Beginner's Guide to Weight Training

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Who would have thought a set of dumbbells and a training mat is all you need to start losing weight and gaining muscle?

Of course, you can go the whole nine yards and buy a set of gloves, a weight-lifting belt and a bar bell with a full set of weight disks, but it really is not necessary in order to set you off on the path to burning that excess fat and adding that all-important muscle.

As a beginner the most important thing to grasp is how often to exercise and how much weight to lift. For the first six weeks your body will be getting used to regular exercise before the real hard work starts! Make sure you have at least a full day of rest between each workout and pick a program that works all muscle groups. Take 5 to 10 minutes of light cardio work to warm up before you start each session.