On November 5, 2009, the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) issued a press release on its predictions of the top fitness trends of 2010 (based upon approximately 1,500 survey responses from health and fitness professionals worldwide). Although the trend toward experienced and educated fitness professionals ranked 1st on the survey, the ACSM wrote that, “[s]trength training surged to second in the rankings, an indicator of the increased focus on strength training for various populations. Though strength training was once viewed as a training method for male bodybuilders, more average exercisers and women are realizing its importance for healthy bones, muscles, and aging.”
The emerging popularity of bodybuilding has reached unprecedented levels, as strength training is being incorporated into many different types of fitness routines. But this popularity does not come without its dangers. Indeed, as millions take up bodybuilding for the first time, the risks of Sarms cycle for Bulking injuries increase-unless they observe 7 basic principles about bodybuilding for beginners.
Principle #1 – Consult Your Physician
It is advisable-even crucial-to consult your physician before starting any exercise program. Based upon a medical checkup and health history, the physician can tell whether or not the patient is sufficiently healthy to undertake a program of bodybuilding for beginners.
*Dr. Jon Lake, family practitioner with Allegiance Health, says that such medical consultation is particularly advisable if you:
– have led a previously sedentary lifestyle
– are 40 years of age or older
– are obese or significantly overweight
– have a medical history of heart disease, diabetes, or other chronic health conditions.
*Source: Be Healthy: News and Opinions in Medicine, Nutrition and Exercise
Principle #2 – Start out S-L-O-W-L-Y
Ancient physician Hippocrates, who lived 2,400 years ago (and who inspired the Hippocratic Oath that all physicians must recite), said, “[e]xercise should be mild at first, gradually increasing, gently warming and not taking too much from the available strength.” (Source: Weitz Sports Chiropractic and Rehabilitation).
Although Hippocrates’ advice is relevant to all those who engage in exercise, starting out slowly is particularly recommended for bodybuilding for beginners, as improper technique of such weight bearing exercises may result in serious injuries.