The benefits of lifting weights or "pumping iron" are
as various as the types of people who lift weights. Besides the
obvious benefit of added muscular strength & self esteem, weight
training can offer the following other benefits.
• Improves your posture, balance and coordination
• Elevates your mood
• Improves your muscular endurance
• Can reverse the natural decline in your metabolism
• Positive affect on almost all of your 650+ muscles
• Makes you less prone to low-back injuries
Shahin has a huge selection of free weights,
including steel and rubber coated dumbbells. Whether you're a
novice or a lifting veteran, you'll find Shahin has all the
free weight equipment you need for a powerful workout, including
benches, curl bars, squat and power racks, steel dumbbells (up to
150 LBS) and more.
We also have a complete line of circuit training
equipment from Matrix, Sports Art, and Body Solid.
These pieces of equipment not only provide the same benefits as free
weights, but you won't need a spotter, have to change plates or
worry about incorrect form.
Muscle soreness, which typically occurs a
day or two after an activity, results from microscopic muscle or
connective tissue damage. These aches and pains should be minor, and
are simply indications that muscles are adapting to your fitness
regimen. We encourage health and fitness instructors to explain the
likelihood of muscle soreness to new exercisers. Health and fitness
professionals are the first line of defense for people misinformed
about exercise. It's really important they have the background
knowledge to describe initial muscle pain and soreness so the person
doesn't treat it as an obstacle to exercise.
We recommend these tips to address muscle
soreness as sorely out-of-shape. Some people think they
have no business exercising because exercise is 'painful.'
That's not the case. The soreness is there simply because your
muscle is learning something new, and the benefits of exercise
far outweigh any initial discomfort.
Gentle stretching may help restore
Massage may also offer some pain
Application of balms, creams
and/or ice, as well as submersion in warm water, may provide
There's no scientific evidence that herbal remedies
are effective, but products containing ibuprofen may help lessen
the discomfort. The best treatment is to take it easy for a few days while your body
Don't avoid activity because of
muscle soreness. In fact, keeping the muscle in
motion with light exercise can be beneficial.
Talk to your health and
fitness instructor about muscle pain or soreness. It's normal
to feel soreness, particularly after new moves, but if you're
concerned, talk to your healthcare provider or instructor for
Muscle cramps, intense, involuntary contractions of
the muscle, typically occur toward the end of a long workout or
competition. Cramps are traditionally thought to stem from
dehydration or electrolyte imbalances (loss in body salt through
sweat), but this is not always the case.
Athletes and exercisers are not the only group to
experience painful muscle cramps. Musicians often get
cramps, but they do not have a large sweat loss. Cramping is likely
the results of using a muscle repetitively so that becomes
fatigued. This may trigger abnormal neural activity that
results in involuntary muscle contractions. And, there are also some
unknown factors in muscle cramps. For instance, if the whole body is
dehydrated, why does only one muscle cramp? Researchers are
interested in solving this dilemma. This leads us to think that the
main cause of a muscle cramp is fatigue of the muscle.
There's no "cure" for muscle cramps, but we
Stretch regularly, stay well hydrated, take in
a well-balanced diet and be conditioned for exercise.
cramps occur, hold the muscle in a stretched position until the
Drinking pickle juice or pinching the upper lip
or nostril are urban-legend type remedies for muscle cramps that
some athletes swear are effective.
|How do I
use a particular piece of equipment?|
Shahin has instructors that will be more than happy to
assist you with any questions.|
|Who can I
ask questions I have about my weight lifting
to ask any of the fitness instructors or drop us
an email with your question.|
should I work out?|
It's best to alternate days. For example, one day
work your upper body and the next day your lower
body. You should let your body rest at least two days each
|I feel a
burning sensation in my muscles, is this normal?|
In most cases yes! The burning sensation
is actually the stretching or ripping of the
muscle. If the pain becomes prolonged or
unbearable, please visit your doctor.|