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.
It is understandable that beginners especially would like nothing more than to spend many hours in the gym working up a good sweat expecting to see faster results. The fact is, over training is probably one of the first things you need to take care to avoid. Your immune system suffers and the tendency to injure oneself is greater in over training. Moreover, you will get burnt out quicker. Take a few days or even a week off periodically to give your body the rest it needs.
For those aiming to gain a significant amount of body mass to get that bodybuilder’s physique, many “How to Build Muscles” guide will discourage you from practicing cardiovascular workouts. You will need to gain more weight than lose them in burning, but do not take away aerobic exercises from your weight training routines. Cardiovascular training helps in your arteries’ elasticity and improves your cholesterol levels. Build your muscles and your heart’s health as well.
When you are in the gym, practice the necessary precautions for yourself and the other members training with you. Return the dumbbells you have used back to its racks and make sure that when you finish with a particular machine, the weight plates are properly kept and locked in place. Keep your head on especially as you pass by equipment with overhead bars, pulleys and cables. Wear the appropriate clothes and footwear and make plenty of space for the other trainers as they do their own exercises.
Always keep the correct position and form as you execute your drills. A lot of people make the mistake of rushing through the last few reps just so they can complete the given set but doing so may potentially put your body in an injury with serious consequences. Study and know the right way of performing the assigned exercises, starting with the lesser weight and gradually increasing it. If a joint or tendon feels particularly over extended, do not force the movement. Stop and ask your instructor on the best way of doing the task.
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.
Pay attention to the seemingly insignificant details and watch yourself overtake your hardcore fitness colleague even in his best weight training routines. The secret – rest, eat and exercise well, it does not get any better that that.