I know you’ve heard it before and have said it once or twice with tears in your eyes, ‘No Pain, No Gain’. It is the courageous cry of those yet to see the peaks of Mt. Body Beautiful. It is true that you will experience pain, at times almost rendering you immovable from your bed; however, pay close attention that it is pain caused only by muscle soreness. In your zeal to put checks in your list on how to build muscles, be mindful of some factors listed below to help keep your body free from injury and unnecessary pain.
When one is starting out this exciting, adrenalin pumping journey to fitness-a common mistake is to hit the gym too often. Over training has caused many to get burnt out quickly. More than that, the immune system will suffer and the risk of injury to the joints and bones are greater. Go to the gym a few days but take most of the days of the week to concentrate on getting quality rest and just relax. It will surprise you how much better you will be because of it.
If you want to bulk up, then many topics on how to build muscles will encourage you to concentrate on gaining body mass and stay away from too many cardiovascular workouts that burn calories needed. While you do need to pack on serious pounds for this particular fitness goal, you should not completely eradicate cardio training. Practicing aerobic training helps in your cholesterol levels and your hearts’ arteries’ elasticity-a strong enough motivation if you think about it.
Take extra precautions in your stay in the gym. When you finish using a machine, ensure that the weight plates, pulleys and cables are locked or safely tucked away. Also bring the dumbbells you’ve used back to their appropriate racks. Watch your head when you pass by certain equipments, especially those with extended bars attached to them. Wear suitable attire and footwear; and give the other trainers space when they are performing their exercise programs.
Sometimes in training, we just rush through the last few counts just to get the set over and done with. Do not do this. It is more important that you execute the assigned drills in the correct form and position to maximize that particular muscle, and to avoid damaging muscles or joints in the long run. Start with the more manageable weights and progress your way from there. Stop exercising if you feel that you are over extending a joint and call the resident instructor to help you out.
Finally, eat right. If you have the right diet not only will your energy up to par for your workouts, your muscle development will benefit from it as well. Whether you are planning to trim down or bulk up, get your calories from protein and carbohydrate rich food. Meals should ideally have fish, chicken, whole wheat grains, etc. Drink plenty of fluids particularly in days that you workout.
Attend to the seemingly minor details like such and find renewed power in your weight training routines. Quality rest, food and exercise-living well should not be that hard to do.