As a beginner to bodybuilding there are few basics you need to know before you head off head first down the gym to start training to ensure that you maximize the effects of your work outs and minimize the risks of injury.
One of the biggest mistakes many people do when they are starting out in bodybuilding is to fail to do any research and so they don't see the results they want, so if you're reading this you're a step ahead of the game. A failure to see results causes serious frustration and many people stop training, so do your research first.
You need to learn the most effective and efficient methods to build muscle, burn fat and tone your body, plus learning how to live a healthy lifestyle is essential especially in terms of your nutrition.
One of the first things you need to do before you start any new training program or exercise regime is to get in touch with your doctor and get a full check up. If you are in your teens, a young adult or have had any health problems in the past this is especially important. Also your doctor should be able to give you advice about training programs, your diet and do general checks to ensure your body is in good order. Plus your doctor may be able to recommend good gyms to join.
As a beginner bodybuilder you should make a concerted effort too learn as much about your body and bodybuilding as possible, as it'll help you in your efforts to get that perfect body if you know what you're training and why you're doing it. A good way to get started is to do train your entire body first by working the largest muscle groups, and then focus on specific areas that you want to tone and define. So don't just go down the gym every day and do a few hundred sit ups and expect to get a six pack, it won't happen. Don't forget to warm up before and after you session and stretch thoroughly to encourage muscle growth, keep you flexible and avoid injury.
If you don't eat healthy you won't build the quantity o f muscle you could do otherwise and you'll never get the definition you want. Self discipline is essential. You also should speak to a nutritionist and learn the difference between good fats and carbs and bad fats and carbs; also you need to identify the optimum amount of protein you need in you diet.
When you are training make sure that you drink plenty of water to ward off dehydration. If you eat the correct foods and live a healthy lifestyle, such as not smoking, not drinking and ensuring you get enough sleep, you'll maximize all your training efforts significantly.
Finally speak to other gym goers and find a coach to teach you how to use the equipment properly and to design you a personalized training program to optimize you efforts. If there're professional bodybuilders at your gym, speak to them and ask them about how they did it. Follow your training program carefully to avoid overtraining and learn your body's limits so you don't injure yourself. If you eat a nd live healthy and stick to your training program you'll have the lean and toned body you desire in no time.