Saturday, February 6, 2016

Ten Mistakes That Can Hurt Your BODYBUILDING Progress

Bodybuilding involves hard work and commitment if you expect to see any real and lasting results. It's important that you use the correct combination of these two things. Here are some simple rules to follow to avoid common mistakes often made by overzealous bodybuilders that can hinder your progress.

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  • Training too long is not going to give you better results. You shouldn't be putting more than 60 to 75 minutes in at the gym. There is a fine line between an intense workout and overdoing it. Just because a 30 minute workout brings good results doesn't mean doubling it will give twice the results. It will result in sore and tired muscles, which can hinder your progress.
  • Not training hard enough can be just as ineffective as overtraining. In order for your muscles to develop, they need stimulation and stimulation comes from pushing them to the point where they can't do any more repetitions.
  • Watch your diet. The old myth about eating everything in sight to beef up your body really is just a myth. The key is to eat a well balanced nutritional diet at all times.
  • Get plenty of rest. If you expect your body to perform for you, it needs to be fully rested and ready to go to work. The right amount of sleep for a bodybuilder is at least 8 hours.
  • Stick to your basic exercises. It takes time for your body to build muscles and you can't "jump the gun" to bigger exercises without getting the basics out of the way.
  • Stay motivated. While it may be easy to become frustrated when you're not getting the results you want in the time you'd hoped, losing motivation will only slow you down more. Know what you want and be willing to work for it.
  • Set goals with timelines. It's so easy to allow ourselves to fall into a comfortable routine. Routines are great, but with bodybuilding, you need to have goals so you have something to work towards. Each time you advance to a new exercise, you should have a certain goal in mind.
  • Always be competitive. This doesn't mean that you should strive to be the best in the gym, but a good competition will keep you motivated while providing you with goals. Even if it's just yourself you're competing with, you need competition. If there is a competition coming up soon, work towards getting ready for that event.
  • Don't skip workouts. You need to be consistent with your exercise routines. Everyone will skip a workout here and there, but repeated missed workouts will hurt you mentally as well as physically.
  • Set big goals. Always go for the moon is my motto. Always strive to be better than you are so you don't get set in your ways.  

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