How Bodybuilders Get Their Bodies!

Posted on January 9th, 2013 at 7:00 pm by

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If you’re like most people, you’re probably amazed at the physique of a bodybuilder.  Odds are, if you work out you still don’t look anything like the bodybuilders that you see on TV and in magazines.  This is because bodybuilders focus all of their time and effort on sculpting their bodies.  It takes a lot of dedication and focus.  Not only do they have a strict workout regime, but they also need to adhere to a strict diet.  Most bodybuilders also take supplements to help with the growth of their muscles, such as a prohormone.

Diet

The diet of a bodybuilder is always changing, as it directly impacts their physique.  If you want to gain more muscle, then you need to eat more to support that additional growth.  If you eat too much you run the risk of putting on fat.  It’s a difficult balance, which is why bodybuilders keep a close eye on their weight.  They need to gain lean muscle Photobucketweight, not fat.  You can’t just eat whatever you want.  Bodybuilders need to eat a lot of protein, carbohydrates and fats in the correct ratios.  Since it’s hard to get what you need through 3 meals, most body builders eat 5 to 6 times a day.

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Exercise

Bodybuilders do a large variety of exercises.  They do both cardiovascular training (which helps to build up strength and endurance), as well as strength training (which helps build stronger and larger muscles).  As a bodybuilder, you would typically do 30 to 40 minutes worth of cardio exercises at least 4 to 5 times a week.  Being active while your stomach is empty will help to burn as much excess fat as possible.  Weight training should be done at least 3 to 4 times a week; however, the amount of time you spend on this will be dependent on the individual.  One thing a bodybuilder has to watch out for is over exertion.  You can seriously hurt yourself or cause exhaustion, sleep problems or other issues by working out too much.

Supplements

Since it can be difficult to get everything that you need from diet alone, bodybuilding supplements are often taken.  These include simple supplements like protein supplements which are used for strength training, or carbohydrates which are needed for long lasting workouts.  Creatine is sometimes used to aid in muscle recovery and increase strength needed for better performance in weight lifting or sprinting.  Prohormones are popular as well.

As you can see, it takes a lot of effort to become a bodybuilder.  Bodybuilders have to follow a strict diet and exercise regime, and often have to use supplements to help in obtaining the physiques they desire.

About the Author

Eric Regan has written for many news sites and blogs all over the internet.  His writing team covers a wide range of topics.

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