlifting such a unique form of fitness training. Weightlifting is a very personal exercise because your body is limited to what you are able to achieve. Therefore you are in competition with yourself alone and can only improve on your last lift.
For starting a weightlifting routine at home the equipment you require is very different to the weight lifting equipment you would come across in a gym or at a weightlifting competition.
To get you started with weightlifting at home you will need very little in the way of equipment. For basic weightlifting a simple set of dumbbells may be all you need. These are available in different weights and may be rubber encased or iron cast, they may come cased or with a stand so think about how much space you have available. Will your new sports equipment be living underneath the bed whilst not in use, or are you planning on dedicating your second bedroom to your new fitness routine and creating a mini gym?
If you are a little more serious you may want to team your dumbbells with a dumbbell bench. A good bench can help to keep your body in the correct position to lift the weights and a combination bench will help to inspire an interesting and motivational lifting routine.
You can alternatively purchase a complete home gym. Although these are certainly pricier than a basic dumbbell set they offer many alternatives to basic weight lifting. They are designed to target many more muscle groups and can be good for those people who get bored of doing one specific weight lifting exercise or tire easily. They can also provide training for more than one person at a time, so are a great way of working out with a family member or friend.