Bodybuilding for Beginners Tips
When you start weight training for the first time the best tip anyone can give to you is take it easy on your first workout. Your muscles will be sore for 48 hours after your first workout no matter what weights you lift. But if you try and lift a weight that is too heavy for you on your first workout you will be very sore and may injure yourself.
Gaining muscle is a long-term endeavor, you will not gain muscles in a week or two. Muscles are built out of habit because the muscle grows to accommodate the resistance it has to put up with every other day. Progressive resistance comes from increasing the resistance you lift over time.
When starting out for your first six months you need to consider quite a few things, so we have put them in point form so that it is easy to reference when you might feel at a loss. The beginner tips listed below are in no specific order but some are more important than others.
Know what perfect form is on every exercise
Focus on perfecting the big four: bench-press, squats, deadlifts and military press
Train sets with 8 to 12 reps
Take a full 48 hours between workouts
Never forget to stretch before, during and after the workout
Never forget your post workout meal eaten with 90 minutes after training
Combine machine movements with free weights
Train cardio after your workouts not before
Plan your days meals ahead of time before you leave home
Make your training a habit and not a chore
Always lift your weights in a controlled manner never using momentum
Be aware of posture all the time, it improves results
Squeeze the weight always looking for peak contraction
Keep a training journal so that you can learn from your mistakes
Complete every rep you do
Think about the muscle you are training
Always ask advice and speak to a personal trainer to watch your form