So you’ve decided to try bodybuilding. Great! Now before we go right on to the basic facts of bodybuilding, let me first tell you how bodybuilding came to America in the first place. Bodybuilding actually started in 11th century India and spread all over Europe, during the time of the Romans gladiators.

By the 1800s, bodybuilding had already gained enormous popularity in Europe. The sport did not make the American cross-over until the time of Bernard McFadden, the great American bodybuilding athlete and inventor of the “chest expander.” McFadden’s bodybuilding sideshow, in New York State’s Madison Square Garden, greatly helped to popularize the sport in America.

Okay, enough with history. Let’s go to the real issue here. There is actually no such thing as American bodybuilding, or European bodybuilding, for that matter. It is a worldwide sport.

There are quite a few things to consider, before undergoing bodybuilding training. But, first thing’s first. Set out your bodybuilding goals. Decide whether it is to build mass, tighten up your midsection, slim down, or strengthen up your biceps, or just to feel good. These are all possible with a good bodybuilding program.

The first thing to do, before you undertake any bodybuilding program, is to get a doctor’s clearance. This is especially important, if you are over the age of 40, or if you have had a previous injury, or physical impairment.

In setting your bodybuilding goals, be realistic and adapt a positive attitude. Do not aim for 250 lbs in one week, if you are currently lifting 115 lbs. Be reasonable. Assess your current condition and determine where you want to be in three months, one year, or five years’ time.

Give the bodybuilding program you have adapted, at least three months, before dumping it for something better. The reason for this, is simply that it takes about that time for your body to adjust to the modifications being imposed on it by your new bodybuilding training regimen.

Before getting into any sort of bodybuilding program, it is important to know how your exercise program works and why it’s going to be effective.

For body part training, in bodybuilding, specific muscle groups are trained at a time. Every muscle group, such as biceps, triceps, and quadriceps, should be trained to prevent muscle imbalance and injury.

For beginners in bodybuilding, compound exercises are recommended. What makes compound exercises good, is that this allows movement in two, or more joints, thus allowing more muscle input.

In bodybuilding, especially when dealing with weights, you might want to take it easy at first, to warn your muscles of what’s to come.

There are countless other factors to consider, when starting out in bodybuilding, but the ones stated above, should get you far enough, to advance to more serious bodybuilding training. 

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Clinton Robson is a South African fitness fanatic and is a qualified Personal Trainer. He has completed a contract to run the gyms on cruise ships. He has done a special higher level course and qualified as an Exercise Specialist, or Conditioning Coach. He works in 2 local gyms, assisting the staff with clients and training plans. He has been working out regularly, since 1996. Visit his blog at