People exercise for different reasons. Some people want to lose weight. Others enjoy the energy that exercise provides. And some people want to get crazy buff.
Whether or not “crazy buffness” is your goal, bodybuilding can be a fun and rewarding hobby. But it’s not something you can accomplish in a day, and it’s not entirely without risks. While bodybuilding can be rewarding, it can also be dangerous if you go about it the wrong way. Here are a few things to keep in mind when beginning a bodybuilding program.
Check with your doctor
One of the first things you’ll want to do is have an overall physical to ensure that you’re in good health. Tell your doctor about your plans to start a bodybuilding routine and see if he or she has any warnings or recommendations.
Focus on diet
Some people forget that proper nutrition is just important as working out. Bodybuilders, like all athletes, burn a lot of calories. In addition, bodybuilders need to have enough protein to keep them going. However, don’t go on a crazy diet and consume all sorts of specialty drinks, shakes, and bars. There is such a thing as having too much protein, which can be extremely dangerous. Don’t rely on numbers that say you should have such and such amount of protein. This is a good guide for determining how much protein is too much.
Numbers vary, but experts generally recommend approximately 30-40 minutes of aerobic exercise 3-4 times a week, and 3-4 weight training sessions per week of about 40-60 minutes. Of course, this depends on your physical ability. If you’re out of shape, begin slowly and build up to higher numbers. This guide is pretty helpful as it offers tips specifically for beginners, intermediate, and advanced bodybuilders.
Finding a trainer
Honestly, the best way to really “get into” bodybuilding is to find a trainer. Check your local gym or bodybuilding organization to find someone who is qualified and willing to help you work toward your goals.
If you can’t afford a trainer, you aren’t entirely out of luck as there are some good tutorials online that can show you how to get started. That said, finding a trainer really is the best way to get involved with bodybuilding.
…and not dumb. Don’t do steroids. If you’re not achieving the body you’d like immediately, don’t get discouraged. The truth is you may never be the strongest person in the world, and that’s OK. Bodybuilding is a fun hobby, but don’t take it so seriously that you start risking your health. Be smart and safe, and most of all have fun!