It is an almost universally accepted truth that the majority of hard work involved in bodybuilding is dieting.
Sure, we repeatedly put ourselves through massive amounts of pain in the gym – breaking down our muscles, pushing our bodies as far as they can go – but it’s the actions you take after you leave the gym that will determine whether or not you’re going to be building muscle. Simply put, it’s all about nutrition.
Have you been a couch potato?
Combine festive feasts, tasty tipples and a severe lack of training, and you’ll be saying hello to a slightly out of shape post-Christmas body.
But fear not, if you’re staring into the mirror wondering how to put right your wrongs, we’re here to get you back on track.
In a previous article we discussed how to shed the fat, but how do you stay lean.
Keeping trim is a complicated subject, and you’ll need a good understanding of complex training and diet mechanics.
If he can try, so can you
One of the hardest body battles many face is shedding fat. Millions of people every year embark upon fad diets, extreme exercise regimes and even resort to over the counter weight loss pills. Unfortunately, the majority of these options won’t work as a sustainable measure.
But why is this? Some people may see great initial results from fad diets, but the weight often rapidly rebounds and leaves them back at square one.
There is a good reason social media sites are flooded with “international chest day” updates every Monday.
Possessing a big, well sculpted chest is the dream of many trainers out there, and for good reason – it is one of the most readily visible indicators of all your hard work, and with proper training and diet a very aesthetic look can be achieved.
Enter beast mode
We all have those days in the gym where we feel like we could move a mountain. Those sessions where your motivation and focus is 100% and you’re hitting new personal records on all of your lifts.
Unfortunately for most of us, those days are few and far between. That’s where pre-workout supplements come into play.
Someone who knows about weight gain.
One of the hardest parts of building a better physique is gaining weight.
Realising the sheer volume of calories required to add mass can be a daunting prospect, especially taking into account the high levels of protein a typical bodybuilder needs.
Which one needs to bulk we wonder?
Bulking up is an issue many slim beginners struggle with. There is so much to learn about the fundamentals of adding muscle mass, it is no wonder so many gym newbies find it a daunting prospect.
However, there are some essential basics that once mastered will see pounds of muscle added to your physique regularly. The most important aspects of bulking is:
It’s all about whey-ing up the options
It is well established that supplementation with whey has massive benefits to any aspiring bodybuilder, but what’s the difference between concentrate and isolate?
Which is superior quality, which provides the most health benefits, and which packs in the most protein?
Mmm, whey protein!
Every gym goer knows that one of the most important nutritional requirements for building muscle mass is protein.
It is the building blocks of muscle that the body uses to repair and grow after a strenuous gym session. For this reason, whey protein is incredibly popular amongst trainers.