Maybe you’ve been training for a while with no real goals or maybe you’ve never even set foot in the gym, but being here means you are wanting to look seriously at how you start building muscle.
Ease into it
The worst thing you can do is rush into this. Lifting things up and down can be bloody dangerous in the wrong hands and go too hard too soon and you’ll do yourself some damage, while this isn’t going to be pain-free we don’t want you popping ibuprofen and paracetamol straightaway.
Join the gym
When you’re serious the first thing you should try and do is get down a gym. Not only will this hopefully provide you with the right equipment but you should get an intro from a trainer.
If you’re feeling flush get yourself a personal trainer and they can help put together a fitness plan and diet for you if you’re serious about building muscle.
Start Building Muscle – Start with the basics
There’s a lot of equipment and undoubtedly people doing a lot of different exercises. For a beginner in the gym i would suggest sticking to the basics while you build your technique and form. Using the barbells and dumbbells with some of the basic compound movements is a great way to start.
Follow the link below for an example of the basics.
Get your diet right to start building muscle
Diet is as key as the gym work itself, you need to look at getting the right key parts of nutrition together. While this does mean protein it also means the dreaded fruit and vegetables. Your body is only going to achieve what is possible with the fuel that you give it. You need to balance your carbohydrates, protein and fats to help you start building muscle.
Plan Your Time
Building muscle is a sustained effort, you may well head down to that gym and run through a workout with a personal trainer but when you get home and sleep it off you need to go back. You need to decide if you can commit for next 3-6 months etc if you have a short term target you want to achieve or if this is a lifestyle change.
Find a time in your schedule that will work for you. Personally my normal time is 9-10pm in the gym plus other activities through the weeks.