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How to Build Muscle Safely and Develop a Fat Burning Body

Mar 29, 2008
Body building is a practice that involves working extensively with heavy weights. You need to be well trained and have some good knowledge about the discipline or you could hurt yourself. Learning a few safety precautions about the weight lifting equipment is definitely recommended.

Most gymnasiums have manuals and how-to-guides to help explain the specifications of their equipment to you. When you join a gym be sure to ask for them so you can look them over at your leisure and know how to operate the equipment safely. Most gymnasiums also have trainers or staff that are specifically there to show you how the equipment works and how to use it safely.

Yet another danger associated with the sport is straining or spraining your muscles. This happens when you begin to exercise without conducting a proper warm up session. Usually these sessions take less than fifteen minutes. You should take five minutes to run or jog gently in place to get your self-loosened up and your heart rate up. Ten minutes of stretching are also recommended to prepare you for working out on any of the muscle building equipment in the gym.

Muscle builders also practice a law called "Going From Low to High." That means starting with the lightest weights and then progressing to the heavier weights. Make sure you pace your progress and lift the weights in a slow and steady manner. Let your muscles get accustomed to the idea of lifting weights and prepare themselves to hoist progressively heavier irons.

You should also try to stay within what you know are your physical limits while exercising. This is how you don't end up overdoing it and straining yourself. If you feel like you have moved to a weight that is too heavy then go back a level and lift the next heaviest weight down.

Another safety measure that is used during bodybuilding is to train with a spotter. A spotter makes sure that you don't get into situations where a weight could fall on you. Having a spotter is absolutely crucial if you are using really heavy weights. Sometimes gym staff can operate as a spotter but many body builders actually operate in teams so they can spot each other.

As soon as you are trained you should also take care to work out in front of a mirror. The mirrors in body building gyms are there so you can watch yourself and make sure that you are not developing bad form. Using bad form can lead to injuries and also muscles being developed in inappropriate places.

Yet another safety measure has to do with carrying antibacterial gel and wiping the sweat off of equipment after you use it. This can prevent the spread of all kinds of diseases that are transmitted via body fluids. You should always wipe down equipment before you use it as well, and it is always best to use a towel to place on benches etc so you don't come into direct contact. Wearing proper gym footwear is also highly recommended to prevent the spread of funguses like "jock itch" and Athlete's Foot.
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