BIG MAN AT THE GYM

 

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So you saw something at the park the other day that caught your attention. Perhaps it was an awakening to some of your physical deficiencies that made you realize it was time for a big change. Bodybuilding is the fastest way to add pounds of muscle and lose excess body fat. The combination of proper nutrition, exercise, rest, and positive thinking can transform your physique from a wreck into championship form. But just where do you start?


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Setting goals are the first step towards a new you. Believe in your ability to realize your dreams. Visualize yourself with slabs of new muscle throughout your body and create a plan of action to accomplish this. Make a mental note of what you desire and Go For It.


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These days, newsstands are stocked with magazines whose pages are full of muscle-building knowhow. At least that is the way they are marketed. Gone are the days of pure hard-core bodybuilding info and training advice. Today's publications are loaded with advertisements and have more T&A than a porno mag. Your best bet in getting some sensible guidance is to listen and learn from those who have proven themselves knowledgeable in the subject of natural bodybuilding.


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Visiting your local health food store doesn't help much either. With shelves stocked full of the latest designer supplements, you practically need a degree in biochemistry just to read the labels. Nutritional supplements were supposed to be just a small addition to a well balanced diet, and yet they have become a main staple throughout the fitness world, creating a billion-dollar industry in this land of the plenty… go figure.


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Whatever happened to getting one's nutritional needs from natural foods? Nature provides us with all the ingredients necessary for building and maintaining a muscular, strong, and healthy body. Whenever possible consume foods in their natural form; free of preservatives, additives, coloring agents, etc. Keeping your nutritional intake basic is the best way for lasting health.


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So you decide weight training is the way to build a he-man physique. You purchase some equipment for the home and proceed to pump iron. Many guys who have started this way have gone on to make tremendous gains; others are continuously distracted and go nowhere. With television, cell phones, your personnel computer, and the wife and kids, it can become quite a challenge to have a great workout.


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Just lifting steel in any old fashion is definitely not the best way to go. Aside from wasting energy, you also run the risk of serious injury or worse. Rare and exotic workout routines often produce rare and exotic results, that is if you consider pulled muscles, strained backs, hernias, and broken bones exotic. Try to keep your workouts basic and intense for maximum gains.


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The idea of joining a health club can be intimating to the beginner. After all, isn't everyone going to be extraordinarily built and strong? Not necessarily, you see most gyms are stocked with members trying to either lose a few extra pounds or add some muscle mass. Luckily, there are plenty of clubs in which to choose. Try to find one that is well equipped and staffed with certified instructors. Look around the gym and get a feel for its atmosphere. A good club will have an energetic vibe that is conducive to the progress of its members.


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Be realistic when setting physical goals. Wanting to be the best in the world, with massive steel plated pectorals, 20-inch biceps, and a rock solid v-tapered back are nice goals, but don't forget your body's lower half. Your legs are the foundation upon which you stand, walk, and run. Turn them into pillars of mass, strength, and speed to create a powerfully-balanced physique that functions like a finely tuned hotrod.


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If you are a beginner to the sport of bodybuilding, you will probably need someone to show you the proper way to train. A good instructor can save you time and energy, guiding you through the basics of weight training. Find a personnel trainer who not only looks fit but also has several years experience in teaching physical culture.


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Guys train with weights for lots of reasons. Hard core bodybuilders are physique artists who sculpt their body's proportions to near perfection. They have studied and mastered the art of bodybuilding, giving each muscle on their body just the right amount of work to make it respond to their demands. The true physique man is like a maestro. He conducts his bodybuilding lifestyle into a marvelous symphony of fitness and health.


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Unlike bodybuilders, most powerlifters aren't as concerned with their physique as they are with how much weight they can lift. 'If It's Not Nailed Down - Then Lift It,' is the powerlifter's motto. Powerlifters train for pure, explosive, record breaking strength. During maximum lifts, these gladiators of steel can generate enough energy to light up a small city.


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Drugs take the body further than nature ever intended it to go. When you manipulate your body's chemical balance for the sake of artificially enhancing your physical performance, strength, or physique, you run the risk of some very serious consequences. Aside from being dangerous to a person's health, it is also an immoral practice that says volumes about the person.


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Women have a similar genetic potential to build muscle as men, only not to such a naturally large degree. Those who workout with weights look sexier, are better fit, and stay physically active longer than their counterparts do. Physical culture's version of bodybuilding for the women came of age in the late 1970s, and continues to grow today. What was once taboo has now become a recognized staple in women's health and fitness.


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A clean gym is a happy gym! How much time have you wasted searching for a dumbbell or weight-plate? Lost time between sets means less training time during the workout. When you're finished with a particular piece of equipment put it back on its place, so the next muscle builder can have an efficient workout as well.


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Train for gains not strains. It is a great thing to lift mountains of steel as long as you don't fall and crash along the way. Know your limits! Be patient and give your body time to develop its maximum strength potential. When training with the heavy stuff be sure to have someone strong spotting you as a safety precaution.


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A good way to help guarantee steady gains with your training is to have a workout partner who is motivated and willing to push you to the limit. Having someone there when you need to force out an extra rep or two is a great and safe way towards continued progress. Train with a partner who is at about the same stage of development and strength as you are, and who will be there to motivate you on days when you are lacking motivation.


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Have you ever noticed that guys with he-man size physiques tend to get some extra respect wherever they go? Make no mistake about it, size matters, and the bigger you are the more you're going to standout amongst the average folks. Once you reach he-man proportions, you may be surprised to notice that people who were a bit unkind to you in the past have now become downright friendly.


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Nothing turns a woman off more than an egomaniac. Learn to chill-out while in the public view and take an interest in what others have to say. The bigger and stronger you become the more essential it will be to develop a friendly personality. It's not all about you, and the sooner that sinks into the old cerebrum the better off we will all be.


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While being a dedicated bodybuilder is great, don't forget to enjoy the many simple pleasures in life. Every once in a while take some timeout from your training and experience the world around you. When on vacation forget about the steel and take a hike along a mountainside or a tan on a tropical beach. Relax and take it all in!


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Advanced bodybuilders are like living works of art. Wherever they go, they bring their creation with them. Some guys like to display their masterpieces at every chance they get. Men with muscle cars don't race them at every corner they turn. The same principle applies to you; save it for the competition.


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Women begging for your heart, the paparazzi stalking you, fans fighting for your autograph. Not exactly, you see the real world doesn't care if your biceps measure 12 or 20 inches. What really matters is the way you treat others and how you conduct yourself. You must be able to carry your own load in life. The first step towards being a success is to develop an intelligent and positive attitude about yourself and the world in which you live.


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