These bodybuilding tips for beginners are intended for newbies that are about to embark on this quest to build muscle. Every bodybuilder has made mistakes but eventually overcame them to add muscle to their frame. Trainees will continue to make mistakes in their training but these tips will help minimize them.

There Are No Shortcuts
Aside from taking drugs, there are no short cuts in bodybuilding. For the person with average genetics, it takes years to build quality muscle. Don’t expect to gain 30 lbs of lean mass in a year unless you’re in the midst of a growth spurt. The key to gaining muscle is hard work, consistency, proper nutrition, and intelligent supplementation. If you plan to build a physique that turn heads, plan to be in this for the long haul.

There Are No Magic Pills
This is one of the most important bodybuilding tips for beginners, especially teenagers. The purpose of supplements is to SUPPLEMENT good nutrition and training. Each year supplement companies produce the next greatest supplement promising to add X amount of muscle in Y weeks. Each year, these wonder supplements are replaced by the next greatest thing. There are great supplements on the market but they will not perform miracles. If a fat burner promises to shed fat without changing your eating habits, leave it on the shelf!

You Must Be In a Caloric Surplus to Gain Muscle

One of the biggest mistakes I see beginners make is trying to stay super lean while gaining muscle. There are blessed individuals that can gain muscle while maintaining a chiseled six pack but the majority of trainees don’t fall in that category. To gain muscle, you must consume more calories than your body uses. If you do this correctly, the excess calories will be used to build muscle. Unfortunately, some of this new muscle will be accompanied by fat gain. This is NOT an endorsement to get fat (over 15% bf) but don’t expect to be super lean while in a gaining phase.

Genetics Play a Huge Role

Don’t you hate that guy that can eat McDonalds and pizza everyday and not gain a pound? Or that guy that barely touches a weight and seems to gain muscle quickly? That is genetics. Thanks Mom and Dad! Every individual has to play the hand he was dealt. If you have a high metabolism and can’t seem to gain muscle no matter what you do, you better start eating A LOT, everyday. If you seem to gain weight by just looking at a cheeseburger, you better cut back on the carbs, buddy! Your calves won’t grow? You need to train them almost every day.

You Need to Get Stronger

This is one of the bodybuilding tips for beginners that most trainees don’t understand. Bodybuilding is about looking good and building larger muscles. With this in mind, most newbies go to the gym and hit set after set with little regard for strength. Your muscles need a reason to get bigger. If you are constantly exposing your muscles to the same stimulus (weight), it has no reason to get bigger. If you are constantly trying to add weight to the bar, your muscles will need to grow in order to handle the extra weight. You don’t need to train like a powerlifter but your goal should be to handle more weight in a rep range conducive to building muscle.

These are a few bodybuilding tips for beginners. Many beginners keep making these same mistakes. Mistakes aren’t entirely bad because it is part of learning how your body responds to different things. Hopefully these tips will minimize the mistakes you make.

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