When it comes to working out for fitness, muscle building, or even weight loss, one of the most highly recommended methods is weight training? So exactly what is weight training exercise? In the most basic sense, weight training exercises can be categorized into 3 groups depending on what equipment is used and how they are performed. The 3 groups are:
- Body Weight Exercises
- Free Weight Exercises
By knowing how each of these types of exercises works, you will be able to determine which one could work best for you.
BODY WEIGHT EXERCISES
A body weight training technique is where the resistance comes from your own body weight. Unlike in a free weight exercise where you will be moving a dumbbell or a barbell from one point to another, body weight exercises require that you move your own body from point A to point B. Examples of these exercises involve pull-ups, push-ups, dips, and chin-ups.
FREE WEIGHT EXERCISES
A free weight exercise and training method is where the resistance is given by any free moving object, such as dumbbells or a barbell. Some examples of these exercises are dumbbell or barbell press, curl, row, deadlift, or extension.
In essence, if you are moving some type of weight from one point to another, and such weight isn’t attached to or supported by anything except you, this is considered a free weight exercise.
Machine exercises are those that work on a fixed path, and wherein the weight is stabilized by a machine. Instead of holding the weight where resistance is coming from, and then moving it from point A to point B, you will be holding handles that are attached to the machine. A few examples would be any kind of machine press, curl, row, extension, and leg press.
So which type of exercise will help you reach your goals?
To improve performance: If your goal is to improve physical performance, the ideal weight training technique would be a combination of free weight and body weight exercises.
To look better: For those who want to lose fat or build muscle, allt he three types of weight training exercises would be good. But in general, body weight and free weight exercises are the best to start with.
Enhancing the Effects of Weight Training Techniques
If you have already defined your fitness goals, the type of weight training technique that you choose is important, but your success is not solely dependent on it. Your commitment is what should keep you going. That means you also need to improve your lifestyle and make the necessary changes so you could be healthier and more physically fit. You may as well explore other training techniques for building muscles, particularly occlusion training.