The answer to both is to improve oneself. Perhaps
people's perception of a bodybuilder applies only
to those guys who compete in the national level
contests or are shown on the covers of the muscle
magazines. Bodybuilding isn't limited to them;
it includes the recreational gym rat who just
wants to look good in his Speedo's in the local
pool and not be mistaken for a pencil-necked geek.Besides
the obvious health benefits, bodybuilding is the
closest thing available to the Fountain of Youth.
There are also benefits that can't be measured:
self-confidence, self-discipline, and the esteem
of others, since we are often judged initially
on our looks. In short, the benefits, both tangible
and intangible, far outweigh what minor incontinences
there may be of going to the gym and getting hot,
sweaty, and sore.The world of bodybuilding can
be a complicated one, especially for a beginner.
What to eat? What type of exercise? Which routine?
How many reps? How many sets? Etc. There is also
conflicting information and various methods. First
and foremost let's not kid ourselves. Bodybuilding
is about re-sculpturing you body to any degree
that you desire and is going to take a lot of
determination and hard work nothing in life is
easy. The rest is common sense.
A few things to remember when you do take up
bodybuilding;First and foremost, safety must take
priority stay within your limits Having a six
pack DOES NOT require special equipment, only
the proper dietary knowledge. Know exact rep and
set ranges for maximum muscle growth. Longer training
sessions actually diminish results. The MOST EFFECTIVE
exercises for each muscle group -- common "shaping
movements" actually DETRACT FROM MUSCLE SIZE!
Performing exercises in a specific order is crucial
Improve NATURALLY (through training
and good diet) boost hormone levels naturally.
High reps do NOTHING to promote definition. Manipulate
sets accordingly for sustained growth. Varying
grips are necessary for complete muscular development.
Aerobics is an effective fat burner and helps
to counteract the anaerobic lifting side. Performing
a large number of exercises for a particular muscle
group is a complete time waster and actually restricts
The proper amount of meals per day to maximize
muscle growth AND fat loss is crucial. The calorie
manipulation approach can help to control body
fat levels. Volume based programs (large sets,
many exercises, etc) are a waste of time. Each
muscle group requires LESS exercise to produce
MORE muscle! Water in conjunction with food produces
fuller, larger muscles (70% of our body is water).Diet
is important, take in only substances which aid
in improvementRemember every exercise you do affects
more than one body part.