5 Essential Tips For An Aspiring Young Bodybuilder

Everyone wishes they had the voice of reason before stating something important, and nothing is more potent of truth than these 5 essential tips for an aspiring young bodybuilder.

Saving time and energy and doing the right thing is all that anyone ever really wants, and even though making mistakes is part of success in life, making huge mistakes and losing a lot of gains along the way is unacceptable, especially in the day of the internet where information is available at the click of a button.

5 Essential Tips For An Aspiring Young Bodybuilder

However, with information comes information overload. Having an open resource can be a minefield for newbies because you don’t know who to trust.

Luckily, we’ve got you covered and can guide you in the early stages of bodybuilding.

Should you lift heavy all the time, or should you increase reps as quickly as possible? How many days off should you take and when should you push yourself to the limit?

Find out through our 5 best tips for any budding bodybuilder.

1. Start With Easy Exercises

We know what it’s like to look in a bodybuilding magazine or online on a fitness website and see beefed-up guys lifting big weights on the bench press or in the squat cage.

But this isn’t something you should look to do at the beginning stages of your lifting career.

Before even graduating to barbells or dumbbells it’s time to test your resolve and learn the ropes of basic body weight exercises.

Sure, body weight exercises don’t look as sexy or as exciting as the big lifts, but they are a fundamental process of the lifter’s journey that will set you up for success later on down the line.

We recommend that you start with the core exercises that are fundamental in any great bodybuilding split. We would want to see the following exercises in your training program:

  • Push-ups
  • Pull-ups
  • Bodyweight squats
  • Glute bridges
  • Inverted rows
  • Sit-ups

Some of these exercises you will be able to do without any equipment in any location, and some will require some equipment or even a gym membership.

The good news is that this means you can still get accustomed to a gym environment, even though you are just starting out.

Most people are familiar with push-ups and squats; having to do endless repetitions in gym class back in high school.

However, not many gym beginners do pull-ups or exercises like glute bridges which are fundamental movement patterns to any training program.

Get good at these and make sure your form is perfect before moving on to resistance machines and free weights.

2. Less Is More

This is an important philosophy that spans many areas of fitness and is something that can save you a lot of stress in the early stages of training.

We know what it’s like to set foot in a gym, not knowing anything, and being up-sold your gym’s protein shake, creatine, and mass gainer supplement stack before you’ve even lifted a dumbbell.

Taking one step at a time will serve you better than trying to incorporate everything at once.

This means that if you’re just starting, focus on the fundamentals before getting geeky with aspects that are only going to account for 5% of your muscle-building success.

The first thing that is important before anything is your ability to stay consistent and adhere to your goals.

Without this fundamental element, everything else is going to be useless.

We’ve written an entire point dedicated to this so we won’t go into more detail, so stick around until the end to learn about this vital element.

After this ensure you are sticking with what is going to net you the best results, e.g. progressive overload (lifting a little more each time you train, whether that’s more reps, sets, or weight), hitting a small calorie surplus so you can build muscle, managing your sleep, maintaining a healthy balance with your stress levels and staying well hydrated.

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Notice that we didn’t mention carb backloading, creatine cycling, or the post-workout anabolic window. These are things that can be optimized once you have nailed the basics.

If you’re hammering 20 beers on the weekend, sleeping past your bedtime, and only training once per week, no amount of BCAAs is going to fix your broken lifestyle.

3. Perform Strict Reps

This is a spiritual follow-on from point one, and you need to ensure that the reps you complete are good enough to pass a military fitness test.

And the reason we put so much emphasis on banging home at this point is for one key reason; the avoidance of injury.

We know how demoralizing getting injured is, and how much worse it feels to know that this could have been prevented.

Even though carrying an injury is one of the most infuriating things, the physical pain is only second to the more frustrating feeling that you are going to be unable to train how you want for an extended period.

Heading to snap city because you lifted too much on the deadlift and now have to avoid all exercises that involve your posterior (which is most all leg exercises and even some upper body exercises such as the overhead press or bench press) means you won’t be able to make the progress you were expecting.

But how do you know the best way to carry out an exercise if you’ve never trained before?

The best bet is to record yourself carrying out your exercises and asking either a member of staff at your local gym or a close friend that knows what they are talking about, to review your form and to make suggestions on technique.

Saving this, there are many resources online that will be able to guide you on exercise form.

4. Progressive Overload

We mentioned this earlier, but have to give this principle its own section as this is one of the most important training philosophies to follow.

This is the reason so many beginner bodybuilders never make it past the newbie stage of lifting.

The principle of progressive overload is to make small improvements over time, as your body adapts to the training stimulus that is presented to it.

The best way to explain this is to tell the story of Milo from Croton who owned a Calf. From a young age, Milo put the calf on his back and lifted her over his head every day for four years.

As the Calf grew, so did Milo, and he was able to continue to carry the fully grown cow over his head, even at the animal’s impressive size and weight.

This adaptation is what helps us to understand how our body develops with a training stimulus over time.

So how do you incorporate this principle of progressive overload for a newbie trainee? Simple: you get better over time.

If you lift more, complete more sets or repetitions, or even take less time to rest between sets, that’s progressive overload.

For example, if you can bench 75 lbs for 5 reps for 3 sets, and the following week you manage to bench 75 lbs for 8 reps over 3 sets, then congratulations, you’ve progressed your training.

Just make sure to go slowly and see any improvement as a win on your lifting journey.

5. Think About The Journey And Not The Destination

You know we mentioned that you should stick around until the end for one of the most vital elements for aspiring bodybuilders?

Well, I’m glad you made it this far as knowing this point will change your entire mindset to lifting.

It’s knowing that being on the journey is far more important than any end goal and that adopting this healthy way of living into your life is going to ensure you live a meaningful and purposeful life.

We know what it’s like to set goals and want to achieve them yesterday.

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Hitting an 18-inch bicep or wanting to bench 240 lbs are admirable feats, but you have to think about the fact that you are going to be doing this for the rest of your life, and not just for 12 months to get six-pack abs.

Therefore, knowing how to stay consistent and adhere to your routine can be the difference between a success story and a flop.

Always think about the bigger picture and whether you feel you are making the ideal choice.

You don’t need to go to the gym every single day, and taking rest days and deload weeks are vital to the long-term vision.

Having the patience to maintain this lifestyle is a modern superpower, and will set you apart from 95% of other trainees that don’t see the forest for the trees.

Final Thoughts

Don’t forget these five critical steps to mastering the early stages of bodybuilding, and always remember the importance of keeping things as simple as possible.

As long as you are enjoying the journey, you’re going to succeed with your fitness goals.

Whether you see bodybuilding as a hobby or want to get your pro-card so you can step on stage, you don’t have to define your life as a bodybuilder, and you should see yourself as a person that does bodybuilding.

Don’t forget that there’s more to life than living in a gym and finding balance is the secret to a fulfilling life.

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