The sport of bodybuilding takes time and dedication. Since it is not a team sport the end result lies completely on your shoulders. That’s why knowing the way your body works, and how to train it is very important.
Cardio is a very good way to shed off a few pounds. Most bodybuilder won’t do much cardio unless they are preparing for a show. I recommend not more than 30-40 minutes at a time, and no more than two sessions a day even when training for a show. Bodybuilding is about showing off your muscles, and too much cardio will take away muscle which is not good. You can do cardio everyday if you want, which I recommend when preparing for a show. If you decide to do two sessions a day, you should spread them out a few hours. Again if you do too much cardio at once, you run the risk of using your muscle as an energy source. Normally when I’m not getting ready for a show, I will only do as much as one and a half hours of cardio a week.
Warming up is very important when working with weights. A warm up can be jogging, jump roping, or really anything that will get the blood flowing. The reason why you should warm up your body, and muscle groups, is because your muscles are not as flexible when they are cold. This means that they are more prone to injury.
Warm up sets are a lot like warming up, which I mentioned earlier, but you’re only warming up the muscle that’s going to be used. For example, if you want to bench press, it would be wise to do a set or two with lighter weight in order to get the feel, and warm up your chest muscles. Sometimes I won’t use much of a lighter weight; I will grab the weight I think I’m going to use for my first real set, and do less reps so it’s not hard. The reason why I do this is so I can decide if that weight will be correct for my first set, and it still works as a warm up because I’m not going to failure.
The way the body works is amazing, that’s one reason why so many people are fascinated with fitness. The fact that a human can completely transform his or her body in weeks is unbelievable. I recommend that everyone go through a body transformation at least once in their life time.