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Bodybuilding Basics Many People Forget

Feb 6, 2008
Every bodybuilder has his or her own reasons for taking up the sport. Some dream of being the next world champion, while others just want to get in shape. No matter why you get in to bodybuilding, you'll find that it's a fun and worthwhile sport that can pay off in serious results. Just remember to follow your bodybuilding basics.

Goal Setting

It's logical to make the first step of your program a set of clear goals. Have a reasonable and attainable goal in mind before you start working out. You'll need to ask yourself some basic questions, and answer them honestly:

* What are my reasons for getting fit?

* Why do I want to take up bodybuilding?

* Do I want to improve myself to please me, or to impress those around me?

Once you are able to find the answers to these questions, you'll be better able to set your goals. Be aware that you're more likely to meet or exceed your goals if you are taking up the sport because it's something that you really want to do, and not just something you're doing to find approval from others. Many bodybuilding programs are extremely successful, because the participants are involved as a means of self-improvement.

Keep Track of Your Progress

It's important to keep track of your progress along the way. Consider keeping a bodybuilding logbook to record your progress. Make note of the levels you've accomplished, and how much closer you are to meeting your goals. For example, you might make an entry that you've done ten reps today. In just a week, your logbook may show that you're doing 15 reps.

You'll get an adrenaline rush by reviewing the pages in your book and seeing how quickly you're progressing. Don't forget to make personal notes and comments about how your success makes you feel. These simple records are among the most important of all the bodybuilding basics, and will mean a big difference in the overall success of your program.

Make a Commitment

It's important to make an honest commitment to yourself. You must promise to work hard and, if necessary, change your habits to ensure success. Know that achieving a chiseled frame may take a long time and will surely entail a great deal of hard work. Losing fat and building muscle involves an overall reshaping of your body, and learning how to manage diets and supplements, takes time. The best bodybuilding regimes are ongoing programs, so don't make any promises that you're not prepared to keep.

Hard Work for Big Results

It took you a long time to create your relaxed, out-of-shape body and, it will take a long time correct the damage. Make sure that you're really up to the challenge. To get fit through bodybuilding, you'll need to make regular gym visits and endure strenuous exercise routines. As your muscles tear from time to time, you'll quickly learn that "no pain, no gain" is more than just a slogan. Don't be afraid and keep up the hard work. It will pay off.

Fuel Your Body

While your body is working extra hard it will need good fuel, and this is no time to take on a crash diet. Eat well, but be sure you're eating the right things. You'll need to eat at least three meals a day, but you may find that frequent, small meals are better. Increasing your protein intake will provide better muscle development and growth. Minimize the fats, salt, sugars and alcohol in your diet, and drink plenty of water to optimize your muscle volume.

Sleep is also essential for a healthy body, particularly when you are working so strenuously. Bodybuilding regimes push your muscles to the limit, and without proper rest between sessions all of that hard work will be in vain. Get the sleep that you -- and your body -- need.

The most important bodybuilding basics have nothing to do with exercises. Real success comes from setting realistic goals and working hard to achieve them. If a sculpted body is what you need to be happy, go for it. Strive for success and you'll surely attain it.
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Winifred Holstone provides material for several web magazines, on recreation travel and knitting guide topics.
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