is a fantastic sport that if tackled in the right way and without the
rush for getting quick results, could result in a spring of
satisfactions for most of the athletes.
Alas very often it is depicted as a "dirty" sport, mainly from mass
media or people who have not the slightest idea about the shape of a
barbell or a dumbell. You see, that's what often happens in
football tv show in which people who have never kicked a ball in a
pitch talk like experts about the ... void.
I will always remember one of those a dime psychologist referring to bodibilders as frustrated
narcisus unsatisfied with their bodies. Funny that the guy had such a
huge tummy that I bet he could not even be able to lace up his shoes.
That guy was perhaps missing the point of the human evolution: the crave for self improvement.
As far as the health of the body cannot be parted from a healthy mind,
it goes without saying that keeping both mind and body in perfect shape
is the main goal of any human being.
There is no need to feel ashamed about the idea of wanting a
better shaped body. Any sport that could improve our health and the
functionality of our body should be, in my humble opinion, be always
Bodybuilding is certainly not the best of sports but, if it is
practiced in safety, it will make our body change in better, keeping
the fat/lean mass ratio at its minimum.
All above has of course nothing to do with what is done by Pro
Borybuilders. Anyone thinking that working-out in a gym will
transform his body in the same as Ronnie Coleman is just daydreaming.
Uncommon genetics, huge loads of
steroids, testosterone, GH, insulin, ephdrine make monsters of these
"champions" ... who do not certainly deserve our jealousy.
Natural Body Building is a tough sport that needs a complete turn in
ones habits. Of course all the sacrifices will gain the athlete the
rewards he is looking for and for sure all the pain will worth the
benefits of a better health. Be reassured that the stack of pain I am
writing about has nothing to do with going to the gym six times a
week... just the
Nevetheless a few conditions must be satisfied in order to succeed,
conditions that are really hard meet mostly at the beginning, but, step
by step, if you stand your ground, all the basic rules itemized below
will be very easy to fulfill.
- Go to the gym no more often than
three times a week;
- Exercises: very few and
- Perfect execution ot the
- Do not chat around in the gym but
focus on your training;
- Your aim is to increase your
strength, all the rest will soon or late follow.
Out of the gym:
What said above suggests that the hard
work is to be done out of the gym. Giving up the Saturday night beer
with friends and smoking or going to bed earlier enough to recover
completely is for someone a real ordeal.
- Make any effort to sleep well and
for as long as you need; going to sleep always at the same time will
help to fall fast asleep as soon as your head touches the pillow; try
and wake up without the need of an alarm clock;
- Eat at least 5 or better 6 small
meals during the day;
- Know exactly what you are going
to eat tomorrow!
- Do not smoke;
- Do not drink alchool;
Achievements (please do not laugh...)