It’s far too easy to get carried away with creating a flawless exercise regime; one that will see you progressively pile on the muscle week by week, moulding you into a dream-like shape.
While there’s nothing wrong with precise workout planning, the only way you’ll get near your fitness goals is to look at diet—under a microscope. What we put in our mouth every day will determine whether we build muscle or lose fat.
Diet is that important. With that said, let’s look at some key tips to get you heading the right way.
At some point, you’ve probably had a lecture about not drinking enough water. It’s highly likely that—somewhere in the back of your mind—you already know that this free-flowing substance is crucial for everyday well-being.
After all, the earth’s surface is mainly made of it, and so are our bodies. Despite water being readily available to most of us, the majority do not drink nearly enough of it.
Even experienced athletes and bodybuilders often lack knowledge on the importance hydration plays in performance, muscle building and fat loss. So how can this clear liquid help us to pile on the muscle?
Now that you’ve entered the realm of bodybuilding, you can see first-hand how demanding a task it is.
Putting your body through a torrent of soreness every week is testing at best. And having to forever be on top of a disciplined diet can overwhelm the mind. You’ll want to make sure the hard work is worth it.
To test if your weightlifting and diet are moving you forward, instead of those goals slipping away, you’ll need to track progression—the best way is to measure up.
Not only will you find out if you’re growing; measuring lets you see which muscle groups are shining, and highlights areas that need a step-up.
Bodybuilders have evolved enormously since they first stood on stage, and this moving of goalposts has meant the criteria upon which they are judged has developed accordingly.
Gone are the days where these giants were assessed on athletic ability or their public speaking skills and character. Today’s contests are a pure physical trial, where each athlete is scrutinized on the overall excellence of their muscular development.
But how are these highly competitive events judged? And what qualities do bodybuilders need to impress with on stage?
The latter slice of the 20th century will live long in the memory for those who were around to witness it. We scratched our heads over the Rubik’s Cube, fanatically waved imaginary lightsabers and had our lives altered forever by the internet.
Meanwhile, another craze was erupting; bodybuilders were becoming larger than life, quite literally. Not only were they blowing up to sizes we couldn’t comprehend, but these outrageously proportioned athletes were becoming global icons.
This was the golden era of bodybuilding. But what happens when legends hang up their weightlifting gloves? Let’s take a glimpse into the lives of the most cherished iron men.
The need for man to lift heavy objects and develop the body has been around for a tremendous length of time—an age where stone weights were the only way forward.
So, when you next step inside that hi-tech gym with machines beeping, flashing and vibrating, spare a thought for the hard toil of ancient bodybuilding. This public festivity of muscle development can be traced back to late 19th century Greek and Egyptian cultures.
But how did an activity that was first used to prime the human body for everyday life, turn into the ultra-competitive sporting event of today?
Perhaps you’ve just taken up a new sport but a scrawny frame makes competing tough, or maybe you’ve seen a bodybuilding contest and picture yourself posing in front of a crowd.
It could also be that you look in the mirror each day not liking the reflection. There are many reasons a person may turn to bodybuilding; whatever the motive, it comes down to the same principle—you want to build muscle.
The world of iron lifting can be daunting if you’re just starting, but get the basics right and you’ll be well-armed.
If you’ve spent countless years putting yourself through hell at the gym, you might be wanting to take things further and earn a genuine reward for all the muscle-tearing sessions.
Sure, you probably look and feel fantastic from your devotion to lifting weights and eating well; but for some, this isn’t enough. You’ve seen others prosper in this world of heavyweights and now you want a taste of the action.
A career in bodybuilding is your wish; you want that IFBB Pro card. But how do you go about getting it?