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arnold bodybuildingStarting a bodybuilding regimen can be a daunting experience for some of us since a visit to the local gym is all about intimidating, big armed men and lean, muscular women training intensely with a serious attitude. Even the vocabulary seems like an alien language: stacking, reps, pyramid training, gastrocnemius, spotting, and periodization. If that was not all, the expensive array of equipment is sure to bamboozle some of us in more than just one way.

If you are a newbie to bodybuilding, it is important that you first know what this is all about so that you are absolutely clear of what to expect.

What is Bodybuilding?

You should always remember that bodybuilding is more than just about hugely muscled, oiled up men flexing their gargantuan biceps until they threaten to pop out of their arms. It is an art that is perfected with months of sincere efforts, the right guidance, and dedication.

There are no shortcuts or secrets to success, though, some training methods are smarter and better than others. All one needs is to write down all of their goals for starting and realistic expectations of what he or she hopes to achieve in the short and long term and then attain such goals and objectives with a clearly-defined program.

Bodybuilding is the smart use of progressive resistance exercise for controlling and developing one's musculature. In other words, it is about using the weight force of gravity to oppose the force generated by muscles of the body through concentric (a type of muscle contraction in which the muscles shorten while generating force) or eccentric contraction (lengthening contraction wherein the muscle elongates while under tension due to an opposing force greater than the muscle can generate). To sum it up, it is is best sport to make your body proportionally shaped and fit.

Benefits of Bodybuilding

One of the biggest benefits of bodybuilding is that it helps in dramatically reducing the risk of developing coronary heart diseases and bodybuilders are better positioned than others to reduce and control obesity, high cholesterol, and high blood pressure. It is also beneficial to keep the muscle strong, flexible and help avoid health conditions like arthritis and osteoporosis.

Bodybuilding is also one of the best ways to boost a sense of mental well being while reducing stress, anxiety, and depression. It is useful to increase the levels of self-esteem and confidence while developing a positive self-image. In addition it helps bodybuilders deal with mood swings and negative emotions. That's not all, bodybuilding workouts can be second to none for helping one sleep better and reduce psychological tension and fatigue. Aerobic exercises and weight training can prove their worth in more than just that way. It can be used to treat depression naturally and distract the mind "positively" from worries and hurdles of life to help people gain control of body, mind, and life.

What Is The Best Time Of Day For Bodybuilding?

Before we come out with the verdict, let us first find out how the body behaves during different phases of the day so that you know the purpose behind this "reasoned decision."

In the morning, the level of testosterone is at its peak but body temperature is still low. Also, the level of mental alertness tends to peak late morning. In the afternoon, pain tolerance is the highest compared to other phases of the body. Moreover, there is a rising trend for body temperature and adrenaline during late afternoon and this time period also denotes an optimum period of physical and mental function balance. In the evening, lung performance is at its best though mental focus is waning. At this point of time, strength, flexibility, stamina, body temperature, and coordination are at a peak.

Also, morning is the best time for building muscles as testosterone levels are at their highest and the primary male sex hormone is critical in protein synthesis and rebuild muscle fiber damaged in weight training. On the other hand, afternoons are best for breaking plateaus by employing muscle shocking techniques as the pain threshold is the highest, while, evenings are best for strongest performance as the body is best positioned at this time for intense physical activities.

  • If you have a slow metabolism (endomorph body), it is best to hit the gym in the mornings so that the body can use energy from your fat storage.
  • If you have a fast metabolism (ectomorph body), it is best to work out in the evenings as there will be food in the body to be used as a fuel.

From the above conclusions, one can easily make out that not all organs and functions of the body will be at their peak at the same times of the day. Therefore, afternoon emerges out to be the winner for weight training.

All in all, you can make great inroads with bodybuilding if you treat it as a way of life and not a cosmetic challenge. Sincere efforts and the right guidance are all you need to be a successful bodybuilder over a period of time.

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Albert Wolfgang is a professional medical writer with over 20 years of experience. He hold multiple personal training certifications, including the coveted NASM and AFAA certificates. He graduated with honors with a B.S. and M.S. in biochemistry with a minor in physical studies. Albert and his team have trained over 100 IFBB professional bodybuilders, including Hollywood stars and many up and coming fitness stars.

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