Get Big – or Get Out
Whether you’ve been meaning to get down to the gym since your New Year’s Resolutions of 2005, or just fancy a lifestyle change, bulking up needn’t be as difficult and intimidating as some make it out to be.However, it can be a struggle to get started, especially when you’re getting bowled over by the vast amount of information available. We’ve put together our favourite ways of getting started, and the best tips to keep you going even when it gets tough.
Set TargetsDon’t try to overachieve when you first start working out! Not only is it demoralising when you finish a squat circuit, expecting to see miracles and finding none, but it can be dangerous and harmful to your health to jump in at the deep end. Start steady with realistic targets, and don’t expect to look like a professional after a couple of weeks.
Help with bulking out can come in many different shapes and sizes: from your personal trainer and friends at the gym, to magazines, blogs and websites, there are plenty of resources to help you plan your target growth, and implement your strategies.
Remember that nothing happens overnight: it’s a long journey, but once you start seeing the benefits, it will be worth it!Eat WellThe most important part of bulking out is the diet you follow. No matter how much exercise you do, it can all be in vain if you’re not eating correctly, or targeting the right nutritional needs. Do research into food groups and come up with a way of preparing and cooking food that will aid the exercise you’re doing.
The two hotly debated theories revolving around food and bulking out is clean versus dirty: do you eat everything and anything, and subsequently use the calories up that you’re gaining, or should you be following a diet that contains only what you need, and eating healthily?
While it’s a very personal choice, and dependent on your own beliefs and the information you research, if you’re after a healthy lifestyle as well as a muscled body, consider clean eating.Stay MotivatedOne of the hardest things to do is to keep going when it starts to get hard. Maybe you’ll hit a wall with your diet, start to crave sugary foods and carbs, or perhaps the gym will become somewhere you dread going – especially when you’ve had a tough day at work, don’t feel great, and just want to flop in front of the television.
When this wall drops, make sure you’re prepared for it. Think back to how enthusiastic you were at the beginning, why you got started on this path, and how much better you’ll feel when you hit your goals. If you’re beginning to feel overwhelmed, lower your sights, slow down, and reassess. You might just need to take a few steps backwards, in order to realise where you want to go.Be a Gym Bunny
Consider the gym your new best friend: it’s where you’re going to be spending the majority of your time, and where you’ll be able to meet like-minded people with similar goals and beliefs as you. Choose a gym that you can get to easily, and one that has the best equipment, and enough of it to cope with high numbers of users.
It’s also a good idea to look out for gyms that offer different classes and a personal trainer option. While you don’t necessarily need either, they are good for keeping you on track, offering help and advice, as well as providing you with new exercises to work on in your spare time.
Getting big and getting healthy aren’t out of your reach if you have the determination, the focus and the drive to get you there.