Bodybuilders often get a bad reputation as being ‘meat heads’ or of being all matter and no mind. However this actually is not entirely true, and certainly not true of the most successful of bodybuilders. You see in order to be a great bodybuilder you need to be able to understand the science behind your training and at least some of the fundamentals of biology so that you can effectively ‘hack’ your body and get it to change in the way you want.
Bodybuilding in other words is a highly complex and actually very scientific passtime and it takes a lot of work and effort to get it right. Understandably then, many of the very new bodybuilders take a while to perfect their art and will at first make several blunders and mistakes as they try to get into the best possible shape. Here we will look at some of the most common of those errors to help you avoid making them yourself.
Not Resting Enough
Rest is the ‘yang’ to training’s ‘ying’ and is completely essential if you want to get the most from your workouts. In fact, your resting time is the precise time during which your muscles grow, and if you don’t get the rest in then quite simply you won’t develop any muscle at all. When you train you effectively damage your muscles, and when you rest they get repaired in such a way that they come back bigger and stronger. Thus without the necessary rest you don’t get bigger arms and pecs, you instead just live with damaged muscle groups.
Not Looking After Your Body
At the same time though when your immune system is focussing on repairing this damage to your muscle fiber, that then means that it doesn’t have the same resources left to fight disease or to help you recover from a lack of sleep. This then means that if you are working out too much without making up for it with the right diet and rest, you are leaving yourself highly susceptible to illness and this in turn will prevent you from being able to train.
Sticking to an Exact Routine
When I’m in the gym I can look around at the other people in there and instantly tell which of them are going to be successful and which ones will never get anywhere. One great example of a sign that someone is going nowhere fast is when they stand and wait for a particular machine because it’s written down on a little pad of paper that they are carrying around with them.
If you do this, then you will be doing the exact same workout every time you hit the gym which will lead to your muscles effectively becoming ‘bored’ and stopping growing as they should be. At the same time if you do this then you will be spending half your time in the gym waiting around for the machines you need which will mean that you aren’t getting as intense a workout as you should be.
The other sign that people are wasting their time in the gym is that they go through ten reps then get up without so much as breaking a sweat. The time you are really doing the good work in the gym is when you are pushing yourself past the point where you can comfortably do the rep. If you stop before this point then you are stopping before the microtears occur and that means you won’t grow in size.
This guest post is written by Adam Linscott who works for Vitacost. This company provides promotional offers like Vitacost coupon codes.
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