First time body building is not for the lazy, the unmotivated, or the shortcut-taker. Building a toned, muscular body is not an overnight process. It takes real dedication, hard work, careful planning, and a lot of sweat and tears before you have the body you want.
Here are a few simple instructions for first time body builders.
Do not pick an expensive gym or health club.
It is not about where you do it. It's about what you do and how you do it. Do not fall for the hype of glitzy gyms with brand new, state-of-the-art equipment and personal trainers who bring you refreshers on a tray when you ask.
If you're really intent on building muscle, you can even do it at home with just a few free weights. You do not really need so much gear. Do not worry too much about finding the right gym. It's really all about your hard work anyway.
Start with the machines.
Beginners are just learning about proper form and posture, which is necessary in preventing injury and overexertion. When you're just starting out, use the machines instead of free weights. Machines force you into the proper posture while free weights take effort and some ability to balance.
If you're not good at it yet, you could end up hurting yourself. This is especially true when you do not have a spotter. Err on the side of caution and go with the machines.
Do some cardio as well.
Cardio is important because it burns off the fats. When you have less fat, you will be better able to see your muscles. Get on the treadmill for at least 20 minutes at least three times a week.
Alternately, you can take up running or jogging. Do this first thing in the morning, when your body is at its peak fat-burning mode. But do not overdo it, lest you overheat yourself.
Consult your doctor.
Whether or not you have a preexisting health condition, you should schedule a checkup with your doctor before you begin training. Get a complete physical exam. Your doctor will be able to give you diet and training guidelines that are suited for your particular state of health.
You can not just lift some weights, drink a couple of protein shakes, and expect to wake up the next morning with ripped abs or toned pecs. Beginner body building can be easy, but not that easy. You have to have a workout plan. You have to train at least three times a week. You have to watch what you eat. Only after you do all these regularly for at least a few months will you see the results.
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