ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

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.

Kettlebell Workout: Getting Fit at Home

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!

Fitness Challenge

My Percent Body Fat Is....

See results


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)