All ages and levels can benefit from a muscle building workout. Increasing our lean body mass is important to keep use stable and to prevent injuries.
There are many ways to create a muscle building workout, but all incorporate a balance of strength, endurance and flexibility.
When creating a muscle building workout, you need to experiment with many different forms of each exercise to determine which ones suit your fitness needs. Think about your goals when you are creating your program: would you like to tone up, lose weight or compete? Visit your doctor before you embark on any new fitness program.
It is also a good idea to consult with a fitness professional to help you set realistic goals and assist you with proper form and technique before you begin your muscle building workout.
Beginner weight training programs should involve minimal equipment with one exercise for each major body group. Always start with one set of each exercise and about 10-12 repetitions. You can progress to 2 sets after 4-6 weeks. Make sure that you rest a least a minute between sets. Start with lighter weights as you become more comfortable with the exercises.
If you are an intermediate to advanced exerciser, you can chose 2-3 exercise for each area of the body. Do 2-3 sets of each exercise and split your routine so you are not working every body part each time you exercise. No matter what your level, you can strength train 2-3 times a week, ensuring that you have at least 48 hours rest. To get the most benefit from this type of program, you will also want to engage in cardiovascular activity 3-4 times and week and eat a healthy diet that is low in fat and refined sugar.