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Beginner’s Guide to Weightlifting for Women

Types of Equipment

 

Similar to the cardio area of the gym, the weight room also has several different pieces of equipment to help you sculpt that killer body you’ve been dreaming about.

Weightlifting for BeginnersWeight machines – Because they are easy to use and require proper form, machines can be useful for beginners weight lifting. Their downfall, muscle recruitment is significantly less than when you use free weights and they don’t always allow you to move through a full range of motion, especially if you’re of a petite nature.

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Dumbbells – Dumbbells are newbie-friendly for the simple fact you don’t have to worry about a spotter. Because they get heavier by relatively small increments, you can gradually increase your resistance for each exercise.

Beginners Weight Lifting

Barbells – You’ll most definitely see a few women weightlifting with a barbell in the weight room — most likely in the squat rack. Barbells are great for heavy lifts, which you may not be hitting right now, but I assure you, you will be. Keep in mind, the standard barbell weighs 45 pounds, so if you’re strength is on the lower side you’ll want to work your way up to those. However, there are lighter barbells, around 25 pounds that are great for beginners.

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Kettlebells – Kettlebells can be used for everything dumbbells and barbells are used for, and then some. They are effective for improving strength and cardio – so, basically, they’re awesome and should most definitely be included in every weightlifting for women program.

 

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