Bodybuilding workouts are not just for men nowadays. Gone are the
days when women stayed away from bodybuilding. Nowadays, you will find
both men and women exercising hard in gyms to have strong and well
shaped bodies. Every second person wants to have a great physique now.
If you are also planning to have appealing washboard abs along with a
well toned body, here are a few useful bodybuilding workout tips:
Understand the difference between different workout routines.
a basic level, there are 2 kinds of bodybuilding workout routines. It
can be full body or split. First, full body workout routine is one that
works on your entire body. In a single session, such a routine will
directly target several large muscle groups in your body. This type of
routine may include shoulders and arms exercises in the beginning,
followed by stretches and whole body workouts. Split bodybuilding
workout is about targeting certain muscles at a time. On a given week
day, you will be doing just one kind of exercise. It is a good idea to
ask a fitness trainer to learn more about split workout routines.
Get a clear idea of your body's muscle fiber requirement.
is no point of feeling discouraged even if things don't work so well in
the beginning. A bodybuilding workout routine may take a little time to
deliver results. Your body will really start reacting when you stick to
a workout plan for at least 3 months. After about three months, your
body will start reacting to exercise. It is popularly known as muscle
fiber requirement. It is one of the most important bodybuilding workout
tips. The body will start pulling various muscle fibers together at one
place to create muscle curves when the above mentioned muscle fiber
requirement is met. Gaining mass after this stage is easy.
Stick to a routine.
everyone chooses to go to a gym. You can always carry on with a
bodybuilding workout routine from your home. After learning all
important bodybuilding workout tips,
you can continue the routine easily. However, getting enrolled into a
gym will always be helpful. Achieving a desired health goal will be
easier when you are surrounded by likeminded people at a gym. Also, gyms
have professional trainers who can guide you on a regular basis. On
some occasions, joining a gym can also discourage a person who has just
started with a bodybuilding routine. If you have a company, you will
have a good time at the gym every day.
Get proper rest.
you have been exercising hard in a gym, you also need maximum rest. A
bodybuilding routine will work best when you have a good diet and rest
combo. Never deprive yourself of enough rest. Many people make this
mistake. Not taking enough rest may just do the opposite.
take any breaks in the routine. If you start today, continue exercising
on a daily basis at the same time. Self discipline is very important.
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Has bodybuilding and weight lifting changed over the years? Take one look at performers from fifteen years ago, and the question becomes laughable. Athletes in sports from baseball to football - to even golf - are bigger, stronger, and faster than their mentors ever could have hoped to be. But one area specifically takes the cake, and that's in bodybuilding.
Today's competitors have muscles that are much bigger, more defined, and more symmetrical. Advancement in training techniques and what to eat - nutrition - have given today's strongmen a shape and physique that many thought not even possible a decade ago.
It's still difficult. It still takes patience, dedication, and determination. But now, with so many how-to books and courses (usually written and given by former builders and experts), it's not something that's out of reach for ANYbody, and it's much, much easier.
Heath, Coleman and Cutler
Just like in any field or any "new" sport, athletes and weight lifters of the past tended to rely more on trial-and-error methods. Luckily, they wrote these things down. Also, since bodybuilding is a relatively new sport as sports go, most of the real pioneers are alive and well today, able to impart their knowledge onto today's crew of learners.
Go into a gym and look at all the machines designed for a specific group of muscles, created to isolate them. It's staggering, and in no way did the fathers of the sport have access to such creations. Many of them relied on soreness and doctors to tell them what was going on when they did certain lifts. We live in a great time to be a serious weight lifter.
’03 NPC Northern Colorado – 1st
Men’s Novice & Open Overall Champ
’03 NPC Colorado State – 1st Men’s Light-Heavyweight
’04 NPC Colorado State – 1st Men’s Heavyweight & Overall Champ
’05 NPC Junior Nationals – 1st Men’s Heavyweight & Overall Champ
’05 NPC USA’s – 1st Men’s Heavyweight & Overall Champ * (Awarded Pro Card)
’06 IFBB Colorado Pro Show – 1st
’06 IFBB New York Pro – 1st
'07 IFBB Arnold Classic - 5th
'08 IFBB Ironman Pro - 1st
'08 IFBB Arnold Classic - Runner-up
'08 IFBB Mr. Olympia - 3rd
'09 IFBB Mr. Olympia - 5th
'10 IFBB Arnold Classic - 2nd
'10 IFBB Mr. Olympia - 2nd
'11 IFBB Mr. Olympia - 1st Place
Prior To Bodybuilding, I participated on the University of Denver (Div.1-A) Men’s Basketball team (1998-2002) as a point/shooting guard for the Pioneer’s. This experience there taught me many key lessons such as hard work ethic, self-discipline, respect for others, humility and accountability. I found that even though my collegiate career wasn’t as successful as my high school career, I could still achieve greatness through the many lessons I learned. Being a basketball player was every kid’s dream growing up in my neighborhood and I happened to love it too. I enjoyed practicing for hours on end and because of that, I became better and better. I was rewarded for my hard work and discipline for basketball and academically by DU in being awarded a full student-athletic scholarship.
After my basketball career was over, I continued to train, but now with new guys who in fact where into bodybuilding. I never thought of myself as a bodybuilder, but did see myself quite muscular for a ‘hoopster’, so I gave it a try. I changed my whole workout program from basketball prep, to hardcore training. I actually liked training like this because of my new friends being so competitive. I immediately saw the correlation of hard work and discipline between these two sports, which made me extremely interested in the sport of bodybuilding. I soon learned the mechanics of training like a bodybuilder and loved seeing the pumps in my arms, legs, chest. My friends took notice also, which made me want more. They would push me to new limits every workout which I loved because of the new comraderie I had which was quite similar to the rapport I had with my basketball teammates.
Also, my eating habits took a dramatic turn too, from eating only 3 times, to now 6 to 7 times per day. I new I loved this sport when I would watch bodybuilding events in person or on television, mesmerized by the level of muscularity, balance, symmetry and conditioning.
I started training for my first contest (NPC Northern CO. 2003) on October 8, 2002. I purchased a digital camera and took my very own pre-contest photographs. I continued to do this because it allowed me to view my physique and make adjustments in my training according to my shape and proportion. I felt that the pictures would never lie and they would keep me motivated into being a better bodybuilder day after day. I started out at 185lbs and grew into a 215lbs machine with 6% bodyfat which I found amazing, but achieveable because of my family’s genetics. I competed at the ‘Northern’ as a 192lbs light-heavyweight. I couldn’t believe the sacrifice I had to go through in order to achieve this level of shape and conditioning. I took my novice and open classes, winning the overall men’s title. After that huge win, I was hooked and began training harder and eating smarter.
I competed 8 weeks later at the NPC Colorado State show again as a light-heavy, weighing 196. I competed against many strong competitors and I was honored with straight 1st’s. However, I didn’t win the overall that year, I learned that I must take this sport a lot more serious because I totally relied on my genetics and that cost me to lose by 1 point. Once I enlisted myself into a hardcore gym, I began having a better focus on training. I began to grow and grow and grow gradually throughout the later part of ’03. I had my eyes set on the NPC Junior Nationals, but failed to enter before the deadline. Again, I was reminded that I must take this sport more seriously, just as I did with basketball. I then entered the NPC Colorado State show and took the Mr. Colorado title, competing as a 200lbs heavyweight. I continued to train and that following year entered the NPC Junior Nationals and took the overall there too.
I was on a roll, I couldn’t believe it. On June 20th, I signed with Weider Health and Fitness, which was a true blessing to me thanks to Jay Cutler and Peter McGough. Now with all of these shows under my belt, I felt it was necessary to compete for my pro-card at USA’s. I went up against some of the best physiques in the country and I was very nervous. I knew that by keeping my faith along with my friends being close by, I would manage to take care of business. I spoke with my mentor/big-brother Jay Cutler and Peter McGough, along with others to keep focus on the show and proving to myself and the world that I am coming with my best package. I later that week, I won the USA’s, weighing in at 215lbs and taking overall honors. I was so excited that I didn’t know what to do.
Now, as an IFBB pro, I intend on representing the sport of bodybuilding in a way that many people can relate to and in a way that mainstream society will respect. I hope to be one the greatest of all-time, but even if I fall short of that dream, I want to have as much fun as I possibly can because of one’s career in bodybuilding being so short. I will continue to bring my best package to every contest and also stay humble and personable.