Bodybuilding For Beginners Introduction
If you've decided that you want to be a bodybuilder but don't know how to begin – this article will share the basics on getting started. In theory, a bodybuilder is anyone who dedicates himself (male or female) to building his dream body. Even though bodybuilding for beginners may look like a simple hobby at first; it's a lot more than that.
Bodybuilding Training And Dieting
A bodybuilder doesn't just lift weights – he stimulates his muscles in a way that maximizes hypertrophy. Bodybuilding training needs to be smart, raw, and intuitive; it doesn't matter how much weight you lift, it's how you lift it. Optimal muscular development can only be achieved by trial and error inside the gym; you need to learn what works for your body and what doesn't.
Training frequency will vary depending on your goals and muscle response. Most old-school bodybuilders believed in training one body part per week and I personally believe this to be the best approach; modern bodybuilders think otherwise. There is no set blueprint for the perfect training routine – you need to do as much research as possible and build your own.Dieting is no different than training in the sense that it needs to be perfected in order to maximize your potential. If your body isn't receiving the appropriate nutrients, it won't have the ability to properly grow and recover after a grueling training session. Even though most bodybuilding experts recommend a high-protein, high-carbohydrate, low-fat diet; you also need to figure out which foods give you the best results.
You can also try a pretty cool modern nutrition approach called “Flexible Dieting“. Compared to the traditional chicken & rice diet, it's a way better alternative that you will enjoy more. This diet consists of consuming a predetermined amount of macronutrients in a day. It's “very flexible” as it also allows you to eat foods that aren't so good for you in moderation.
Supplements and Steroids
Supplements and Anabolic Steroids are inevitably are part of bodybuilding. Sports supplements are an incredible tool for natural bodybuilders that don't get the credit they deserve. Technically, they are a natural performance enhancement solution that won't generate any harm or negative side effects to the human body.
With that being said, it's very important to learn how to use them. I say this because they can be a waste of time and money if you don't utilize them correctly. A lot of younger bodybuilders neglect their training & dieting only to spend their hard-earned money on supplements. These products only work if you make them work. If someone doesn't train hard or eat right, they can't expect to see crazy results with a given workout supplement.Anabolic steroids are a completely different story; steroids are illegal and they can generate very bad side effects. It's pretty sad to see thousands of people go this route because they are frustrated with their lack of results or because they want to transform themselves into monsters. These body transformations come at a very expensive price.
Anabolic steroids have been proven to cause hair loss, acne, low sex drive, infertility – organ failure and death. Taking steroids completely defeats the purpose of being a bodybuilder. As soon as the first needle pierces the skin, the human body begins to function like an artificial machine – and never goes back to being the same. Natural bodybuilding is truly the only way to go and anabolic steroids should be avoided at all costs.
Are Genetics Important?
There's no way around it, genetics are one of the most important players in competitive bodybuilding. Yes, you read that right – I said competitive bodybuilding. If you plan on eventually competing on a stage – the judging panel is going to compare you to a bunch of other people. Whoever has the best physique wins.
Even though the training and dieting aspects are truly the basics of bodybuilding; your muscular development will ultimately depend on your genetics. When I think about genetics, I narrow it down to how your body looks and how it responds to working out and eating.There are a ton of variables in genetics that make you unique. Your bone structure, muscle bellies, joints, waist size, etc. all make you unique. Some people respond better to free weight training, others to machines. Some find heavy training to work better for hypertrophy while others swing the opposite way.
There are a ton of people out there that say that genetics are the deciding factor in bodybuilding. I honestly don't think that it should matter because at the end of the day YOU want to build YOUR best physique possible. Competitive bodybuilding is a slightly different story in which the most hard-working and genetically superior individual will win.