How to be a Bodybuilder in 3 Easy Steps
Bodybuilding and the lifestyle that it entails is a 24 hour, 7 days a week, 365 days a year endeavor. There is no way around this if bringing out the best that your genetics have to offer is a priority for you. It is easily the most difficult sport to pursue, requires more time than any other athletic venture you can think of and is the only sport where one bite of food or one sip of water can spoil all that you have worked towards. Having said this, if you still want to be a bodybuilder and chase after a never-ending goal, then here are 3 easy ways you can transform yourself and graduate into being a bodybuilder.
Step 1: Eat for purpose, not for pleasure
The idea behind a nutritious diet that is filled with lots of variety, different tastes, different textures and so on sounds so nice doesn’t it. Well forget about all of that if being a bodybuilder is on your agenda. Well, not entirely so, but you’re going to have to get used to the idea that eating for pleasure and enjoying each and every meal you consume just isn’t going to happen. Bodybuilders eat for purpose and each meal is portioned out with specific foods so that growth can occur. For the majority, these meals tend to look exactly the same all throughout the day and very little variety actually occurs. You must do this so that you can track how your body is responding to the nutrients you are feeding it. If you are constantly changing up your food choices, then you’ll never truly know what’s working and what’s not.
Step 2: Learn how to feel the muscles working
To a bodybuilder, the barbells and dumbbells along with any other form of resistance that you see in the gym are tools used to create the muscular image they have set out to achieve. There’s a significant difference between those who “lift weights” and those who practice bodybuilding. People who lift weights only concern themselves with moving objects from point a to point b as a means of increasing strength, improving muscular health, becoming more fit or as a social activity where they can share a few laughs with their friends while at the gym; and there’s absolutely nothing wrong with this. Bodybuilders, on the other hand, pay strict attention to not only the weights they are using (which in many cases become irrelevant), but how they are using those weights; the angles, the tempo, the time under tension, the intensity employed, the strictness of their form and above all else, how the muscle feels when it is under stress. This is called the mind/muscle connection, and bodybuilders are experts at this, which is why, with much less weight than what your regular gym goer would use, they can build so much more muscle mass by comparison.
Step 3: Make rest a priority
You don’t grow when you’re in the gym; you grow as a result of what you do in the gym assuming you are doing everything you need to do for this to happen. When you do grow is when you are resting. It is extremely important that you emphasize sleep in your life and make it a priority to get at least eight hours of undisturbed sleep every single night. On top of that, if you can throw in a nap here and there throughout the day, you’ll be maximizing the effects of your training by giving your body another chance to heal and grow. Now, I know what all of you are thinking out there; this just isn’t possible for everyone who wants to be a bodybuilder. People are busy, have crazy schedules and so on. Well, like I said in the beginning of this article, bodybuilding ain’t easy and it certainly isn’t for everyone.
I’ve always felt that you have to look the part to be the part and much of my early motivation came by way of wearing the clothes and gear that all of my favorite bodybuilders were wearing (insert fanny pack here). I still think this holds true for many people, so if I were giving advice to anyone wanting to get into bodybuilding, and I do all of the time, I would say you have to submerge yourself into the culture to get a real good look at what it entails. This means buying Tactical Trainers so that you look badass when heading to the squat rack and ordering gym clothes from Gymstar so that you have the best bodybuilding clothes available. Once you have those things, you’re definitely going to be dressing the part so you’re going to have to bust ass to look the part.
The fact of the matter is that bodybuilding just isn’t for everyone and very few people can withstand the lifestyle. Those who do are the ones walking around way bigger and much more muscular than you. And even though I said you can be a bodybuilder in 3 easy steps, there’s nothing easy about it. It’s hard, takes forever to accomplish anything significant, but completely worth it in the end.