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Bodybuilding Advice for Teens and Teenage Bodybuilders

Bodybuilding has become extremely popular among men and women, as well as teenagers who have started hitting the gym at an alarming rate. However, teenage bodybuilding poses a major health risk which is why teenagers need to be very careful if they decide to start bodybuilding. This is due to the fact that bodybuilding is an intense sport, which puts a lot of stress on the body. Teenagers do not have fully developed bodies like adults and if they over train themselves, they can seriously injure themselves, which can take a very long time to repair. Teenagers also keep on experiencing a phase of growth in their bodies a few years after they are out of their teen years, before they become full adults.

So if you are a teenager who wants to start bodybuilding, you must start slow and get help from a fitness trainer. Apart from this, make sure you follow the tips listed below for successful teenage bodybuilding.

Start Slow

Young people should start slow as they will have little or no history of weight training. The weights should also not be too heavy as that can be dangerous.

Focus on full body workout

You must start with exercises that focus on full body rather than on exercises which focus on one body part. This is because the body muscles work together and focusing on a single muscle group will prevent the growth and development of the other muscle group. It is also advised to focus on a full body workout to prevent overtraining and injuring a specific muscle group.

Do not use machines

As a beginner, you should start slow and avoid heavy machines and cables as they can cause more injury than provide benefit. Instead, focus on free weight exercises and start using machines when your body is ready for them. If you are not sure when to start using machines and cables, you should talk with your fitness trainer.

Change your eating habits

A healthy diet is very important when it comes to bodybuilding. Starting a healthy diet early in your life will make it a part of your lifestyle.

As a bodybuilder, you should focus more on eating clean carbohydrates, fresh fruits and vegetables, fewer fats and more proteins. Serious bodybuilders take protein supplements in the form of proteinpulver (protein powder), protein shakes or protein bars along with their workout sessions to build muscle mass. Taking a protein drink during your workout session also helps a lot.

Keep your workouts under 1 hour

Even your longest bodybuilding workout as a teenager should be less than an hour. In the beginning, your training sessions should last only 20 to 30 minutes, nothing more. You should also focus on short and intense workouts rather than longer and less intense workouts.

Focus on consistency and frequency

Once you start bodybuilding, you have to keep in mind that you have to go to the gym regularly. If you take a break from the gym, you will be back to where you started. Serious bodybuilders and trainers put in years of effort to get the body they aim for. However, as a teenager you can also not expect to work 7 days a week, as your body will need time to recover. Go to the gym 4 days a week, incorporating full body workouts in your routine, and focusing on single body parts once a week.

Do not neglect recovery

Resting between sets and taking a good night sleep are very important. Do not neglect your recovery as that can be extremely dangerous for you. Sleep and rest allows the body to repair any damaged cells and also to build muscle mass. A bulk portion of muscle growth also takes place when you sleep or rest. If you do not get enough sleep, your body will start showing you negative effects from all the workout sessions, such as a decrease in your energy levels and a decrease in your hormone levels.

By following these tips and getting help from a professional fitness trainer, you will be on your way to a great teenage physique, and you will be able to avoid serious injuries as well. Make sure you take enough protein and health supplements to help your body revive from the wear and tear and to also help it grow.


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