Bodybuilding: Freak show, fitness or just a beauty contest?

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Freak Show – Classics are gone!

When a random stranger in the gym asks me “How long you’ve been working out?” I feel quite confused, because to be true I do not remember most of the times the exact answer that I should be giving. Not that I do not take pride in looking fit but it has been too much of an eye-opener and I refuse to do what others have been doing. All I can say is that it has been too long and extreme workout did gift me a tennis elbow, weak knee and ofcourse a wrist that does not allow me to do moments I once did.

Blaming bodybuilding for my injuries would be unfair because I did not have what it takes, and I mean the resources. Ronnie Coleman calls it vitamins, while people like Rich Piana consider these an essential ingredient of ‘Getting Big’ recipe. Fitness in the form of bodybuilding can be the best weapon to feed your ego but if done without these resources can do some serious damage my friends. Extreme workouts and depending on just protein supplements can surely help you befriend some common injures.

However, this blog is not about whether one should go all natural and extreme, instead I wish to talk about why I feel bodybuilding today is not what it should be! Yeah buddy, you heard that right, irrespective of what many say about bodybuilding being a sport, I consider it to be nothing less than a beauty contest and in most of the cases a freak show. I mean ask your-self as a non-competing steroid user – “why am I doing this, will I compete and if not, why do I still want to look big?” The reply to this is ‘you have an ego my friend and you just found the perfect means to satisfy it’.

I myself am a person who has been working out for a long time and the only reason I never went dark side is that I had no intention of competing professionally. Moreover, in a developing country like India, where corruption breeds literally everywhere, competing professionally can be really heavy on your pocket and conscience. I like to browse through some fitness channels on YouTube just to hear opinions and tips, but Jason Blaha – video blogger who manages the channel ‘Juggernaut Fitness’ had some very interesting points that made me question my own intelligence. As he said – bodybuilding is not a sport, but a beauty contest where people pose in their trunks. I always considered bodybuilders to be one of the strongest people in the world, which is why it came as a big surprise to me that they actually are the weakest during competition phase.

I still follow fitness very close to my heart, wherein every workout matters. May be this is why I always have my workout planned just to ensure I crawl back home with a smile. However, I do agree that this sport and people associated with it have mislead many, including my very own brother who has been asking me to inject a certain vitamin up his ass every now n’ then. Why I blame people associated with the sport? Answer is quite simple – with great power comes great responsibility!

Personally I am a very big fan of Mr. Lee Priest, which is why he comes a close second in my short list of bodybuilding idols. The best thing that I like about him is his down to earth and a very realistic attitude with which he tells people to consider the consequences of taking steroids. Yes, he does own a million dollar physique but what makes him popular is the fact that he appears so real unlike others who cry ‘Titan’.

Unfortunately, I chose a topic so vast to write on that finding words seem much difficult than squats. Steroids have their own price to pay with time, but one should consider its worth and consequences before accepting it. Bodybuilding is a complex term and a tough practice to deal with; it had enlightened many like Arnold Schwarzenegger while it has lead to the downfall of legends like Ronnie Coleman. The story continues….

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Is Bodybuilding or Fitness…Madness?

Madness prevails in the end
Madness prevails in the end

If I give you a big YES as an opening statement… would it be worth to travel all the way down and finish with the read? The answer to that would be another ‘Yes’. This write-up is much more than a mere yes or no to the title, but more about showing as of why people pursue this madness and reach a level rarely imaginable by commoners.

It’s about the MindGame

When we talk about bodybuilding or weight training the first image in the mind of any average individual would be some big-ass freak walking the planet with 24 inches guns. Well, for those of you, who somehow glide in this category, let me tell you that there is a thick line of difference between a professional bodybuilder and a fitness enthusiast.

One cannot expect a regular gym freak to be as huge as Kai Greene due to the difference in the intensity of the training as well as the diet that the predator actually abides by. Being a professional bodybuilder not only means supplementation but also a discipline involved that one has to follow like a monk. Yes, fitness for many is madness and to some is a religion that actually assists you in perfecting yourself.

To me fitness was all about regaining that was lost in my childhood…my ‘Prestige’. I still remember the days when in a typical Indian environment I was bullied just because of my skin color. Those days were mixed with feelings of hatred and anger; somehow fitness was a respite in channeling that anger in appositive way. I still remember the first day I picked up iron and the madness that prevailed after each repetition with that weight. This is the madness that drives you throughout the workout with a motive to perfect yourself in each and every sense.

If you were looking for something or a workout plan or a diet detail then let me tell you that this blog has to do with preparing yourself mentally. Not everyone can have a gifted forearm like Phil heath due to the genetics factor that comes into foreplay in the end. However, fitness is much more than just genetics because it is the very last repetition before failure that actually triggers your muscles to grow and being mentally prepared is all about training to the level of failure. Look around and compare yourselves with others, ask yourself ‘what would have happened if everyone in this world could build a million dollar body Just like that?’ *Doomsday* because nobody would realize the value of this hard-work and nobody would actually know what madness means.

Yes…Bodybuilding/Fitness like art will always be madness….

Workout tips for a Gym Newbie…

Go hard or Go home....
Go hard or Go home….

Majority of people amongst us commit mistake due to incomplete knowledge or improper method of workout. This article will provide beginners with some essential advice and tips that can and will assist them in gaining momentum in their current workout and will help them avoid committing mistakes.

More is never more

Many of us who have just enrolled into a fitness club are under a wrong impression of improper style of workout. You can see many of the beginners performing endless bicep curls and afterwards complaining of muscle soreness and injuries.

Warm-up before start up

Most of us never pay attention to a proper warm up session before starting our exercise schedule. At least 20 minute of warm up that includes running and flowed by stretching is necessary to avoid injuries during weight training sessions.

Recovery

Allow your muscles to recovering by providing them enough time or rest after a workout. For the aspiring body builders of today it is essential to take a nice sleep of about 8 hours so that the muscles can repair themselves.

Time for a change

It is very important to keep on changing the style of workout with time because after a particular time our muscles get used to the same movements and may not yield better results.

Diet

Working out for two hours is not the only thing you need to build muscles. You also need a good diet that is rich in proteins and carbohydrates.

In order to learn correct posture and method of performing different exercises, it is necessary to seek guidance from a professional trainer.

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Is chest workout essential for women?

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This is one of the basic questions, which many of the women who are beginners at a gym frequently ask. Most of the women avoid chest workout out of fear rather than lack of knowledge. The main reason behind their fear is formation of wrong posture, which they think can affect their personal lives. To be practical in our approach, the studies show that this is a myth and no chest exercise can harm any women.

Contrary to the above-mentioned statement, chest workout is beneficial for women to deal with their daily life activities. It is a fact that we all rely on our chest muscles for pushing objects that may be heavy and bulky. A properly planned chest workout can assist you in developing a well-toned upper body with good stamina that can improve your standard of living. There are different exercises that can assist women in developing chest muscles like bench press, push-ups and dumbbell fly.

Bench press is one of the basic chest exercises as it not only benefits men but also is vital for women to develop a strong upper body and avoid injuries. However, women those who practise it should keep in mind to avoid using heavy weights because that can cause injuries to the pectoral muscles. Apart from bench press, push-ups are a great source of chest exercise and it is a complete exercise, which stresses more than one body part at a time. However, it is better to take assistance from a well-qualified trainer under whose guidance you can learn the correct positions easily.  

 

 

Role of Creatine in Bodybuilding and weight lifting

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creatine composition

You must have heard the word ‘Creatine’ a lot in the gym while working out or from trainers. It is a form of amino acid that is also produced in the body and plays an important part in releasing energy from the cells. Creatine phosphate aids the generation of adenosine triphosphate also known as ATP that assists in muscle contraction. Oral consumption of creatine may lead to increase in muscle strength and energy in performance. However, creatine is found in raw fish and meat but most of it is destroyed at the time of heating.

Creatine phosphate is considered as a storehouse of energy that enables muscle contraction and its consumption provides constant energy for intense physical activity such as weightlifting. Although creatine provides energy but it is suitable only for anaerobic exercises such as weight lifting and resistance training. Cardiovascular activities such as running, jogging are not benefited much from the intake of creatine as per the research and studies.

As per the standard consumption pattern, it is said that creatine can be consumed with the beverage of person’s choice. However, individuals who consume it with solution with simple carbohydrates such as any sports energy drink or a fruit juice show better result. While the study shows that it is safe and relatively cheap as compared to other health supplements, there is a lot to be defined about its side effects and supplementation even today. Therefore, it is advised to consult a good physician before consuming any health supplements.

Some common gym injuries and ways to avoid them

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Injuries related to bodybuilding…

 

Injuries are an unessential and unavoidable element in the life of a person who works out in a gym. However, they cannot be neglected at any point of time because some injuries can be serious afterwards. Let us now examine different causes of injuries and the possible way of avoiding them.

Over Exercising

This is a major mistake done by majority of the gym enthusiasts around the world today. In order to grow muscles fast they end up over exercising, which in turn leads to problems such as muscle soreness, tear etc. You should start your exercise with a proper warm up programs followed with stretching. Keep your workout program very simple and devote a fix time interval for working out rather than endless hours.

Incorrect posture

Maximum injuries caused at the time of exercise are due to the incorrect posture. It can be continuous moments of body parts or improper balancing of equipments. Many of us complain of backaches, frozen shoulders and still keep guessing the possible reason for the injury due to lack of proper postures that should be followed for better result and less injuries.

Pushing body to the limits

There is a saying that, ‘if you want to grow then push your body to the limit’. We often take this statement in the wrong sense and end up lifting weights that are very heavy. Due to these heavy exercises, injuries are caused to our joints and the muscles groups that are being worked on. It is better to use weights that you feel comfortable as per your stamina.

In the end, it is recommended you seek the guidance of a professional fitness trainer because he will be the best person to guide and educate you about weights and postures.