Most weight machines tend to only allow movement in a single, guided plain focusing on the major muscle which is required to lift the weight where as Free weights incorporate the task of balancing which works more muscles than the main one required to perform and complete the reps.
I personally don’t use many Weight machines unless I’m training legs as I like to work my abs as much as possible and balancing on a medicine ball with dumbells performing a chest press always feels great with a little ache in my stummy. But if you’re new to strength training I suggest starting off with machines to get your form right and to learn what size weights you are able to effectively perform your reps with.
3. Why Are My Muscles Sore After a Workout?
This is known as DOMS (delayed onset muscle soreness). We’ve all been there, you’ve just killed your workout and you leave the gym feeling like a goddess but fast forward two days and you’re hobbling around the house like an OAP. You generally experience this after trying a new exercise or increase in the weight of an exercise but although we generally tend to associate soreness with injury, with DOMS it isn’t exactly the case and as you continue to work and strengthen your muscles your body will gradually learn to protect itself against this. But for me personally, knowing that DOMS is relating to damage to muscle vibres (but good damage which promotes strengthened muscles) means it correlates to a damn good workout.
4. How Often Should I Work Out/Lift Weights?
From my research (I do a lot, does that class as a hobby?) it is suggested that you exercise 20 to 60 minutes between three and 5 times a week. I think three day’s of exercise is good for beginners but to see constant improvement I’d always aim to progress gradually to more.
Doing a full body workout every day isn’t necessary or particularly time efficient so incorporating your recommended level of cardio along side a single muscle group for each day of the week, allows each of those groups about a week (although two day’s has been suggested) to recover. This is where I use DOMS from the previous question to determine if a muscle group is ready to go, if it aches it just needs more time.
5. How do I get rid of cellulite?
Unfortunately this is another area that you may need to thank your family for as genetics again plays a big part here. I personally have been one of the lucky ones but it doesn’t mean I haven’t seen the upset is causes so many people I know. I spoke to a few of my friends and did a little more research to find out the best methods for combating cellulite.
Ideally done before you bathe once a day use a dry body brush (available from most drug stores for pretty cheap) and start at your feet sweeping the brush in a long upwards motion towards your heard to promote the flowing of lymphatic fluid which disperses toxins and stubborn fat stores.
Are you bored of me saying this yet? Well sorry but its true, reducing the amount of fat you eat will reduce the amount of fat you have but also anti-inflammatory diets will minimize the appearance of cellulite.
You know the drill.
I’ve got to stress, these are not a quick fix and may help along side all of the above, but creams with caffeine, horse chesnut and Theophylline and Paraguay tea have been noted as the best.