Arnold’s Advice to Beginning Bodybuilders

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Ah, to be a newbie bodybuilder in 2020. First off, I need to congratulate you on deciding to choose up the iron and alter your physique. It will change your life, too. Second, I need you to know that there’s by no means been a greater time to begin weight coaching, irrespective of how previous you’re.

There’s extra data than ever on how to prepare and eat and extra methods to grow to be impressed. When I began out within the 1960s, I had nothing however this journal and its footage of Reg Park to information me— and I suppose you possibly can say I turned out all proper. Imagine what you are able to do with all of immediately’s assets at your disposal. 

As you start your journey, I’ll provide the next “advices”— and in the event you’ve seen Pumping Iron, you already know that final phrase wasn’t a typo.

First, get an image in your thoughts of the way you need your physique to look. Visualization is enormously necessary in sculpting a physique, as a result of as soon as you already know the place you need to go, you want solely to start transferring in that path to get there.

If you need huge arms, concentrate on curls. An enormous chest? Bench presses and flyes. At this stage in your improvement, keep on with the fundamental workouts. You’ll get extra out of squats and chinups than you’ll from machines. Also, don’t overlook to heat up correctly and stretch. Don’t let your eagerness to carry heavy weights lead to damage. Keep your reps within the vary of eight to 12. 


On the diet entrance, don’t fall for weight loss plan fads—eat wholesome meals. You want about one gram of protein per pound of your physique weight day-after-day and carbs from rice, potatoes, and greens. Let your fat come from huge, juicy steaks (not less than that’s what I ate!).

I additionally suggest that you simply discover a coaching associate. When I used to be beginning out, I used to be motivated to progress that a lot quicker by having little competitions every exercise with associates. Partners hold you accountable, and so they make coaching enjoyable, and don’t be stunned in the event you meet among the greatest associates of your life within the gymnasium. 

Remember to keep hungry, and welcome to the brotherhood! 



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