I am going to try to give some of the ideas and stages I went through when I started my bodybuilding journey…
I didn’t wake up one day thinking that I wanted to try bodybuilding as such. I was over weight up to 6 years ago and I found it was causing me some annoyances in my personal life that I thought I would do something about it. I started to diet and walk more for the first few months to help me lose weight. Once I dropped over 3 stone, I got inspired by a friend (John) to lift weights. This was when I took my first of many steps on this journey.
I started by lifting at home with very basic knowledge on weight lifting and absolutely no idea food played most the part of the sport.
From my journey so far, here’s a few things that I would consider from the beginning to give me head start in the game.
If I could be perfectly honest, I don’t think you can just start bodybuilding. I genuinely believe that you must have some interest in it prior to wanting to start bodybuilding. Pictures, movies, sports, something must have triggered a spark and slowly led you to this door.
- I would most certainly look into a good nutritional diet for my body type and goals in mind.
- I would set out to have 6-7 smaller meals rather than 3 big meals.
- Study an anatomy chart and start to get an understanding of what each major muscle does. (Walk around the house and pull/push walls to see which muscle it activates and this can give a safe and easy understanding of how to work it in the gym.)
- Understand that your muscles repair and grow outside the gym when you are eating and resting.
- Understand the importance of muscle rest for quicker repair.
- To know that the importance of nutrition. Protein, carbs, fat and when to have them for optimum results.
- To understand the safe and best ways to train.
- Everyone’s body is different and something will work for you and not others etc.
- Don’t expect quick results.
- Get a training split together that ensures you don’t work the same muscle group before it’s fully recovered.
- Train legs too.
- To know the difference between a pump and a high intensity.
- Record myself and monitor from a different angle other than what I see in the mirror.
- Take pictures and measurements before I started. Regardless of how uncomfortable I felt.
- Drink lots of water.
- Make sure you are prepared to make it your lifestyle and not a hobby.
- Be prepared to ache for the rest of your bodybuilding life.
- Have a training partner that shares the same passion.
- Know that more can be less. (45 minutes of hard training is better than 3 hours of waiting around)
- Don’t train the muscle group that still ache. Let them fully recover for maximum gains.
- Surround yourself with like minded people that will support you when you need it. (and visa versa)
- Solid foods over supplements.
- Stay humble.
- Enjoy it!
There are many other things I would consider, but these are ones that spring to my mind. I never followed anything when I started and so I figured the majority of it out through trial and error. I still do use the trial and error method now, as I want to discover all possibilities of what I think will work for me. I now have a good idea of what will work and what won’t, what makes me feel uncomfortable and what suits me.
Should I start steroids when I start lifting?
In my opinion, NO! There are much more important factors to bodybuilding than steroids when starting off. First of all I would strongly advise anyone to get a good nutritional diet in place, discover how to control the weights and make sure you want to continue with the sport. There are no short cuts!
But I don’t want to get too big…
You wont! It’s a very long process even when you have everything nailed. (what is too big?)
(Female) I don’t want to look like a man!
You wont! You will look toned and fit. You will have the curves in the right places! Squatting is a girls best friend.
How can I get ripped fast?
Dedication, discipline, consistency, hard work, time, diet, passion. That’s my honest opinion. Building muscle whilst cutting body fat defies the rules of the human body. It can be done, it’s just very difficult.