If you would love to have a toned body and have finally decided to do something about it, you have come to the right place. In this article, we offer the novice body-builder some good advice, in the hope of making the journey a little nicer.
- Work Out from Home – Due to the current pandemic that has closed most gyms and fitness centres, you are advised to start with a dumbbell and bar, with suitable weights, of course. Check out the amazing body building shop at Decathlon, a leading Thai supplier of fitness equipment, clothing and accessories, where you can obtain a starter set of weights and a bench. The money you will save on gym membership will be enough to cover the cost of the equipment, plus there is no travelling when you have your weights in the spare room.
- Think Diet – In order to build muscle, one must take onboard enough vitamins and minerals and you are advised to consult a personal trainer, informing them that you wish to build muscle mass. The trainer would help you create a diet that gives you everything you need to achieve your goals and if you would like the trainer to oversee your program, this can be done remotely, using an app like Zoom. Click here for ideas on how to live a healthier life, which is an informative read.
- Embrace the Pain – The old saying, ‘no pain-no gain’ certainly applies to body-building and the best attitude is to embrace the pain when you are doing those last few reps, the ones that really burn, suck it in and push yourself even harder. Those who fear the aches and pains usually fall by the wayside quite quickly and we all have our own way of dealing with the mind games that occur when working out hard.
- Do Some Research – There are tons of free resources on the Internet and you should learn what you can about the human body and how muscle is developed. You should also read about some of the top people in the sport, such as Arnold Schwarzenegger and Dorian Yates, a UK-born top body-builder with an amazing story.
- Warming Up & Down – You can’t simply grab the weights and start pumping iron, as this would surely lead to an injury. The muscles need stretching in order to be ready for heavy activity, and equally, after a work out, the muscles should be slowly wound down to inactivity.
- The Day Off – It is vital that your body has the time to go through the process of building muscle and a typical schedule would be 3 days on, 1 off, which is ideal. There are several trains of thought concerning rest periods when body-building and a Google search will help you discover these, then you can make an informed decision about your program.
If you have the desire and the self-discipline to achieve your goals in building up your body, there’s no reason why you won’t be successful. Be prepared for the pain that goes with the gain and be positive and you will enjoy the journey.