Building muscle helps in many aspects. You will become fitter, healthier and stronger. There are many programs available and it can be difficult to find the perfect one. It is possible to build muscle without following a specific program; you can create your own. Here are some tips to make a strength training program perfect for your needs.
What Do You Want From the Program?
Before you start, you need to know your goals. Do you want to build muscle overall or are you focusing on a particular area of the body? This will determine the type of program that you follow and the exercises you do. For example, if you want to build arm muscle then following exercises for strengthening the legs will not help you reach your goals.
Training at Home or in the Gym?
Do you want to train at home or are you looking for something that is purely gym related? This will affect the type of exercises you do and the machinery you have available. It is possible to gain strength by doing bodyweight exercises. These involve no special equipment and everything can be done from the comfort of your own home, at work or anywhere that you choose to do your exercises. You may need to invest in a stability ball to advance your training but these are affordable and easy to find.
However, some people prefer to train at the gym and your goals may require weight training. This is something to consider when thinking about where you prefer to be. You may have friends that you enjoy training with, which could mean opting for a larger space like the gym. However, do not feel pressured into this; you can create your own home gym at a lower cost.
Focus on a Body Part Per Day
Never try to do exercises for every part of your body every day. Your muscles need rest and they will build while resting and not while working on them. It is worth focusing on a different body part each day and then you have a week rest for each body part. This gives your muscles the full week to build and then you can work on them. You will find that you can advance your program quicker and will reach your goals sooner.
For example, make Monday the day for your arms and shoulders and only do exercises for those body parts. On Tuesday, opt for the abs and then Wednesdays is the day for your legs. Thursday can be for chest exercises and Friday for the back muscles. You can change this to suit your schedule and arrange your own days off but this is just an idea.
Rest If You Are in Pain
“No pain, no gain’? is a popular saying for many. While this is true, you need to think about the type of pain you feel. Your muscles will be tired after a good training session and they may ache for a couple of days afterwards. You may even feel some pain while you push yourself. However, this pain should stop as soon as you finish an exercise. If it doesn’t then you need to stop training and seek medical attention. This will help avoid injury, which will cause your training to stop longer and cause problems for your goals.
Look after yourself while building muscle. The above tips will help you make the most out of your training and reach your goals. If you feel excessive pain, stop training and rest for a few days.