Lifting weights has proven benefits at any age, especially for those in middle age and later life. Check out The Midlife Man article Benefits of Weight Training for the Middle Aged Man. But if you have never lifted weights before selecting a gym can be a little daunting, and making the wrong choice can put you off weightlifting as a sport. It’s not about equipment, most gyms will have more than enough of the right type of equipment for a comprehensive full body work out. Selecting a gym is more about wanting to train and making it easy so that regular workouts become part of your lifestyle. Here are some simple but important observations on starting weighting lifting and how to find a gym to suit you.
This is often the first question men ask themselves. I have lost count of how many men I know who buy weights and other gym equipment to use at home, only to quickly lose interest, not use them and eventually sell the equipment. The mindset seems to be that if the weights are at home they will be used more often, for most this does not turn out to be the case. Or perhaps some men, particularly older men are a little self-conscious about stepping in to a gym.
There are many reasons not to invest in weights and equipment to use at home here are a couple:
The flip side argument for going to a gym to lift weights is:
Finding a gym that is a good fit for the middle aged man can be hard work. But it is also important to find the right gym, one that feels right for you, and is convenient to access, otherwise you won’t use it.
Suggested criteria for a good gym to suit an individual’s needs are as follows:
I hope these pointers help in your quest to improve your health and well being
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