Weight Training For Scuba Diving
If you can walk around the block without stumbling over a crack in the sidewalk, then you can exercise with free weights. Many people think it's dangerous, but you have to be careful too not drop a weight plate on your foot, but "Wear shoes" anyway.
If you don't have a set of weights and a workout bench, get one. You can pick up a used set of standard weights,"I would recommend Standard weights for beginners", at your local exercise equipment outlet store for around a hundred bucks. That's not bad of an investment for the end results.
There Are Several Questions On Lifting Free Weights.
(a) How much time should I spend on warm up and stretching?
The average person should take at least 20 minutes. Warm-up, and then stretch.
(b) How much weight should I use?
If you are average build, and say, 30 pounds over weight, start with 15 to 20 pounds on all exercises.
(c) How many sets should I do?
At least (2) two for each exercise. A set is a given number of repetitions per exercise.
(d) How many repetitions should I perform?
At least 8 to 10 to start out. Repetitions are how many times you lift the weight.
(e) How much time should I spend between sets?
Take at least 20 seconds.
(f) How much time should I take between exercises?
At least (1) one minute. Sit on the bench and breath normal.
(g)How much time should I spend on a full body workout?
Anywhere from 30 to 45 minutes. A full body workout is the best routine to use for weight loss and getting into shape.
(h) How do I breath when performing an exercise?
Take a breath in when lifting the weight, and breath out when lowering the weight.
(I) What should I think about when I'm exercising?
Think about how good your going to look and feel. Take a few minutes before starting your routine, and meditate on this. "Look good, Feel good".
When your doing, say a dumbbell curl, think about the forearm muscle and bicep muscle, tightening these muscles on the raising and lowering the weight.
(J) How do I know if I'm in the correct posture when exercising?
Actually if you are not in a strained position, and are comfortable, you are probably using the correct form.
(K) How many time a week should I workout?
At least 3 times a week.
(L) What should I wear?
Anything that is comfortable.
(M) How long should I wait after I eat to workout?
At least an hour.
There are dozens of books and videos on exercises for all the muscle groups. You can find information on websites and in book stores. In most of the body building books you find on the market, they are mostly aimed at advanced body builders. Stay away from those routines, they will do you more harm than good. Look for beginner routines until your ready to advance. Most of the huge muscles you see on top body builders are not standard. You have to have the right body type to progress to that height, and have the desire to accumulate large muscles. The normal person cannot develop large muscles, no matter how hard they try. Get yourself in good physical shape, and it will pay off when you get into your scuba gear.