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Six Helpful Tips When Working Out
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
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
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
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
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
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
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