10 Bodybuilding Tips for the New Year
1. Bodybuilding requires commitment. It is a totally different lifestyle that
entails letting go of old habits and adopting new ones. You cannot go
into bodybuilding and be half-hearted about it. It is a test of strength,
self-discipline, and willpower. Start only when you are sure you can
commit time, effort and energy.
2. Your decision to start on muscle training must come from a sincere
desire for a healthier and a more developed body. Do not go into it just
because it’s your New Year’s resolution. People who decide to change
something in them when the calendar flips on January 1st are most
likely to stray from this discipline.
3. Make an assessment of your body. Decide what kind of attention goes
to which part of your body. Some people have flabbier arms while
others have most of the fat collected in their midsection. This way, it is
easy for you to create a program that addresses your problem areas.
4. Set your goals and create a plan accordingly. How much body fat do
you want to lose? How much muscle weight do you intend to gain?
Are you after gaining strength? Are you after developing speed and
endurance? What about power? Give yourself a deadline of when
these goals should be attained.
5. Manage your expectations. One month is a good start in losing weight
but it isn’t enough to get you ripped. Make a realistic visualization of
the progress you can achieve in a certain period. Do not set yourself
for disappointment. Most beginners get discouraged because of the
unrealistic goals they set for themselves.
6. Assess your lifestyle. How many hours a week do you intend to devote
to working out? How much energy do you still have after work/school?
Is it best to go before your daily duties or after? What habits must you
get rid of? Alcohol? The weekend buffet? Nightly parties?
7. Create a journal. Document your progress from day 1. Write down
your current weight. Measure your body fat using a fat caliper. Take
photos of your body, especially the problem areas. Compare
measurements as you go along your bodybuilding efforts. This shall
serve as your motivation in reaching your goals.
8. Hormonal profile plays a significant role in muscle mass gain.
Testosterone is responsible for developing muscles while estrogen is
responsible for the womanly curves. Hence, men grow muscle mass
faster than women. This should not be a problem to women since they
are more concerned with toning and shaping rather than gaining bulk.
9. The ability to gain differs from person to person so progress cannot be
tracked by comparing it with your training buddy, even if both of you
started at the same time. You can check your development only by
taking note of your present measurement and comparing it with your
10. Do not be discouraged if you do not see a change in your weight during
your strength training. While you lose weight by burning fats, you also
keep or even increase poundage as you build muscle. Evaluate your
progress by keeping track of your strength gains and measuring your
body fat against muscle weight.
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