If you’ve been training for bodybuilding for some time now, it’s likely that you already know how important your weight training frequency is. To make sure you get results in the soonest possible time, you have to identify what your ideal frequency is, as well as what workout schedule will suit that frequency. When doing a training bodybuilding program, you should also know how many reps you should do per set so you could achieve your goal. The last and perhaps the most important aspect in developing your weight training program is your exercise selection.
Now the question is, “what weight training exercises must your routine include?” This is a very simple question, and yet, many of us spend a lot of time trying to figure out what the right answer to it is. It could be because there are a number of exercises to choose from, so it would be quite confusing if you’re not sure what you need.
Weight training exercises can be categorized into 4 different ways. Each method of weight training has its unique aspect, which you need to know if you want to make sure it’s the most appropriate method for you.
4 Categories of Weight Training Exercises
1. What type of equipment is required?
In terms of the type of equipment required to perform the exercises, you may choose from free weight exercises, bodyweight exercises, and machines. This means that you can perform your routine using free weights, the weight of your own body, or any machine for weight training.
2. How does the exercise train your body?
Another way to categorize exercises for weight training is by how the exercises train your body. If the exercises target more than one major group of muscles at a time, they are compound exercises, but if they target just a single muscle group, they are isolation exercises.
When deciding which one between isolation and compound exercises to do, you have to know that the more muscle groups are targeted by an exercise, the more you need to be aware of how the exercise affects your planned frequency or volume for certain muscle groups.
3. Based on specific movement patterns.
This is one aspect of training bodybuilding exercises that many people do not really know about. In order for you workout routine to work and produce your desired results, it’s important that you choose exercises according to their specific pattern of movements. This is also an important consideration for you to protect yourself from injuries and imbalances.
4. Target muscle groups.
Lastly, you have to take into consideration the body part or groups of muscles that you want to develop using your weight training exercises. You should also consider doing vascular occlusion training to develop your muscles on your limbs.