Thanks to a, at the time, little-known documentary/drama starring a relatively unknown bodybuilder named Arnold Schwarzenegger, which went by the name of Pumping Iron, since the 1970’s, the world has been falling in love with bodybuilding more and more, and it’s easy to understand why.
Bodybuilding not only teaches about health and fitness, it teaches about discipline, and the importance of setting goals and targets.
Bodybuilding is not just about lifting weights to look better, it’s about improving your body, eating right, doing the right movements and exercises that benefit your body as a whole, and above all else, it’s about doing something productive and enjoyable.
With role models such as WWE wrestlers, muscle bound actors and athletes, more and more teenagers are choosing to pick up the iron for the first time, and try their hand at lifting weights and improving their physique in the process.
Forget about those common myths surrounding teenage bodybuilding, such as the fact that it supposedly “stunts growth” or “causes aggressive behaviour” in reality, teenage bodybuilding is incredibly safe and beneficial, if practised under the right circumstances of course.
Here we’ll be taking a look at the ultimate teenage bodybuilding guide, by proving a list of helpful hints and tips designed to allow teenagers to get the absolute best out of their bodybuilding pastimes.
Leave your ego at the door
Let’s face it, as teenagers, we liked being the centre of attention and we liked to do our best to one up our bodies, by proving that perhaps we could lift more than them, could snag hotter chicks than them, could run faster than them, or could simply play sports better than them.
If you walk into the gym with this same mindset, however, you aren’t going to get anywhere quickly, and truthfully you’d be better off staying at home.
The gym is no place for ego, so leave it at the door before you enter.
Don’t walk in to try and show people how much you can lift, or how ripped and big you look, because not only will you look desperate and embarrassing, more importantly, you run the risk of seriously injuring yourself.
If you try lifting heavy weights without the right experience under your belt, you could potentially seriously hurt yourself, or possibly even lose your life, not to mention the fact that you’ll look foolish in front of other gym members.
Although it may be tempting to walk into the gym, grab the heaviest set of dumbbells you can find, and attempt to rep them to failure, you need to face reality, and the reality is that you need to start with small, light weights, and work from there.
Even if they feel light and easy, don’t let that put you off as you will need to perfect your form and technique before progressing.
Choose light weights, and rather than performing the standard 8 – 10 reps that most gym rats prefer, rep it to failure I.E 15 – 20 + reps instead.
At first it may feel easy, but by the time you reach failure, your muscles will be burning and you’ll have one heck of a muscle pump in the process.
You can also check the hypertrophy chest workout for better results.
Don’t buy into supplement hype
Whilst there are many highly beneficial bodybuilding supplements currently available for purchase, in terms of teenage bodybuilding, supplements are certainly not necessary at this point in time.
Of course, you’ll read ads in magazines that promise massive muscle gains if you use a certain supplement, but in reality, no supplement is ever going to be better than whole, natural, fresh, and healthy food on top of a smart training routine.
Don’t let the magazines and supplement companies fool you, because as beneficial as their supplements may be, somebody starting out in bodybuilding does not need to be spending hundreds on a bodybuilding stack.
Focus on wholesome foods
As we said, no supplement is ever going to be more beneficial than whole foods, because supplements are indeed intended to “supplement” a healthy diet and lifestyle.
For this reason, make sure you focus your attention on eating fresh, healthy, wholesome, balanced, and natural foods instead.
Get plenty of protein in the form of lean meat, fish, seafood, and organic eggs, along with complex carbs, healthy fats, and of course, plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables.
Wash them down with plenty of fresh water, and you’re well on your way.
Just remember, if you are intending on gaining muscle, you will need to be consuming a lot of protein and calories, so make sure you space your meals out over the day, aiming to eat every three hours to keep your metabolism stoked.
There are many, many different exercises and movements you can perform in the gym, using a wide range of different tools and pieces of equipment.
Despite this, however, as you’re just starting out, one of the best teenage bodybuilding tips you’ll ever need, is to remember to keep things simple and to stick to the basics.
Perform compound exercises using dumbbells and barbells, use machines as long as you know how to use them correctly, and above all else, don’t try to get too fancy or too clever.
If you’re trying to build up your chest, forget about fancy exercises and movements, and stick with the basics such as push ups and bench presses.
The same goes for other body parts and muscle groups as well.