The road to building a professional bodybuilder’s physique begins with a single step, but that step needs to be the right one.
Rather than listening to any old gym bro’s advice that may or may not (you can bet on the latter though) get you results, why not stick to several tried and tested bodybuilding tips that got the pros to where they are today and are bound to accelerate your fitness journey?
Here are the five absolutely essential bodybuilding tips you need to know that will get you results. Get ready for the hard truth.
You’re Not Eating Enough
On the other hand, if you are overweight to begin with, you need to tailor your diet to build muscle and lose fat at the same time.
Fitness, as well as general health and wellbeing, boils down to nutrition for the most part. Therefore, the first thing you need to do is to calculate your daily caloric requirements, calculate your proteins, fats, and carbohydrates, and stick to a rigorous hydrating regime.
Only when you start eating the right way can you start building muscle.
Progressive Overload is Key
What you will experience in the first months of your bodybuilding venture is called “newbie gains”, a truly blissful period in your life when you will rapidly grow muscle mass and lose fat in your body’s desperate attempt to survive the horror you’re putting it through.
Alas, this blissful period will be short-lived, the rapid gains will stop, and you will plateau. In order to maintain your steady ascension into bodybuilding superstardom, you need to constantly implement progressive overload and reap its benefits.
Whether you increase the weight on the bar, decrease rest times or increase the sets and reps, you need to constantly present your body with new challenges that will force it to become bigger, faster, and stronger.
Isolation vs Compound Movements
There are hundreds, if not thousands of ways to build muscle.
However, no single way is necessarily the best, or the be-all-end-all of bodybuilding and the best option is usually a comprehensive approach that includes different training methods.
Therefore, you need to harness the muscle-building potential of both isolation and compound movements in order to reap the greatest rewards.
Start your workouts with heavy compound movements such as squats and deadlifts and slowly dial down the intensity, finishing off your session with light, concentration work such as curls and extensions.
Clothes and Accessories Could Save Your Life
Training in dedicated bodybuilding clothes is not for show, as proper apparel serves a much higher purpose.
You should not only wear breathable clothing, such as shorts and t-shirts made of dry-fit materials, but you should also wear quality bodybuilding accessories like the ones TwoTags offers, that provide enough traction to keep you safe, such as lifting wraps, knee sleeves and even a weightlifting belt for those super heavy, mass-building sets.
Rest Properly and Remain Persistent
Rest and recovery, the two most underrated elements of bodybuilding, and any sport in general.
If you fail to adhere to proper recovery principles after your workouts, you will not only find it impossible to overcome your plateaus but you will also slowly pave the road to serious injuries.
Therefore, you need to maintain healthy a sleeping cycle, allowing your body enough time to rest and rebuild muscle mass, while eating enough and nurturing a healthy micronutrient intake as well.
Lastly, you need to remain persistent. Even if you’re a natural athlete, reaching your goals is going to take time.
Do not fall prey to disappointment if you do not see result right away, simply remain adamant in your reaching your goals, adjust your training, diet and recovery cycles accordingly, and results will follow in due time.
Bodybuilding is a sport that is beneficial to long-term health, positivity, and general wellbeing.
While it is not always easy for beginners to find their way in the iron jungle, by following these simple tips, you can easily create a perfect fitness regimen to reach your goals with strength, vigor, and determination.
Peter is a fitness and health editor at Ripped.me and Gentleman Zone magazine, living between London and Brisbane, Australia. Beside writing he’s a total fitness & yoga devotee. Follow Peter on Twitter for more tips.