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How to Start Your Bodybuilding Training

Updated on September 28, 2009

Tom Venuto: Author and Power Bodybuilder

Tom Venuto: Bodybuilder and author of the eBook: "Burn the Fat: Feed the Muscle".
Tom Venuto: Bodybuilder and author of the eBook: "Burn the Fat: Feed the Muscle".

Bodybuilding: It Starts With a Plan

A beautiful body can be the product of modern technology but it also involves hard work and a plan.  How do you begin a bodybuilding program? To answer the question, one must know that physical activity alone will not give you the desired results. Nutrition carries equivalent importance in your bodybuilding program.  Thus exercise is a complement to diet your overall fitness program.  

Bodybuilding regimens respond well to small, frequent meals. The metabolism will then “ramp up” to burn a greater number of calories as the muscle mass builds. A good nutrition program for bodybuilding should include carbohydrates, protein and fats in the right amounts and the right frequency.

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Bodybuilding Rules to Live By...

The following are rules should be considered for muscle building regimens:

1.    Eat at least 5 times a day spaced roughly two to three hours apart.

2.    Center the training program around the large, compound movements such as squats and presses.

3.    Avoid an excessive number all-out work sets at any workout  - remember: less is usually better.

4.    Avoid intense exercise regimens more than two days in a row.

5.    Ramp up your metabolism: Have a protein drink immediately after every training session.

6.    Take a break by reducing intensity and reps after four to six weeks of high intensity training.

7.    Try to maintain mental calmness during workouts.

Safety Tips for Workouts

Consider these safety tips:

1. Warm up thoroughly and stretch before each workout.

2. The purpose of weight training is to fatigue the muscles – just remember to avoid overstressing the muscles.

3. Use the proper amount of weight for your stage in training.

4. Use appropriate safety equipment.

5. Work out with a training partner whenever appropriate and possible.

6. Choose a reputable facility.

7. Seek the advice of professionals to evaluate your training plan.

8. Avoid over training.

Remember these for tips:

1. Plan you workouts and your diet.

2. Eating the right foods in the right amounts.

3. Use supplements appropriately.

4. Build rest into your regimine.

Final Thoughts...Then Let's Get To It!!

Simple as it may seem, developing the right plan for exercise and diet requires work. Be sure that the exercise and workout structure are planned and appropriate for your stage in training. The same holds true of your diet. It must be well planned with the appropriate foods in the correct quantities. There are food supplements that help but there are also many “unproven” products. You need to know which one is best for you. Similarly, rest should be aligned with your objectives.

There is a wealth of information on nutrition, exercise and dietary supplements. You need to know which are best for you. Much information can be obtained from the library, or the internet. Getting the advice of a fitness professional may be expensive but, in the long run, may be a good use of your money.

Here is to hoping that you will embark on a successful bodybuilding program. Now, let’s get to the gym!

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