My boyfriend wanted to muscle in (literally!) on my blog, so I said I would let him post some tips about bodybuilding. It’s what he enjoys and is very good at it, so I decided to let him.
One of the biggest mistakes you can make as a bodybuilding newcomer is to try and copy what professional bodybuilders are doing. If you are starting out and try to copy their routines then you just won’t grow muscles as efficiently as you could. This is because they have taken a long time to get the physique they have and they can train with heavier weights.
As a newcomer you first need to follow the basic steps before moving onto the advanced level. So let’s take a look at how to build muscle effectively when you are just starting out:
Get Stronger – This sounds obvious but you need to get stronger to get larger muscles. So weight training is the best way to get stronger. First you should start out with just the barbell and no weights at all. Get the technique right for each exercise before adding the weight. Technique is crucial to make sure the exercises will be effective.
As well as the weight training, basic exercises can be incorporated to build up your strength, such as push ups, reverse crunches, pistols and dips. These will help the shoulders, arms and back to be naturally stronger. When these exercises get easy, you can add weights to the body to make them more difficult.
Using Free Weights – Bodybuilding and weight training doesn’t necessarily mean having to go to the gym. Actually free weights can be more effective than machines. All you need is a barbell and a set of dumbbells with various weights to give you all you need. Free weights allow for more natural movements and machines will only give fixed movements.
Using free weights also means you are controlling the balance of the weights, not the machines. So you are using more strength in each exercise. More strength means you’ll have more muscles. There are also dozens of different exercises you can do with free weights as opposed to machines that are designed for just one purpose only.
Work Your Full Body – When you look at professional bodybuilding workout routines you will notice that many exercises will isolate an individual muscle group. This is fine once a base strength has been established. But when starting out you need to get the base strength first, so focus on full body workouts that exercise more than one muscle group at a time.
So try exercises like squats, bench presses, pull-ups and deadlifts as these are great for building core strength. Smith machines – like these – Once you have the core strength you can move onto isolated exercises for each muscle group.
These are just some simple tips to help you to build muscle more effectively than just trying to copy professional bodybuilders.