What it takes to be a Body Builder

Being a body builder is a desirable thing but it also means that you need to put in a lot of work. You need to trainer harder than the average gym goer. So you really need to be true to yourself and see if you are really up to the task.

What about you? What do you see when you look in the mirror? How badly do you personally want to change the way you look? Are you someone who has been “satisfied” with how you look but could make “improvements”? If so, is working out even necessary for you? Do you, personally, really need to bodybuild? Perhaps you have already given bodybuilding or exercise a shot. Maybe it didn’t work for you. Was what you did really effective? This is an important question because your physical health depends upon the answer!

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The next thing to do after deciding that there is no turning back is joining a gym. If you can afford to have a home gym then the better but you will need to invest in a lot of expensive equipment. You also need to stick to a schedule.

Step 1

Acquire a gym membership or invest in a set of free weights to use at home. Bodybuilding requires rigorous strength training sessions, and you will need access to a variety of dumbbells, barbells or weight machines in order to build your physique.

Step 2

Schedule strength training sessions three times per week, up to one hour per workout, and allow one to two days of rest between sessions. This allows your muscles adequate recovery time and minimizes the risk of overtraining, which can impede your progress as a bodybuilder.

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You are what you eat. Body building is all about reducing fat and converting that fat into muscle. This translates to you changing your eating habits. Eat more protein and a small amount of carbs.

Reduce your calorie consumption by 500 per day. To lose fat you need to consume fewer calories than you burn so your body has to tap into fat stores for energy. According to Lyle McDonald, author of “The Rapid Fat Loss Handbook,” dropping 500 calories should ensure that you lose fat while maintaining muscle mass. A very high calorie deficit can result in muscle loss and slow your metabolic rate, leading to fat loss plateaus.

Consume two grams of protein per kilogram of body-weight each day, advises sports nutritionist Dr. John Berardi. While this may be higher than the United States Department of Agriculture’s recommended intake of 46 to 56 grams per day, according to Berardi, athletes and bodybuilders need a higher protein intake, as it speeds up fat loss and maintains muscle. Get your protein from meat, fish and dairy products.

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