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How to start bodybuilding and get in good shape?

Updated on December 27, 2011

I am 30 and would like to start to train seriously and build some muscles, need some advice on exercises, supplements, and dieting for my beer gut.

Hey, I remember when I was first learning what it was like learning how to lift. First things first is determining what you do know. If you have ever worked out before, or even just know how to perform some exercises, then you've got a good start. If you don't know any, then I have some sites that will show you how to do them if you need it. The most important thing when you start is no matter what you do, keep a log of it. Write down what you eat, drink, when you run, lift, everything.

The most important thing with diet is eat enough protein, most people don't get enough protein at all, and cut out the sugars, starches. I like low-carbohydrate diets, but for a long term approach, if you cut the sugar, bread, cola, etc, that's way more than 90% of people do. As far as training, if you do large compound movements and keep changing your sets and reps, it doesn't have to get fancy because as long as you squat, deadlift, pull up, bench press, overhead press, and do some kind of Olympic lifting, your entire body will get a workout. Don't waste time doing 20 sets of curls and triceps kickbacks and no legs, it is just like walking up an escalator going down, a complete waste of time.

When it comes to supplements, they're just that, the only supplement I recommend to a complete beginner is a good protein powder, but everything else is for fine tuning, and right now you're just at the gotta get started stage. Don't overanalyze it, analysis paralysis is the number 2 killer of all workouts, behind laziness. Just get in the gym, move more weight every time you go, either by lifting heavier or doing more reps, and cut out the crap foods, eat fruit and veggies for carbs, lots of meat, and sleep.

It's not that hard. If you need anymore help, just let me know.

You can also probably get some good advice on lifting from some good books too."The Body Sculpting Bible for Men" (See Below) and "Weight Training Workouts that Work" (Read Below) and "Strength Training Anatomy". Take some photos of your every week and check the progress, will help you to remain motivated.

Happy New Year. Get in shape in 2011

Want to become a slim beautiful girl, be fitness conscious.
Want to become a slim beautiful girl, be fitness conscious.
Are you aspiring to become a top sex model, get in shape.
Are you aspiring to become a top sex model, get in shape.
Get in shape now - Check your weight regularly if you are pushing yourself to get in shape.
Get in shape now - Check your weight regularly if you are pushing yourself to get in shape.


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    • samtenabray profile image


      7 years ago from uk

      Some great advice there! Really interesting read. Will take this info in mind when I am working out next!

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      7 years ago

      Great Bodybuilding advice. I would like to add while keeping a low carb healthy diet is important. However having a cheat day is also important to help keep long term dieting consistent. I use steroids and I need my weekly cheat meal to help me stay motivated. Bodybuilding is not only a physical sport but a mental game. Picked up some gear for my next cycle at ordered with them 4 times now great service and quality products. I highly recommend them.

    • soni2006 profile imageAUTHOR

      Rajinder Soni 

      8 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Yes Travis, you are totally correct. We need to keep our body hydrated with fluids during and after workouts or else it will tire easily due to extreme friction.

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      8 years ago

      Your definitely right, protein is one of the most important factors when it comes to building muscle and staying lean. Protein powder can make a great supplement, but drinking lots of water is also important for the sake of keeping hydrated during and after workouts.

    • soni2006 profile imageAUTHOR

      Rajinder Soni 

      8 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks a lot deancortez044. I will check out your hubs today. You must be an interesting person.

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      8 years ago from Las Vegas

      Saying and doing are two different things. I voted your hub up and said it was Awesome. I followed you and bookmarked your hub. If you get a chance stop by my hub.

      You have put allot of effort into your Hub...good work.

    • soni2006 profile imageAUTHOR

      Rajinder Soni 

      8 years ago from New Delhi, India

      So that means that if it is difficult to consume 1 to 2 grams of protein per pound of body weight every day, we need to consume bodybuilding protein supplements to supplement that? But what if a bodybuilder does not want to consume them. I know many people who consume protein naturally rather than depending on protein supplements. One of my colleagues who is an average bodybuilder consumes at least 10 egg whites per day in the office while editing documents on the computer. Will that be fine or he need to consume more?

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      Bodybuilding Supplements 

      8 years ago

      Protein- Protein is one of the oldest and most commonly used bodybuilding supplements. Adequate protein intake is absolutely essential for building lean muscle. A general rule of thumb is to consume 1-2 grams of protein per pound of body weight each day. This is often difficult to achieve through diet alone.

    • soni2006 profile imageAUTHOR

      Rajinder Soni 

      10 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks Tom and Naresh for visiting and commenting here. I will definitely keep it up and publish more informational hubs on the same, health and bodybuilding.

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      10 years ago from New Delhi, India

      gr8 informative hub mate....keep it up...!!!

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      Tom rubenoff 

      10 years ago from United States

      Informative hub. I will consider your advice as I train.


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