Do’s and Dont’s for Beginner Bodybuilders
If you are a beginner hoping to challenge yourself and transform your body with a bodybuilding program, check out these 6 training and nutrition tips to stay safe and maximize your fitness routine.
Do Make a Plan
Too many beginners head to the gym, jerk some weights around and think they will walk out ripped. Instead, they often leave injured or frustrated because they didn’t have a plan. Create a structured plan before you even set foot in the gym. Do research for your body type, age, sex, and fitness goals, write your plan down and follow it for every workout.
Don’t Ignore For
Doing 100 poor reps is less effective than doing 10 perfect ones, so concentrate on your form every time you lift.
Do Be Patient
Results are not seen overnight, and changing your body takes time. Focus on one muscle group per workout so the microscopic tears you cause while lifting have time to repair. These small tears are actually how muscles grow and strengthen, but you have to give the process time. For example, focus on your chest and back one day, and move on to your legs the next day. This rotation gives your muscles time to recover between workouts.
Don’t Overestimate Your Abilities
Everyone has to start somewhere, and you should not be ashamed if your starting point is the 10-pound dumbbells. Nothing says “newbie” more than a guy who has terrible form because he is trying to lift too much weight. Overestimating your abilities is also a recipe for injuries that can keep you out of the weight room for weeks. Always push yourself, but never too far.
Do Warm Up
Many bodybuilders make the mistake of grabbing weights without warming up first. Stretching is the most important component of any workout, and the more flexible you are, the more you can lift. Stretching also reduces your chances of injury.
Do Pack the Essential Gear
Don’t hit the weight room without GRIPAD gym gloves, a bottle of water, a pair of shoes with decent traction and breathable, moisture-wicking clothing. This gear will help you have the best workout possible.