Top 5 Mistakes New Bodybuilders Make
When we start building muscle we are encouraged by our results but without realising it, we can be making mistakes, slowing down progress or even risk injury. Here are 5 common mistakes even regular gym users can make; 1. Direction. You need to have a programme, a plan, a goal, a set routine that will give you the best results. A proper structured program will give you better results than turning up to the gym and selectively choosing a muscle group to work. 2. Neglect. Only working chosen muscles like biceps, triceps, chest and abs is not enough for serious improvement and muscle gain. The secret is to work the core using compound movements that involves working across more than one joint. The basis of training requires deadlifts, pull-ups, squats and press ups. As with a house the foundations need to be laid. 3. Control. When using weights it matters how you use them. Mind to muscle focus will give a much better result. Really feeling the muscles that are being worked, really concentrate and you will feel the difference. Controlling the movement of each rep and deciding how many seconds for the lowering of each rep is just as important as the raising. 4. Diet. There is more to nutrition than a lot of people think when they first start bodybuilding, and the two have to go together. The more training that is done, the more nutrition comes in to play. Meal timing, calorie/macro management and food quality all play vital roles and will all affect results. 5. Pace and log book. There is no need to go rushing to the gym and trying to lift what other bodybuilders lift and doing too many sets for each muscle group. Start realistically and use weights that are appropriate. Use a log book or note pad, record your progress, and when you look back at what you've achieved it will inspire and motivate you to continue your journey.