Enjoy Your Bodybuilding Experience!
It's your life, enjoy it! Bodybuilding is no exception. If you ever want to buy any supplements, or any equipment, you should. You should set goals for yourself, and if you reach those goals, buy the stuff you wanted.
Anyway, the best way to enjoy what you do is to vary the way you workout. When you work out, you do a certain number of exercises, right? For example, if you are working your biceps, you don't do every curl movement there is. You do a few of them, like barbell curls, incline dumbbell curls, and alternate dumbbell curls. What I am trying to tell you is workout using one program one week, and workout using another on the next week. For instance, I'll use the chest:
Warm-up doing 15 reps of ______
Flat Bench Barbell Presses _____
Incline Dumbbell Presses ______
Decline Barbell Presses ______
Incline Flyes _____
Warm-up doing 15 reps of_____
Flat Bench Dumbbell Presses ______
Incline Barbell Presses ______
Decline Dumbbell Presses _____
Flat Bench/Decline Flyes _____
Another way is to vary your workout splits (I think I can assume you don't workout your whole body everyday of the week). Say you workout split went like this:
- Mon- Legs
- Tues- Chest
- Wed- Shoulders
- Thur- Back
- Fri- Arms
- Sat- Abs
- Sun- Rest
Working Out Outside:
When you do a little working out outside, it helps keep you enthusiastic about things. This at least works for me. You don't have to have a weight bench outside to do this, either. All you have to do is change your workout a little bit. You can run for a few miles, do sprints, do pull-ups on the side of your house, do push-ups, bring out a few dumbbells, do some swimming, etc. there are plenty of ways to exercise outside without weights. The cardiovascular stuff is also a great way to work out and lose the weight you want. Plus you can catch a few rays while you are out anyway. And if you can't do this in the winter, then don't even try.
If you ever want to buy any supplements, or any equipment, you should. You should set goals for yourself, and if you reach those goals, buy the stuff you wanted. Say you want to get to 300 pounds. Bench pressing, keep going for that, and when you finally get there, buy yourself the stuff you want. You can order it right here from Bodybuilding.com.
Music sets the tempo for a great workout along with your training partner(s), which I will get to a little later. If you have one of those CD burners, burn all of your favorite songs onto them, and lift while listening to that. If you don't have one, ask a friend. It sure beats sitting in places with silence all around you. Most gyms also have music playing while you workout.
Your training partner or partners can be very helpful, or they can be no help at all. If your partner just spots you when you need him/her to, and acts like you don't know each other, lose 'em. You need a partner who is enthusiastic about working out. If you are going for that last rep, your partner should be encouraging you all the way till you finish. That brings me to my next point.
If you aren't psyched up to go work out, and you aren't really enthusiastic about it, you won't really have a good time, and you get bored really easily. You have to stay enthusiastic no matter what. Even if you have to pretend to be pumped, do it. You really want those gains, and those big muscles.
Visualize. You are a huge, 6-foot-2 monster, with 24-inch arms, a 30-inch waist, and everybody is just staring you at in the gym. They want to be just like you. Massive, defined, thin. In fact, a lot of bodybuilders get into bodybuilding because they were skinny twerps growing up, and they want to be big. Another portion of them really want attention, and they like it when people look at their bodies and say, "Wow, that guy's a tank!" You see, if you visualize, and find out why you are doing what you are doing, you can really do well in bodybuilding, and you will know your goals, and achieve them.
Have a Role Model Bodybuilder:
If you ask any bodybuilder, or read any of their books, they all have role models. Arnold Schwarzenegger's role model was Reg Park, Lee Priest's Role Model was Tom Platz, and so on. But if you are a skinny, tall, lanky kind of teenager, don't go after the physique of someone like Nasser El Sonbaty, who has a massive frame. Go after someone like Arnold, who was tall and skinny growing up. If you are short, go after Tom Platz, or Lee Priest. Have a role model that you can look like. Post pictures of them all over your wall and dream of being like them. This helps you enjoy what you get from bodybuilding.