The Science of Bodybuilding
Reasons Why Bodybuilding is a Science
To many bodybuilding is not a science. To them it merely constitutes going to the gym. Period. This article explores why bodybuilding is more than just lifting weights.
Weightlifting is Not Simple. You need to work out which exercises work the parts of the body you want to train, how to do them, how many sets of them you will respond to, and their correct manner. This is also a process of elimination, as you will need to determine which exercises do and don’t work for you. Once you have worked out which exercises are right for you, with all the other constraints, you need to be able to push to the point where you reach the repetition where you just can’t lift anymore. You also need to know which muscles you can train with others, how much rest is needed between sets, and when you are over, or under training. Other techniques such as supersets, pyramiding, also need to be learned and understood., as well as practiced and tested to see if it’s appropriate for you. And this is just one component of bodybuilding.
Dieting is Another Essential Component of Bodybuilding. Dieting for the bodybuilder is far from simple. It’s potentially the most confusing part of bodybuilding. In reality, it’s the difference between a mere weight lifter and a bodybuilder. Having the ability to avoid junk foods and consume particular foods such as canned tuna will put you in good stead for bodybuilding success. Ironically, as a bodybuilder you may have to eat when you are not hungry. Skipping breakfast is something that shouldn’t happen. Getting quality protein can also be expensive. Before bed, a slower release protein needs to be consumed to ensure consistent release and maintenance of nitrogen balance throughout sleep.
Supplementation. Some sceptics believe supplements are not necessary, but this would depend on just how long you are prepared to wait for results. Protein would be essential for a post-workout shake, but many brands and types of protein are available. Some are believed to use better quality protein compared to others. Creatine is another supplement which works in avery different manner. The amount and timing are of utmost importance to get the optimal results. A myriad of other supplements are available, including those for recovery, pre-workout, fat loss and to aid growth hormone release, to name a few. The sports supplement field is constantly evolving, due to new advancements in scientific research.
Sleep is Another Part of The Bodybuilding Puzzle. Getting the right amount of sleep is important. It’s just not possible to party the night away then have a good lifting session the next day. You’ll need 8 hours to give your muscles enough time to grow.
Overtraining Works Against, Rather Than in Aid of Muscle Gains. Some people new to the sport try to work a body part, such as arms their arms 2-3 times a week. As muscles need time to heal, training once a week for hitting a muscle would be more appropriate.
Drinking. Drinking lowers testosterone for prolonged periods of time, and increases estrogen in your body, and to make matters worse, it dehydrates you, just what you don’t need. Alcohol consumption also slows protein synthesis, and the hangovers deprive you of appropriate nutrition and deprive you of energy to train the next day.
Bodybuilding Synergy. Whether or not bodybuilding is a science depends on your personal goals. If you want to just throw a few weights around and not worry about dieting and supplementation, you wouldn’t consider it a science. But for the individuals who aspire to adding lean, quality muscle to their frames, this does not come easy. You get out of your effort what you put in. Appropriate training, dieting and supplementation, and recovery will pay off over time, giving you the body that you have worked hard to achieve.