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Getting Started with Bodybuilding

Bodybuilding legend Ric Drasin offers up some words of wisdom to weightlifting beginners.

By Ric Drasin
Getting Started with Bodybuilding

Everything has a starting point in life, and lifting and bodybuilding are ground floor. There’s just no way you can start in the middle or at the top.  Lifting is a gradual thing. I’ve seen so many people come into the gym and try to lift heavy right off the start only to tear a muscle and then be set back a few months.

If you’re just beginning with bodybuilding then you have to have a basic plan. Take a look at your body and focus on what you really need to do to it.  One of the biggest mistakes made is trying to bulk up right away.  Bulking up was a term used in the 60’s by some of the older bodybuilders who wanted to put on size fast.

This is usually done by experienced bodybuilders, and not to be used by beginners. Of course you want to gain size and weight, but it has to be the right type of weight with quality muscle.  It may come slower, but will look better and last much longer.

In the 60’s most workouts were geared for 3 days a week. Upper body was done on one day and lower on the next. The gains came pretty good because there was enough rest time in-between the workouts and body parts. The sets and reps were 3 sets per exercise with 8 to 10 reps. This was very basic, but worked for most people, as it wasn’t over training.

One of the reasons 3 days a week was picked was because in the 60’s most gyms had certain days for men and certain days for women. Men’s days were Monday, Wednesday and Friday, Women’s of course the alternate days.  They didn’t train together, which meant you only had 3 days to train, unless you did it at home.

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