Whether you’re working out at home or in the sports club using the proper weight lifting accessories can make your routines safer and more comfortable. Most of these accessories are not required prior to working out but do provide enhanced performance and safety.
Some believe that if you’re going to be lifting heavy weights you need to wear a weightlifting belt. Others believe that a weightlifting belt is not necessary. The folks who believe you should wear a weightlifting belt believe that the belt will protect your lower back. The other side believes that a weightlifting belt is a crutch and by using your back and abdominal muscles you will develop a strong core. If you’re abdominal muscles are not as strong as they can be those weaknesses may cause problems with your back in the future. From my perspective weekend lifters should not be concerned with belts. You only really need a belt if you’re going to be a power lifter. Get your back and your abdominal muscles working and you’ll notice the benefit in the future.
If you’re going to work out you need to make sure that you have the right clothing. Don’t choose short shorts as some of the positions may expose your underwear. We’re sure a simple tank top or T-shirt will do just fine. Don’t wear anything heavy which will not let your body get rid of the sweat or impede your movement.
If you’re going to be doing bench presses you want to make sure that you get a good pair of weightlifting gloves. Gloves are not only for making sure that your hands don’t get callouses, but they also keep sweaty hands from slipping off bars or from the heavyweight causing pain in your hands. Also if you’re using resistance tubing the gloves will keep your hands from having allergic reaction to the latex. You also might want to consider using weightlifting pads. The spongy pads fit in the palm of your hand and offer you more control is more of your hand is available for contact to the weight. Keep in mind though that when you’re working out you’ll have to carry the pads around in your pockets while working on other exercises.
Make sure you wear an athletic shoe with ankle support and plenty of padding. This will make sure that you stay balanced and that your feet and your joints are protected. I’ve actually seen people wearing flip-flops when lifting weights. I wouldn’t what would happen to that person if they accidentally dropped a weight on their foot. Wearing improper footwear is an accident waiting to happen.
Don’t forget your towel. The last thing you want to do is to have to lay down in a puddle of someone else’s sweat. It’ll come in handy for wiping down machines before you use them and wiping down machines after you use the. You always want to be courteous and make sure the equipment is as clean as you left it.
You also want to make sure that you stay well hydrated during your exercise. You won’t be able to have a drink of water during your exercises so it’s imperative that you have a water bottle at your side at all times.
In previous articles we talked about setting goals and measuring your goals. You want to make sure that you bring your work out journal so that you understand what your target goals are for the day and whether or not you’ve met them.