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.

The Workout

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.

Be safe

…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!


  1. Dianna L. Greathouse says

    I would like to become a bodybuilder I am 55 years old female in help on the first thing to do?

  2. I would like to get involved in the bodybuilding industry, im from the uk, what is the best way for me to do so?

    • Nirav Chotalia says

      First You Start Warmup & After do 75%classical Exercise And 25%other tools bitween drink water as required

  3. Hi my name is vincent im currently turning 20 yrs, i luv bodybuilding wit my whole nd i mean it i’ll do anythng just 2 stay in this sport bt my problm is money if only i could get a sponsor 4 my sport i’ll appreciate it kindly, if ther iz anythng u cn contribute wit pls do i would b vry thnkful 4 it. Thiz goes 2 any 1 reading my story. Nd thanx 4 ur tym cheerz nd by da way my cell numba iz 0780121236

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  6. Despite what you may read in magazines, drugs, pills and supplements are not essential when considering how to be a bodybuilder. In fact, these things can actually be detrimental to the real culture and long-term harm to your body and internal organs.If you are thinking of how to be a bodybuilder, specifically a natural bodybuilder, there are actually three things you need to be focused on. But also, I’d say find a role model, someone in the world of natural bodybuilding that you admire and see how things are done, they started and how to become a world class athlete.

  7. This is my hobby! This is an expensive hobby but the benefits outweigh the cost.

  8. I think alot of people underestimate the importance of a good diet when it comes to Bodybuilding and Weight Training, and its a very important part of your overall muscular development.

    A good combination of Weight Training, Diet and Supplementation can really make a change in anyone’s life..

  9. It is all about the diet, people please follow a strict and well thought out diet and results will come. only with consistency tho. supplements are over-rated but i must say a protein shake comes in handy to hit the macros each day!

  10. I was skinny, but now i am big man. For beginners this might help ->

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  12. I like to exercise 4-5 times a week, and more than 4 weight training sessions per week of about 30-50 minutes

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