If you’re just starting on your weightlifting path, good on you. We believe that every man can benefit from lifting, as resistance training does so much more than make you strong: it keeps your bones and internal organs healthy and even increases testosterone. There’s no need to be scared of the herd of turbo-bros gathered by the watering hole: we’ve consulted top PT Jason Patmore on how to get started pumping iron. He walks us through everything you need to know regarding barbells, dumbells and machines.
The barbell is going to be your best friend in your weightlifting journey. Start getting cosy. “To start off, we’ll do simple movements without any weight“ says Patmore. Never mind what anyone else thinks: remove the weight from thebar. As a beginner, it’s better to perfect the motions you’ll be doing over and over again than to carry on with too much weight. Here’s three exercises Patmore recommends for newbies:
1. The barbell lunge.
– Place the bar across your back.
– Step forward with your right foot and sink into a lunge, so both legs are bent with your back knee as close to the floor as possible.
– Drive yourself back up and repeat