Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Physical Fitness Training - Bodybuilding

While many people think of huge rippling muscles when anyone talks about bodybuilding, the exercises that bodybuilders base their workouts on are the foundation of many strength fitness programs that are used for a wide variety of sports.

The main exercises that form base for most bodybuilding programs are as follows:

The bench-press for the chest with additional muscle building for the arms, in particular the triceps at the back of the arms, and the shoulders.

The squat, which develops the whole of the leg and also strengthens the back, provided the exercise is performed correctly.

The dead lift, which is a strength building exercise for the back that also helps build strength and size in the upper body and the legs.

The military press, which targets the shoulders and also works the arms.

The lateral pull down, cable rowing or dumbbell rows will all build the upper back.

These exercises will all help to build a strong healthy symmetrically muscular body if performed regularly in the correct manner and supplemented with good nutrition.

Muscle building will help to burn fat and create a lean body with enhanced health and fitness.

There are additional exercises that are designed to target specific areas of the body. What is quite possibly the most popular exercise of all is the arm curl. This builds the bicep muscle and people who do this regularly will usually see results quite fast. It is also popular because the arms are very visual muscles and it is good for a beginner's confidence to be able to display the results of their training efforts.

To gain the size muscles that the bodybuilders achieve is as much about food nutrition and supplements as the exercises they perform on a daily basis. Obviously those at the top of their game are also taking steroids, so for people who fear that they might look like Arnold Schwarzenegger from following these exercises, they have little to fear.

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Bodybuilding - A Secret Template for Life Success

?In the foundation of every building or house that I have built, I have a barbell plate?

These are the words of the late Ray ?Thunder? Stern , a legend in professional wrestling, bodybuilding, and entrepreneurial success.(1) In fact, dare I say; in a world inundated with advice on how to be successful, nothing compares to the now out-of-print book Power of Thunder, co-written by Mr. Stern and Robert Wolff, Ph.D. In it, Ray Stern highlighted and explained his principles for success in such a manner that ?authentic and effectual? are the most forthcoming words of distinction when comparing it to the countless books on the self-help shelves today.

And yes, the symbolic ritual within the context of edifice development was explained. Mr. Stern, a real estate investor and pioneer of the fitness industry, cemented a big barbell plate in the foundation of the buildings and homes he developed. ?I do this as a testament that anything and everything I have in life, I owe to bodybuilding?, wrote Mr. Stern.(2)

But what is it about fitness and bodybuilding that can provide such a template for life success? How can the ability to make positive and lasting changes to your physique translate to practical lessons of wisdom in goal setting and achievement?

Regardless of one?s personal aspirations or definition of success, physique improvement can provide a microcosmic blueprint for bringing dreams into reality. It does so with such eerie precision as to even warn us of the pitfalls of attempted shortcuts. Example: who among us long-term bodybuilding enthusiasts hasn?t witnessed the neophyte muscle-builder who thinks steroids are the key to physique improvement? The fleeting benefits and oft-resulting dependence on such drugs can have detrimental long-term outcomes on even the appearance of one?s physique. Expanding this observation out to context, it seems reminiscent of a life success principle from the words of Ray Stern: ?Being great in whatever you do takes time. Short-term gain always equals long-term pain and don?t let anyone tell you differently.?(3)

Goals: The First Page in Your Success Blueprint

In order to achieve anything worthwhile, we must have a vivid internal representation of what we want. A vague idea will not generate optimal results. If we drift through life with day-to-day thoughts such as ?I?d like to be more muscular? or ?I want to lose some body fat?, our odds of identifying a strategy for accomplishment and our resolve to carry it out will fade as fast as the ambiguous images in our minds. Conversely, when our goals are specific; ?I want eight percent body fat; I want seventeen inch biceps; I want a fifteen inch ratio between my torso measurement and my waistline, our chances of making these things a reality goes up exponentially.

This practice can then be carried over to other contexts of your life. In fact, when you get good at setting specific goals for your body, this skill will likely be etched into your subconscious mind for effective retrieval when you need it elsewhere?career, health, relationships, etc.

A Powerful Strategy: The bulk of Your Blueprint

Nothing will extinguish motivation to achieve a goal faster than an ineffective strategy with no clue as to where to find or how to develop an effective one. In the gym, it usually happens like this: The beginner reads that he or she should work the biceps once per week. The generic routine this individual is given recommends doing some well-rounded selection of exercises for a reasonable number of sets of six to ten reps. It encourages this person to increase exercise weight when possible and to work out with ?intensity? (with no real definition of this fuzzy term). Oh, and let?s not forget good form; it?s to be used on all biceps exercises.

But what?s wrong with this picture? Well, nothing for the first few weeks. But all it takes is a slight, undetectable negative variable to throw the unsuspecting natural trainer into the clutches of a progress plateau. Maybe his or her set numbers are just slightly too high for the number of rest days provided ? a factor not only tied to individual genetics, but variables in weekly sleep patterns and stress levels as well. Another possibility: a reaction to unsatisfying progress leads the trainee to inadvertently train harder with the plateau having been brought on by inadequate recuperation. When this becomes perpetual, it?s a recipe for motivation-sapping frustration.

The solution to this is to develop what I call a powerful strategy, not just an effective one. A strategy becomes powerful in its effectiveness when it?s designed in such a way as to provide flexibility and micro-feedback. Flexibility means the structure of your workout and recovery system lends itself to small adjustments that can make a big difference. Micro-feedback means it?s structured in such a way that you can easily see from one workout to the next whether you?re on track to your goals. The feedback is a tool applied to the building blocks of flexibility. Any workout in which this feedback isn?t observed and responded to is a waste of time. Well, only if you?re a person who likes to enjoy rewarding results as opposed to going through motions.

How important is flexibility and attention to feedback in establishing an effective strategy to achieve our goals? Let?s look at the words of Ray Stern in Power of Thunder: ?The real winners in business, bodybuilding, sports or whatever, are those who have a big dream or goal, yet have many plans that they can use in order to achieve it.?(4)

Visualization: Your Homing Device

The legendary Arnold Schwarzenegger said he visualized his biceps being giant mountains on his arms. Ray Stern wrote ?Think, think, think about your goals and dreams and never stop believing??(5)

Visualization, practiced and utilized for physique improvement, is a skill of achievement that can be transferred to any area of life you?d like to improve. Even better, it becomes easy-to-use and a more effective tool the more it?s practiced. Better still, when we visualize a goal and accompany that internal representation with positive emotion and excitement, our chances of reaching it go up dramatically. All this really requires is a few minutes of quiet time each day. When a window of time is used regularly to play your goals out in your mind, the subconscious will work out many of the details, even while you?re sleeping. That?s why this tool acts as a homing device in guiding us toward what we want.

So what specifically should you visualize and emotionalize? The very last step that will tell you your goal has been accomplished. If it?s gaining ten pounds of muscle, see yourself standing in front of the mirror and on the bathroom scale with those contoured slabs of meat on your frame. If it?s losing twenty pounds of unwanted fat, visualize the new and leaner you in the mirror. Maybe it?s a job promotion; see your boss sitting you down in his or her office and telling you of your advancement as you feel the positive charge of emotion that this will elicit from you.

Bodybuilding and Fitness: The Ultimate Success Practice Ground

Bodybuilding, along with any type of physique improvement, represents the rawest form of merging the world of your desires with the power to make them happen. It?s just you, your body, and some equipment. The results you get depend upon how well you utilize your mind and an outer strategy to mold something better than what you started with. If you really ?get it? ? really hone in on the formula for success within this elementally pristine context ? you can ingrain the ?success mindset? into your physiology.

When I sadly learned that Ray ?Thunder? Stern passed away in March, 2007, I saw a quote by his wife, former fitness model Debi Lee, that seemed poignantly revealing: ?? He was a very unusual man with visions and the energy and know-how to make things happen?(6)

Judging by words in his book, these are attributes that he would likely credit to his passion for bodybuilding. They are characteristics not elusive to the rest of us, should we be as observant and receptive as Ray Stern to the inherent wisdom and powerful lessons that bodybuilding can offer us.

(1) Stern, Ray. Wolff, Robert. Power of Thunder Wolff Creative Group, Calabasas, CA. 1994 (Page 126) (2) Stern, page 126 (3) Stern, page 84 (4) Stern, page 109 (5) Stern, page 64 (6) Oliver, Greg. Ray ?Thunder? Stern dead at 74 Slam Wrestling, March 2007(Paragraph 21)

Scott Abbett is the author of HardBody Success: 28 Principles to Create Your Ultimate Body and Shape Your Mind for Incredible Success.

Scott is a certified fitness trainer and a certified Master Practitioner and Trainer of NLP. You can view his own phyical transformation by visiting http://www.hardbodysuccess.com

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Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Bodybuilding Magazines Continue to Guide People to Their Desired Physique

Because of the ongoing concern for health and fitness and the desire to look a certain way among society, there is an abundance of bodybuilding magazines on the market. There are hundreds of fitness and bodybuilding magazines online, in supermarkets and at book stores. Whether you are looking for a specific gender magazine or a generic bodybuilding magazine, whatever you are looking for is out there.

By signing up for a subscription of a bodybuilding magazine, you will have the in to thousands of articles, tips and advice to help you get to or maintain the desired physique. Obviously, the main purpose of these magazines is to keep you informed of all of the latest workouts and techniques to staying fit. A number of the magazines on the market will include some sort of step by step process to a specific workout.

You will also find that many magazines switch muscle groups from one month to the next. This allows you to learn different exercises and weightlifting techniques to use for all of the muscle groups. After all, you don?t want to be stuck with one exercise for each muscle group. Variety will keep you toned and fit.

Another thing that is included in the various bodybuilding magazines is what bodybuilding professionals and world-class weightlifters are doing. There are articles on what is going on in their lives and how they got to where they are now. There is no better person to hear advice from than someone that does it for a living.

While weight lifting is a huge part to building muscle and staying fit, the supplements you take and the nutrition that you eat can positively affect the way you build as well. Because of this, you can expect to find articles and issues that pertain to the different supplements on the market in almost every issue of a bodybuilding magazine. You will find supplement and nutrition performance articles and reviews to help you gain knowledge on what is best for you.

Lastly, you can?t have a magazine without including feature stories of some kind. Just like every other magazine you find in the local grocery store, fitness and bodybuilding magazines contain a feature story that is in-depth on some particular topic. Whether it?s a training workout or an in-depth story on someone, you can expect to find a few in-depth feature stories in every fitness magazine.

Fitness and bodybuilding magazines are extremely informative and interesting because of the articles, tips and reviews you will find in them. Everything from nutrition to training tips to new supplements on the market can be found in fitness magazines. And with the plethora of bodybuilding magazines on the market, you are sure to find at least one that pertains to your desire.

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Wednesday, November 5, 2008

How To Pick Out A Great Bodybuilding Workout Routines

You see, then it comes to bodybuilding, you want to get results. You want to be able to go to the gym, workout, and gain muscle mass, lose fat and get ripped. But the problem with many guys who do weight training, is that they workout at the gym 6 to 7 times a week, sometimes for over an hour each time.

And after about 6 months of doing this, they haven't got the great body that they wanted to get!

It's real frustrating, especially as you're putting in the hard work.

So in this article, let's go through how to get a bodybuilding workout that works to build muscle mass and size. A bodybuilding workout routine that's effective includes workouts that do these things:

1. The bodybuilding program stimulates each muscle group about once every 5-7 days. This is because over stimulation will not let the group grow adequately before the next time at the gym.

2. The muscle workout program works the muscles in such a way that causes enough stimulation to get the muscle to grow. This can be with supersets or with a program that targets a muscle group (eg chest, back, shoulders, arms, legs, or abs etc) in an effective way at each workout.

3. A program that has the right sets and reps to cause both the fast acting fibres and slow acting fibres to grow. Which means bigger muscles in a shorter amount of time.

4. A workout that has changes from week to week in terms of more or less intense. This is because it will stimulate the muscles to grow more. It's a natural bodybuilding technique that is used by the pros that many guys don't know about.

5. A diet plan that gives enough protein, but not the same amount all the time.

This also means more stimulation for muscle growth.

There are more factors that this that are important. See the site in the resource box below for the bodybuilding workouts routines that gives results.

So there you have it.

If you workout in the right way, your body building efforts will really show, and you'll get a great body.

If you use a program that doesn't work, then you won't see the great results.

So go ahead and get a great body, and choose a great bodybuilding workout routine.

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