With all of the training, nutrition and supplementation advice available, the world of bodybuilding can be a minefield for beginners. If you want to get bigger and stronger but “super-sets”, “creatine monohydrate” and “hypertrophy” sound like something of a foreign language to you, you may benefit from the following advice.
- Speak to a trainer and have them outline a training routine geared toward your level. At this stage, a full-body, strength building routine is likely to be most effective. This type of workout includes working on all of the major muscle groups in your body (arms, back, chest, legs, and abdominals) three-four times per week, doing two-three sets of about eight-12 repetitions. Spend time building strength now, so that you can lift more later.
- Proteins are the building blocks of our body and consuming protein powder supplements or shakes can be useful in achieving lean muscle mass.
- Increase your intake of dietary protein to aid in muscle repair and simultaneously help to reduce your body fat. Enjoy lean meats and dairy along with lots of fresh fruit, vegetables and carbohydrates for energy.
- Explore different exercises and avoid the tendency to focus on just one muscle group. Many beginners focus entirely on their chest and arms, at the expense of their legs, core and back. This is an error and merely results in postural and muscular imbalances later on.
- Don’t forget cardio! Lifting weights isn’t everything. A couple of light cardio sessions each week will help to reduce your body fat percentage, making your muscles more visible, as well as all of the other great benefits aerobic exercise provides your body.
- Always warm up well, stretch, get adequate rest and adhere to proper technique to prevent injury.
Remember that bodybuilding takes time, so be patient. For more help with bodybuilding supplements, protein supplements and nutrition, contact Sporty’s Health Gold Coast on 07 55316734.