Tips for Gym Beginners
No one is a born bodybuilder, meaning you get better at it with time and reps. While bodybuilding might look easy, you will take some time to change your lifestyle and get the most out of your workouts.
If you’re new to the gym, you might find the weight room to be intimidating. We have put together this article so you can start out on the right foot and don’t have to take advice from gym bros.
Learn the Right Form
You won’t see optimal results if you don’t have the right form while working out. Before picking up the weights, learn the right way to perform the exercises. If you don’t have certified trainers to teach you the right form, you should take the help of the internet.
There are many credible videos on Youtube you can learn from. You can also start working out with someone who is on an advanced training level. By training with an advanced guy, you’ll have a steep learning curve.
Work on Your Mind-Muscle Connection
Lifting weights aren’t about going through the motions. You won’t get arms like Arnold by just curling some dumbbells. You have to put your mind into it. While performing bicep curls, Arnold thought of his biceps to be mountains.
With every rep, you should be thinking about making the peaks bigger. If establishing a mind-muscle connection is hard for you, start by looking at your working muscles in the mirror and squeeze and contract your muscles with every rep.
Bodybuilding isn’t about lifting heavy, it’s about making your muscles grow. The amount of weight you lift doesn’t matter. If your ego is tied up with the weights you can lift, powerlifting and weightlifting are better sports for you.
Get the Best of Both Worlds
Many gym beginners enter the gym and go straight to the machines. While working out with machines is easy, you can’t rely on them completely. Machines are isolation exercises and are great for bringing definition to your muscles.
If your goal is to build muscle mass, you should have compound movements like squats, deadlifts, bench press and barbell curls in your training program along with isolation exercises like the leg extensions, pulley rows, machine chest press, and cable bicep curls.
Change Your Lifestyle
Your fitness journey doesn’t start when you enter the gym and end when you leave. You might have to make small changes everywhere. Start by getting your diet right and drink at least four liters of water every day.
Sleep is a major part of transforming your physique. You need at least 6-8 hours of sleep every night. No matter how hard you workout in the gym, you won’t see the results until you are giving your body enough time to rest and recuperate.
You won’t see changes in your physique in a day – or week. Crafting your body will test you physiologically and psychologically. Some beginners make the mistake of doing too much in the gym in hope of making quick gains.
You need to put in the work every day and be patient to see the results. Increase the volume and intensity of your workouts gradually and don’t try to do too many things too fast. And remember, fitness is a journey, enjoy it without worrying too much about the destination.