Keep your body hydrated: Drink water 15-25 minutes before starting your warm up exercises. This will mitigate your chances of getting muscle cramps.
Warm-up and stretching: Warm-up and dynamic stretching is the most important thing before starting any kind of exercise.
Go slow: Don’t over-exert yourself in order to lose flab early. Resist the temptation of lifting weight in the initial days. Go for a higher number of repetitions for the first few times and gradually practice with heavier weights.
Bench pressing: Don’t pick your feet up from the floor when you bench, no matter how others are doing it. Prefer lighter weight so that your feet are always steadily planted.
Cool down: After working out, do cool-down exercises. You need to calm your muscles by repeating some of the stretching exercises in correct order.
(With inputs from fitness expert Kiran Sawhney)