Who knows how weight training
really started. One can only assume objects such as rocks were lifted and other
such objects, until eventually specially crafted dumbbells and barbells were
created. When all is said and done, training with free weights is still pretty
much the same as it’s always been. Machine training on the other hand is
something relatively new. The idea of having a machine assist in a lift may
contravene the ingrained idea of making the muscles take all the strain, but I
feel quite often the true point is missed. My article aims to shed some light
on what machines can really do for you, and why they can prove to be just as
valuable as free weights, if only people approached them in the right way.
People always seem to want to pit
machine training against free weight training, when the smartest of trainees
will always see the benefits in using both, as machines and free weights offer
different benefits. At the most basic level when questioning whether machines
are of any use or not, consider this: professional bodybuilders are at the
uppermost of their genetic potential thus aren’t necessarily capable of big
gains anymore – even when pumped full of state of the art steroids – yet they
still use machines. If machines didn’t work, people who’s entire career depends
on winning prize money and sponsorship deals by being the biggest and best
wouldn’t waste a minute on them.
Machines also make for safer,
more confident lifting for many people. It’s a given most people harbor the
fear that one day, for whatever reason, they will become stuck under a weight
and put themselves in trouble – particularly if nobody is there to ‘spot’ them.
Such fears can make people switch to lighter, less challenging … Read the rest
There are numerous reasons why
millions of people enjoy taking part in various sporting activities. For some people
it’s all about keeping fit and staying in shape. For others, it may be about
team-work or social aspects of the sport.
If you’re thinking about taking
up a new sport, or maybe considering spending more time doing a particular
sporting activity, then it makes sense to think about your motivation in
advance. What are your reasons for doing more sport?
You may not have sat back to
think about them in any structured manner. But doing so can give you more
clarity and make things more rewarding. Different sports and recreational
activities will be suited to differing individuals. Have you thought about when
you will be taking part in your sporting pursuits?
Some sports tend to be associated
with specific times of the year. Here in the UK, for instance, cricket is very
much seen as being a summer sport. This is understandable, since it relies on
having good weather conditions. Taking up cricket will allow you to spend
plenty of time out in the sunshine.
But there may also be some
negatives associated with the sport. If you usually have a busy social calendar
in the summer months then you may not want to be restricted by having to make a
commitment to play cricket every weekend. You may prefer, instead, to take up a
These might include games like football
and rugby. But these also have their downsides. If you don’t like playing in
wet, windy, cold conditions then they may not be perfect for you!
There are, of course, many
activities that are perfectly suited to being played indoors. Indeed, you can even
play indoor variations of football and cricket. These could be worth
considering if … Read the rest