One of the biggest problems a newbie bodybuilder faces is determining how much to train. When they start a bodybuilding system, after having by no means exercised with weights before, the body generally responds relatively fast. The new bodybuilder can see gains in muscle mass size and a firming of the body within the 1st few weeks and this encourages them to train harder.
This is where the problems commence. After the initial rush of muscle development, the body will begin to plateau for a while, and increasing the training will only lead to a case of over teaching. Over training happens when the muscle tissue haven’t had adequate time for recovery.
When the muscles are subject to weight training, the main process of development occurs during the recovery period when the muscle cells are rebuilt, to cope with the increased demands of the weight lifting. It is during this rebuilding process that the muscle tissue become bigger, and without adequate recovery the muscle tissue won’t have time to rebuild the cells.
This prospects to the muscle getting over worked and growth is stunted. Without the correct knowledge, the newbie bodybuilder thinks that they need to train actually harder to keep up the gains that they were seeing in the initial stages of their weight lifting program. Thus begins the downward spiral of increasingly more over teaching, and the resultant lack of muscle growth and fatigue.
With correct guidance, the bodybuilder will be able to see when they are getting into a state of over teaching and allow herself a little more time to recover. This might involve having a few days rest from exercise, or more rest days between training sessions. On the other hand, the over qualified bodybuilder might need to reduce the amount of weights lifted during a training session.
Reducing the intensity of the training will help to get rid of the probability of injury and additional health related problems as the body’s immune system is put under pressure.
People who are just beginning bodybuilding for the first time need to be made aware of this process before they start teaching so they can plan their weight lifting program in such a manner that they will continue to see gains in muscle mass size and fitness and reduce the probability of the plateau periods where they look like making little or no progress.