Bodybuilding is the development of muscles through weight training and diet for health, aesthetic and/or competitive purposes.
In competitive bodybuilding, the bodybuilders perform specific poses for a panel of judges that rank the competitors according to criteria such as symmetry, musculature, and conditioning.
Someone who decides to start in bodybuilding should be very disciplined and commit to a weight training regime and change eating habits. For this reason, it is necessary to seek professional advice regarding nutrition and weight training.
Bodybuilders require more calories than the average person of the same weight to provide the protein and energy needed to support their weight training and increase muscle mass. Carbohydrates give the body energy to keep on training, and proteins are used by the body to build muscle. So bodybuilders often eat about 5 to 7 meals every day, which helps regulate their metabolism. It is also necessary to drink water continuously throughout the day to hydrate the muscles and the whole body through the weight training process. And proper rest and sleep (6 to 8 hours) are needed to give muscles the chance to recover and grow.
In addition, bodybuilders may take a wide variety of nutritional supplements to increase muscle size, reduce fat, increase natural testosterone production, improve weight training performance and prevent possible nutrient deficiencies.
Bodybuilding is more than lifting heavy weights. It requires dedication, hard work, and commitment. Bodybuilding is the lifestyle of those who train to build a better body.