Body building is about more than turning yourself into the next Arnold Schwarzenegger (the 1980s Arnold, not the current, Governor of California Arnold). Common society views body building as little more than a way to grow grotesquely large muscles. The simple truth is that body building is all about strengthening your muscles and then building them up to give you a “prettier” physique. “Getting ripped” is only a tiny bit of the sport. It is far more about health than anything else. If you are interested in starting your own body building routine, keep reading to find some useful tips! Don’t forget that the key to body building is becoming healthy first and then getting pretty later.
Make sure you work each of your muscles at least once a week. When you are starting out, it is a good idea to plan your workouts in advance. You need to do this to ensure that your muscles are given the proper amount of attention. As you gain experience you can switch up your workout routines. Plenty body builders do advance planning with their workouts. This helps them to get the correct amount of exercise and allows them to keep the workout routines interesting. Some body builders find that too much of the same thing will kill their motivation and dedication to their workouts.
There are going to be some days when your body works better than others. Get prepared for this situation. It is because of this that you need to vary your workouts and include some days of easy training so that your muscles can heal and rest from the harder and more intense routines you might do. Don’t let yourself get stressed out if your body is not performing the way you want it to. Let your body rest (it needs it!) and then try again tomorrow. If you get too stressed you will take unnecessary risks and you could get injured (which will make everything worse)!
Every body builder will face days when their bodies work better than they do on other days. Be prepared for this. This is why it is good to keep some variety in your workout: so that you will be prepared to allow your body an “easy” day to relax and heal itself when it isn’t able to work as hard as it usually does. Don’t freak out if sometimes your body doesn’t perform as well as you like. Let it take a day or two to rest and heal and then try again. Allowing yourself to worry and stress over this is what will cause you accidental injuries which could make the situation worse than it is now.
You have to believe in yourself. You have to try to stay positive or getting discouraged is a real possibility. It is also important to note that your body will show more of a response if you stay positive. It is easier to build a body when that body is happy with what is happening. If you don’t like what you’re doing, you’ll have a harder time doing it.
Anybody can do body building. Focusing on your health is easier when you are getting into shape with body building. Some people have such a good time with body building that they have found ways to make a career out of it! You don’t have to be quite that dedicated to the sport but if you keep at it you might find out that you really like the way it makes your body look and feel. If you set reasonable body building goals and use your brain you should easily be able to improve the level of your health!