There could be many reasons why you may have chosen to take up bodybuilding apart from the obvious one, which is to pack on serious muscle mass – maybe you just want to tone up and lose weight, maybe you want to give yourself more ‘presence’ when playing another sport, such as football or hockey. Perhaps you are over 40 and want to begin a fitness regime that will keep you healthy and active. Whatever your reasons and whatever your fitness goals, bodybuilding will be able to help you. However, its not a case of signing up to the nearest gym and popping in when you feel like it to lift some weights at random. Taking this approach you are likely to end up demotivated, your efforts won’t be getting you anywhere and the likelihood is that you will have wasted quite a few dollars. At the very worst, you could end up injuring yourself.
The 12 tips below are designed to get you thinking about the basics and to build a firm foundation for your exercise plan. They will help you not only start your program effectively, but will also help you to stick at it. It is vital to note that if you are over 40 or suffer any short or long term injury or physical impairment, you must speak to your physician before undertaking an intense regime of exercise.