As you may know by now, in bodybuilding just like with any other sport or discipline, there are a series of rules that need to be followed but that aren’t always written. Think of our unwritten bodybuilding series as the underground bodybuilder who is massive and trains at midnight that has a ton of knowledge but only shares it with the people at his gym. If you are a serious and dedicated athlete that has been training for a long time it’s highly likely that you probably already know all of these rules (or tips) very well but if you are a beginner and don’t know much about bodybuilding this will definitely help you gain knowledge that you will be able to apply inside and outside of the gym.
This subject is so complex that it can actually take a whole article to explain in detail but we are going to try to explain it in the easiest and most comprehensible way possible. Calories have always been under the spotlight, the uninformed part of society thinks that the key to weight loss and muscle building is in counting and restricting calories, this is not only false but it’s highly misunderstood.
The key to building muscle is not in counting calories, it’s in consuming the right amount of nutrients, in order for the human body to function it needs to receive a certain amount of macronutrients and micronutrients, the food that goes into your body should be measured by its nutrients and not by calories.
If you want to build muscle you need to have a surplus of nutrients, bodybuilders who weigh 280lbs at 5% bodyweight eat up to 8,000 calories a day so forget about calories and start looking into nutrients, there is a diet called If It Fits Your Macros (IIFYM) which might interest you, we did an article that can found at the end or by clicking here.
Machines aren’t always the answer
One of the biggest mistakes people who are new to the sport make is using machines as their only training resource in the gym, trust us when we say that in order to build a great physique machines aren’t always the answer. Every single bodybuilder who has made an impact in the sport such as Dorian Yates, Ronnie Coleman and Arnold Schwarzenegger trained with free weights and by performing every single compound movement known to man.
It’s true that successful bodybuilders use machines too but they were just the finishing touch. Machines were created by man for one simple reason which is to make tasks easier and faster, you can’t build a jaw dropping physique by just using machines, it simply won’t happen. Learn how to press, deadlift, squat and all of their variations, machines are not bad but they have their place and time, free weights and compound movements are crucial for building big and thick muscle, a machine will only add the finishing touches and details.
The main reason people quit bodybuilding is because they often become frustrated with the results they see or don’t see, every bodybuilding fan dreams of having a physique just like Arnold Schwarzenegger’s but not everyone is willing to put in the work to achieve it or as Ronnie Coleman says, “Everybody wants to be a bodybuilder but nobody wants to lift no heavy ass weight”. Bodybuilding like we have said before in previous articles is a marathon, it doesn’t matter if you are a teenager or over forty, the process of building a good physique will take time and hard work, it doesn’t just happen overnight.
Progression varies but no one built a Mr. Olympia level physique in just a few years, it can take up to more than a decade, focus on smaller goals but don’t forget about the big one, a lot of people start bodybuilding in order to lose weight or maybe to gain a little muscle for a certain sport, the reason doesn’t really matter just know that it will take time and if you are really made for the sport you will love the process, training and nutrition are important but time is crucial and it’s essential.