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Getting The Most From Bodybuilding Routines
Weight training can help individuals achieve a variety of different results, but in general weight training can be broken down into 2 main categories, bodybuilding and body sculpting. Bodybuilding specifically aims to continually add muscle mass while those who use body sculpting routines are primarily interested in tightening muscle groups, improving basic strength, and reducing body fat. This article specifically addresses bodybuilding and how to use routines to achieve optimal results. Whether bodybuilding is done professionally or on strictly a hobby basis, there are a number of factors which affect results and can be controlled to yield a better bodybuilding experience.
Nutrition: Most fitness professionals agree that aside from weight training, nutrition and supplements are the biggest determinant of bodybuilding results. The bodybuilding community has seen many issues coming from the supplement side of the equation and in many cases specific supplements have been banned from gyms and competition, including many which are not specifically against any state or federal law. So, it is much easier to address the issue of nutrition.
In general, the most important nutritional rule bodybuilders can follow is eat small, balanced meals but eat often. A large number of small meals spaced evenly throughout the day provides high levels of energy without over stripping the body's natural rate of metabolism, allowing food to be used to produce energy and not end up being stored as fat. Keeping meals balanced is integral to consistent levels of energy throughout the day and during weight training. A balanced diet means that the 3 main macronutrients, carbohydrates, proteins, and fats, are represented in each meal and are eaten in proper proportions. One important note on nutrition, caloric intake needs to match level of exercise and each individual's natural metabolism for any bodybuilding routine to prove successful.
Choosing The Right Routine: To get the most out of a body building routine, it is important to first make sure you have chosen a routine that is right for your level of fitness, bodybuilding goals, level of interest, and schedule. There is really no right routine for every person to start out with and many have elements which will not work for most people. To be successful, a body building routine needs to fit into an individual's schedule and be something they can easily complete. It is also important for bodybuilders to not jump into a new routine without making sure it fits well with their current level of fitness. One last important factor people usually forget about bodybuilding routines when choosing is how they will affect the rest of their day. Routines need to match the rest of a person's day if there is any hope for them to stay on track in the long term.
Rest: Weight training may work muscles, cause exhaustion, and burn fat, but it is rest that is truly responsible for building muscles. Rest, or lack thereof, can turn out to be one the biggest determiners of bodybuilding success. It is the repair of micro tears in muscle tissue that results in growth and the majority of this repair occurs when growth hormone (GH) levels are at their highest, when the body is resting or asleep. Getting a good night's rest and refraining from overtraining helps prevent soreness and serious injury in addition to allowing the body a chance increase muscle mass. Matching appropriate levels of rest to bodybuilding routines helps to insure success and is an important step in achieving meaningful results.
Putting It All Together: It is important to keep in mind that successful bodybuilding is not achieved by any one single action. Weight routines are great, but alone pumping iron alone will not result in significant muscle mass production, nor will special diets or supplements. Keeping track of all aspects of fitness and overall health are an important part of creating significant increases in muscle mass. Successful bodybuilding can require balancing a number of different priorities, but when these concerns are fully met, results can prove to be better than anyone ever expected. Click here for an example of a bodybuilding routine that we recommend.