This page about bodybuilding for beginners it is for people with no or less than six months worth of training. If you have just started bodybuilding and you are getting confused with all the information out there and you are wondering what you should do, read this page first.
First off, Joining A Gym: When you are looking for a gym to join you should consider a few things first, do you want to use saunas, steam rooms, swimming pools if these are important to you then you should look at health clubs, they are a bit more expensive than some gyms but if that is what you are looking for, and you will use the facilities then a health club is for you.
You should also be looking at the range of equipment in the gym does it have a mixture of free weights and machines the free weights should be heavy enough to complete your intense workouts Also some machines so you can isolate the muscle and. There should also be cardio equipment in the gym as well such as running machines exercise bikes, rowing machines etc.
Another big factor for choosing a gym is the atmosphere. You may want to choose a gym where the people training in the gym are training for the same reason you are, to build muscle because they can give you advice on your form and if the people in the gym are workout with intensity then that can help motivate you to perform better, I started off in a health club, the gym I go to now was a bit intimidating to me when I first started training as I only weighed 8 stone and couldn’t lift hardly any weight, my self confidence was low when I first started so I was training at a health club (don’t get me wrong I am not knocking health clubs they had their benefits) but they wasn’t a lot of people training for the same goal as me so I decided to look for another gym and I am glad I did as the people in the new gym really helped me push myself, but as I say if you want to use the facilities in a health club then that’s your gym.
Second you need to set yourself a goal to achieve, such as Put on 3 stone of muscle then once you have your main goal, break it down into smaller goals i.e. this month I will put on 4 pound the next month I will put on another 4 pound and so on. Remember to be realistic when you are setting your goals because if you set yourself an unrealistic goal and you don’t reach it you will be disappointed and be less motivated to carry on, but if your goal is realistic and you achieve it then you will feel so much better.
Training Log. If you keep a training log then it will be easier to know what weight you are going to be lifting and what exercise you will be doing and it is a very good motivator to see it written down on paper that the weight is going up. If you don’t have a training log you could fall into the trap of just going to the gym and just going through the motions such as keeping the weight the same all the time and not improving on it as you keep forgetting what you did last time.
Photos. It is a good idea to take pictures of yourself before you start so you can look back in 6 months time and physically see the changes to your body and how far you have come, you should have a picture from the front back and the left and right side. Another good thing to do is take the measurements of your body and then again 6 months later.
Now the tricky part nutrition. When you are first starting out bodybuilding you should make sure you eat at least 3 times per day breakfast lunch and dinner,and that you are getting sufficent amounts of protein and carbohydrates now you are thinking but shouldn’t you eat 5 -6 times per day and yes you right but if you are just starting out then you might not be eating even 3 times per day I know I wasn’t, so to start with get in your 3 meals per day and we can go from there. Once you are eating properly then you can start to introduce protein shakes in to your diet.
Water, do not forget to drink plenty of water through the day as you will perform a lot better if you are hydrated.
Routines , What routine to follow there are so many routines out there what one should you do, you should follow a routine that is not to complicated but one that hits your entire body.
To sum up all the information for bodybuilding for beginners :
- Choose a gym that will work for you and that you feel comfortable working in.
- Set yourself a goal. Have one main goal then break that into smaller goals.
- Keep a training log of your progress.
- Take some photos of yourself and record your measurements.
- Eat 3 meals per day.
- Introduce protein shakes into your diet.
- Drink plenty of water.
- Follow a routine that is not too complicated but one that hits your entire body.