Bodybuilding: 15 Things You Didn’t Know (Part 1)

Bodybuilding has become not only a trend but also a lifestyle in the modern day. It is no longer solely a professional venture for athletic careers but has also grown in popularity among the younger crowd. Despite its popularity, there are so many helpful tidbits of information that you didn’t know about this lifestyle, and we are here to give you the scoop! Stay tuned for our part two article, coming soon with the top eight things you didn’t know about bodybuilding!

Number Fifteen: It Gets Progressively More Intense

The art of bodybuilding is all about creating muscle mass, which is done by pushing the body to achieve higher limits. The key to this is increasing the weights with which your body stresses itself. By adding more progressive weight to your workout, the sessions will become more intense, and your body will strengthen itself to adhere to those requirements.

Number Fourteen: Overtraining

Surprisingly, overtraining is something bodybuilders have to watch out for. If the same level of intensity is applied to a workout for too long, this could result in a plateau. A plateau is used to refer to a halt of muscle increase, often due to overtraining to try and cheat results. A plateau will cease results, so it is important to keep the intensity steady and rising.

Number Thirteen: Mastering Protein

To gain optimal muscle mass, science states that bodybuilders should consume at least a gram of protein for every pound of their body weight. Protein is essential to muscle formation, as it is the key nutrient that feeds and strengthens muscle tissue.

Number Twelve: Rest Those Muscles

Adequate sleep is also a key to achieving optimal results of bodybuilding. During the sleep cycle, the body undergoes protein synthesis which recharges the muscles. This is the process that heals and strengthens the muscle tissue while it has some time to rest. Sleep will also recharge the body with testosterone and hormone growth.

Number Eleven: Eat Before Bed

This is often forbidden in the weight-training world, but not if you are trying to bulk up on muscle. When the body is sleeping, it is experiencing a (normally) eight-hour span without protein intake. Without an adequate supply of protein during the process of sleep, muscles could suffer gluconeogenesis. This process causes muscles to break down because of a lack of glycogen supplying the brain. Therefore, it is essential to get a protein-rich meal before bed, and also when first waking up.

Number Ten: The Mental Attitude

One of you greatest allies in gaining muscle mass can be your dedication and attitude towards success. When approaching a workout session with confidence and desire, the quality will improve. Conversely, negative thoughts and emotions can decrease results.

Number Nine: Stress and Bodybuilding

High levels of stress often have a detrimental effect on the results of your workout. Stress is natural and healthy in some cases, but negative stress should be avoided. Smoking, drinking, arguing, and general unhappiness will affect the body’s cortisol levels. These abnormal levels can affect your workout by constricting your arteries, raising your blood pressure, shutting down organs during stress inducement, and causing the excess cortisol to feed on the excess muscle you worked so hard to build. Stay tuned for our part two article, coming soon with the top eight things you didn’t know about bodybuilding!