You've never lifted weights? Here are some tips!
The magic numbers are 8 through 12.
Find a weight (or a position, if you are using your
body as the weight) that you can lift 8-12 times before
you get tired or feel the burn. If you can lift the
weight more than 12 times, you need something heavier. If
you can't lift it at least 8 times, you need a lighter
weight. Doing 8-12 repetitions is called a set. I
recommend that beginners do one or two sets.
Work the large muscles first.
Small muscles fatigue quickly. When they get exhausted
they can't assist the large muscles. So, work the large
muscles first (chest, back, shoulders, thighs) and the
smaller muscles last (arms, calves, abdominals).
Remember to breathe!
This sounds silly, but beginners often hold their
breath during lifting, which can cause a sharp rise in
blood pressure. It doesn't matter whether you inhale or
exhale during the lift; you decide which feels more
comfortable. Just remember to do it!
Wait 48 hours between sessions.
Muscles taxed by weight lifting need about 48 hours to
repair. You must give your muscles time to recover so
that you get the fat burning benefits.