The ultimate goal of every guy trying to get muscles is to get big and get big fast. You see often people want to get big but don't know what route to take or maybe they do know how but are not able to implement the routine properly. It might all look good on paper but when you actually go out there and do your workouts and get on the diet that's when everything seems difficult. This is where you need to know what's the perfect thing for you to do. Read on to discover some of the most essential facts you must be aware of when it comes to body building... .. Have a driving force- In order to really get big you need something which would drive you when you want to give up. Something which would make you do that extra rep. something which would make you go to the gym when you feel lazy and lethargic. Motivation is one of the biggest factors which always plays an important role to achieve anything in life, and the same applies to body building. Therefore learn to find something which would motivate and drive you to work more.
To have a healthy life, besides sleeping well and being happy, bodybuilding and nutrition are another two factors that contribute. Bodybuilding helps to reduce body fat, build muscles as well as sculpt and chisel the body muscles. Bodybuilding, like any kind of fitness exercise, should include cardiovascular exercises and a good nutritional diet to be truly effective. Bodybuilding and nutrition go hand in hand. A healthy nutrition will provide your body with the nutrients, minerals, vitamins as well as energy required for bodybuilding. However, to go that extra mile in bodybuilding, supplements are needed to do the job. Bodybuilding supplements are used essentially to increase the rate of muscle building and cut down on recovery time after a rigorous workout. But even up till this day, there are plenty of misconceptions about these supplements. In this article, I will clear up a few of the more common misconceptions about supplements. Misconception #1: Supplements are illegal Truth: It is true that for bodybuilding competitions, certain supplements are banned.
But how did this 5 foot 11 inch 160lb symbol come to be? And most importantly, how can I look like that! Well, my friend, there are two very healthy lifestyle changes you need to make if you want to look like Akilles or Tyler Durden - diet and exercise. I started off as a 5 foot 8 inch, 126lb weakling! Now, fair enough, I had a six pack that the majority of guys would be jealous of, but that was only because I had hardly any fat (or muscle) on me at all. What I needed to do was bump up my bodyweight, but not just eat chocolate or crisps all day to gain the pounds. I wanted to build my body to a strong buffed up weight lifting machine, but stay sculpted to keep my enviable six pack at the same time. There are programs out there you can get that can help you do it, and this is exactly what I did. I got the info I needed and learned some pretty interesting and surprising things, that not alot of people know, on the way. If you want to gain weight, like I did, the first thing you must note is that it is VERY unlikely that you will ever gain muscle and lose fat at the same time.
If your primary goal is to build muscle in the gym, then you need to lift weights, weights and more flamin' weights! And you can't just go in and do any kind of weight training you want either. You have to do certain exercises, a certain amount of sets and a certain amount of reps per exercise. I learned this the hard way. When I was sixteen (the legal age to lift weights in a gym in my country for insurance reasons) I joined a gym at 5 foot 8 inches and 8 1/2 stone! A twig to say the least! I went in for my first session and was taken through an induction by a fitness instructor. I told him I wanted to gain muscle and he took me to every weight machine in the place, showed me how to use it and told me to do four sets of 10-12 reps at each machine 3 times a week to buff up. So away I went, green and naive, three times a week for a year and a half to the gym. And guess how many pounds I gained? Zero! I thought to myself that something was wrong, and decided to take matters into my own hands.
As a body builder, you want to look big but lean. You can't gain muscle and lose fat at the same time (it just can't be done) so you have to do this 'bodybuilding' thing in two stages. The first stage for most skinny guys is the 'bulking' stage. (If you start off overweight, then the first stage for you will be losing bodyfat, but I'll get to that). The bulking stage is basically when you eat a high protein, carb and essential fatty acid diet, consuming more calories per day than you burn off. Combined with an efficient weight training program, this will result in gaining muscle and small amounts of bodyfat. When you've gained the desired amount of muscle for now, you'll want to lose those small amounts of bodyfat you've picked up on the way to reveal your abs. Now I've heard people saying many times that to lose your belly fat you should do crunches or sit ups, or to lose love handles you should do side to side bends. AAAHHHHH! What a load of BS! The only way you can lose weight is to eat less calories than you burn during the day, everyday - period.
One of the most popular concepts in bodybuilding is training to failure. Unfortunately, many people don't understand the exact definition. This can be a big problem, since the misapplication of this method can interfere with progress in the gym. To put it simply, training to failure means lifting weights until you cannot physically lift anymore. Is this a good thing? Well, it depends on how you apply the concept. Most trainers agree that lifting to failure within a set is good and perhaps even necessary to build muscle. For example, you may lift a dumbbell with your biceps several times until you cannot lift it anymore. You might then rest before performing another set or move on to another part of your body. This should be considered momentary failure. Many will get on the wrong path when they try to lift to absolute failure. For them, they must completely exhaust their entire body or they have not done their jobs in the gym. This, of course, is an illness waiting to happen. If you consistently push your body to the point of exhaustion, you're putting a heavy burden on all of your body systems.
Have you ever heard people in the gym talk about toning their muscles? Have you ever wondered what they meant by that? I sure have. So I started to do a little digging and tried to find out exactly what they were talking about. By asking around and getting different people's opinions, I started to get a clear picture of what people have in their minds when they use this term. You see everyone is obsessed today with having the perfect body. Well, maybe not everyone is obsessed with this, but certainly a great deal of people out there feel that this is important. If they didn't, you wouldn't have a need for so many advertisements and commercials geared towards beauty products, weight loss, etc. Now I'm not going to turn this article into a rebuke against materialism or anything like that. We'll leave that debate for another time. All I really wanted to do was find out what in the world people meant when they talked about toning their muscles. By understanding that people want to look great, I've come to better appreciate this term.
One of the most popular concepts in weightlifting and bodybuilding today is the rotation of your exercises. You are told to work on one set of muscles today, another set tomorrow, and so on. This has become a very popular method of lifting weights and seems to have worked for many people. So what's the problem with this? Well, I don't necessarily want to tell you to stop rotating exercises. Getting into the pros and cons of doing so would take too long, and this would be outside the scope of this article. What I did want to mention as a word of caution was the possibility of over training with this method. You see, if you train your arms on Monday, you would probably feel it is OK to train your legs on Tuesday. Then you might continue with your chest on Wednesday and so on. After all, if some of your muscles feel fine and ready to go, you might as well keep training right? You may not realize it, but there is a big problem with this line of thinking. You see, your muscles are not the only part of your body that are stressed during your weightlifting programs.
It is not easy to build lean muscle and lose fat. People very often try using either diet or exercise. But, they seldom do both. However, this is the most effective manner if they want to build lean muscle and lose fat. For those preferring to diet, many different diets are available on the market that promise to help you get rid of stomach fat. These diets are often known as fad diets. Some examples are Atkins and the South Beach diet. For those who exercise, many different exercise techniques available to you. These techniques, through vigorous workouts, promise to reduce body fat and build lean muscle. For people the world over, it is quite a challenge to lose weight. Due to the prevalence of television and computers, the obesity problem in America have greatly increased throughout the past decade. Cars have also been a significant factor in increasing the waist sizes as people are doing less walking to get to their destination. If it is easy to lose weight, then there would not be many fat people around.
American fast food restaurants have captured the hearts of many Americans today. They provide the ease of preparing your favorite orders such as hamburgers, salads, milk shakes, french fries, Apple pies and even famous breakfast means such as pancakes and sausage. Not only is fast food a luxury leisure, but it has it's side effects. Over time, consumption of fast food can cause heartburn, excessive weight gain, especially in the abdominal section, and promote gluttony. French fries are cooked down in heavy oil which is loaded with unhealthy cholesterol, which may become a threat to your heart if consumed regularly. How can people resist the great fast food titans without feeling too strict on themselves? Wendys, Taco Bell, McDonalds, Burger King, Applebees, Kentucky Fried Chicken "KFC" and Roy Rogers serves delicious food to all who desire to consume. At times, the food tastes exceptionally good in which one has to wonder at times if they put special drugs in the fast food orders to keep people's taste buds addicted to them.