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Some Advice to Help the New Bodybuilder Make a Great Start

Author: Dennis Reynolds

3 Important Tips for Endeavoring Bodybuilders

The rewards for the efforts you put into bodybuilding are great. Your energy level improves, you get a body to be proud of and excellent health. Another perk of working out is the solitude you will experience. This allows you to clear your mind. Fellow bodybuilders will not disturb your concentration during your workout. In any case, before you begin, here is some advice to help you get off on the right foot.

Before you workout it's essential that you eat properly to ensure maximum muscle gains. First of all, running on a completely empty stomach while weight training will negatively impact your performance because you are likely to feel tired. The worst thing you can do is burn off all of your glycogen stores as your muscle will be used for fuel which isn't desirable at all! You will certainly find it hard to motivate yourself when working out if you've not eaten anything. Therefore you should eat around an hour before you actually begin your workout. Your first meal of the day should contain a sufficient amount of carbohydrates and also protein. You can also take a special supplement designed to boost your ability to perform when training. If you do decide to take one you should use it 30 minutes before working out. You will discover that a majority of successful bodybuilders recommend that you eat six to eight meals each day. You don't want to go into calorie deficit mode. Even when you are not at home or at the gym, you should carry protein shakes with you. Why? When you allow too much time to lapse between meals, your metabolism could get sluggish. You want to prevent this and make sure your metabolism is working with maximum efficiency at all times. Our bodies are really good at recognizing when we are in "starvation" mode and this can happen if you don't eat every two to three hours while training. What your body will do is lower your metabolism and consume as little fuel from the food you give it as possible. This is not what you want. If it's running more efficiently, the result is that your body can run on fewer calories and the excess will be converted into fat. Another recommendation from successful sports nutritionists and bodybuilders is to eat well-rounded meals. Don't just eat, for example, protein. Have your carbs, fat, and protein at each meal.

You should never train the same body part two days in a row. This is necessary because if you train the same muscle set for two successive days, the area in question doesn't get the necessary time to rest and mend the damage done during the work out. This repair time is what causes the muscles to grow, which is what you are trying to accomplish. In order to protect your muscles and allow them the time they need to recuperate from a training session today, do not plan to exercise the same body area tomorrow. Give your muscles the time they need to repair and grow. That's the whole purpose. You can train everyday if you prefer to do so, just do it wisely. A good routine would be to rotate between the muscles in your upper body one day and then concentrate on specific muscles in your lower body the next day. Just go back and forth between the different areas and you will benefit the most. If you don't want to train every day, but would prefer every other day, consider the increasingly popular full-body workouts. You rest for a day after each training session to allow your muscles the time they need to heal. You will find several excellent videos on YouTube to show you how to do these routines.
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