Body building is one of the most popular pastimes for men and women everywhere who are looking to improve their physical appearance and wellbeing. Few things can change the way our bodies look as quickly as basic body building training. And this is indeed the main reason why men and women all over the world participate in body building. They want their body to look and feel better than it does now.
Unfortunately there are some inherent risks in body building that are often over looked or not even considered when someone begins a training program.
There are two major risks that need to be looked at when you are considering starting a body building program. Incorrect training and over training:
Overtraining could be looked at as a form of incorrect training, but many very experienced athletes and body builders, while understanding how to train correctly just simply do too much of it. So it is useful to consider it on its own.
And the remedy is simple. Rest. While regular training is essential to achieve results in body building, what you do between training sessions is equally important. Muscles actually grow during rest, not during exercise.
When you are doing any kind of weight training, the muscles of the body are actually being damaged due to the load we are placing on them during training. When we then rest, assuming that there are adequate nutrients available, the body re-builds and grows. While the stimulus for muscle growth certainly occurs during training, the muscle growth itself, occurs during rest.
There are often strong psychological factors at work with the overtraining body builder. By training regularly a habit is formed that is linked to increases in fitness and energy level as well as a positive change in how our body looks. We look healthy and we feel stronger.
We understandably want to do more training because we like how we feel and look. And we certainly do not want to stop and take a day off every couple of days.
But that is exactly what we need.
Constantly pushing ourself to our limit is not the way to go. The No Pain No Gain motto of many strength athletes, while true up to a point, is often the very reason why athletes injure themselves. Train hard, get enough rest, may be a more useful motto.
But training hard is not enough. We need to know how to train specifically so we can consistently achieve our goals in as safe a fashion as possible.
Incorrect technique is without a doubt the biggest risk a beginning body builder has to contend with. While most people if given a weight will have some idea of what to do with it, being able to lift safely while at the same time productively is not a skill that comes naturally to most people.
Incorrect technique becomes especially problematic as the weight we are lifting begins to increase. Minor flaws in technique become magnified dramatically as we begin to approach our strength limits, with injuries often occurring.
The easiest way to prevent this is to simply learn the correct technique when you begin your body building training. Today there is a wealth of information available to teach you how specifically you can train safely and productively, without necessarily needing to join a gym or hire a personal trainer.
Body building is a fantastic way to get fit and change your body shape. It is also very safe as long as you use common sense and learn how to do it correctly from the start.
Regular correct training interspersed with periods of rest when backed up with adequate nutritional support, will allow you to achieve your body building goals, safely and consistently for as long as you choose to continue training.
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