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Six Helpful Tips When Working Out

Mar 15, 2008
If you're looking to gain more muscle mass from the time you spend working out in the gym, this article has six simple, powerful tips that will help you get more results.

1. Before beginning any serious weight lifting or body building regimen, consult your physician. You may not be aware of an underlying condition that may be aggravated from working out in the gym.

Weight training is strenous, so you want to make sure you're healthy enough to start a workout program. Always check with your doctor first.

2. Set your goals. Define what you expect to achieve with your new workout program, within a realistic time frame. If you create goals that are unattainable, you're setting yourself up for failure. You can become bored, disappointed and disillusioned to the point where you may give up.

This is a very sad outcome to what might have been the best decision of your life. Don't sell yourself short.

Know what you want, but also make sure it's attainable.

Chances are, if your genetics aren't perfect, you won't be the next Mr. Olympia. And that's fine, I'm sure there's plenty of other goals you want to achieve.

Set your long term goals, of course, but also set short term goals that are achievable. And, don't forget to reward yourself when you do achieve them.

3. Consider the costs. If you don't already have a budget, create one. Then, determine what amount of discretionary funds you have available for your bodybuilding program.

This will determine whether you can afford to have a home gym or if your needs would better be served by joining a club. Joining a club is still a good short term introduction before spending hundreds or thousands of dollars on equipment that might not be appropriate for your needs.

Don't forget some of the low cost alternatives to purchasing your bodybuilding equipment. If used equipment is still functional why spend the extra dollars just for a little glitz! Good, brand name used equipment is every bit as functional as something right off a showroom floor.

Consider combining a home gym along with a membership in a public facility. Purchase less expensive free weight equipment for use at home and join a gym to have access to the more expensive equipment. You can design your entire workout routines around a combination such as this.

4. Eat healthy! This can't be stressed enough. Your results from the gym are literally determined by how well you eat. Garbage in equals garbage out as a result.

The only true bodybuilding aids are good nutrition. Consult a licensed dietician. Watch your local community calendar for free seminars on diet and nutrition. Learn all you can about what nature freely provides that can help you to develop a healthy diet.

5. If you choose to use dietary supplements, make certain that you know what you are putting in your body. Follow the packaging guidelines we outlined above. Ask your physician for his/her recommendations based on the regimen you have selected.

No friend, coach or acquaintance can take the place of your physician. In fact, you may even investigate finding a physician who specializes in sports wellness.

6. Be kind to yourself. Yes, it's important to push to achieve your goals, but it's very easy to tip the scales in the other direction and create a nightmare for yourself.

Obsessive, compulsive behaviors are not conducive to a healthy bodybuilding lifestyle.

Just remember, it's not so much about the vanity of looking good in the mirror, it's more about feeling better about yourself and being healthier.

This is just a hobby, it shouldn't consume your life. Once that happens, little else will matter to you and things can go to extremes real quick.

There you have 6 proven steps to take when working out and trying to gain muscle mass in the gym.
About the Author
Personal trainer and natural bodybuilder Shawn Lebrun shows you the best way to set up your weight training, cardio, and nutrition in order to build muscle, lose fat, and get in amazing shape. Shawn Lebrun Fitness Programs
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