Introduction

A key component of the formula for bodybuilding success is nutrition. Nutrition is what gives us the raw materials for recuperation, energy, and growth. Without a good diet, your dreams of achieving your ideal body will never be reached.

In this article I’ll discuss the characteristics of a good bodybuilding diet and also cover the macronutrients that we need on a daily basis, as well as how much, in order to gain muscle and lose fat.

Characteristics of a Good Nutrition Program

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Introduction

In Mass Training Tactics – Part 1 we talked about how to properly cycle your bodybuilding training in order to ensure continuous gains in muscle size and strength. We discussed the importance of having Active Recovery Phases coupled with Loading and Growth Phases. This month our focus will be on how to properly implement a Growth Phase.

Like we previously mentioned in Part 1, during the Growth Phase the body is not stressed by volume. This time the stimuli for growth is heavy weights.

During this phase the following three things will happen:

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Introduction

In this article you will learn the correct way to start working towards your bodybuilding and fitness endeavors. By following these steps you will guarantee yourself quick results and save yourself from excessive soreness and injury.

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Abdominal Training For Bodybuilding

Nothing looks more impressive than a well built physique with a six pack of sharply defined abdominal muscles in front of it. Remembering that abdominal definition is entirely dependent upon an awesome bodybuilding diet(as unless you strip enough body fat from your body to get down to 6% for males and 12% for women you will not be able to clearly see your abdominals), I will present below a routine that guarantees quick results in terms of hardening the abdominal wall.

The routine below is composed of 7 abdominal exercises carefully chosen to hit both the upper and lower abdominals. You will note that it can be performed very easily in the comfort of your living room. You will also notice that no direct oblique work is present.

The reason for this is the fact that in my experience, direct oblique work only leads to a wider waistline. Besides, obliques get enough indirect stimulation from basic exercises like Squats, Deadlifts, and Standing Presses, as well as Sit-ups, V-Ups, etc.

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Since I have been talking lately to a lot of confused teenage bodybuilders who are in the same predicament today that I was back when I started in bodybuilding, I decided to cover the subject of bodybuilding workouts for teens.

I remember back in May 1990 when I picked up my first bodybuilding magazine and saw the pictures of great bodybuilders like Arnold Schwarzenegger, Lee Labrada, Shawn Ray and Lee Haney. I was mesmerized by how these guys looked and immediately I wanted to look like them; sooner rather than later. As a matter of fact, I set a goal of achieving that look in 3 years. I also remember saying to myself: “if 3 sets per exercise are good, then 6 sets will be even better and if most bodybuilders train 90 minutes a day, then I will train for three hours.” While that philosophy made perfect sense to me, and the work ethic is certainly commendable, if I would have known what I now know I would have made way more gains than I made back then and would certainly only have spent a fraction of the original time that I spent working out.

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Introduction

Through the years I have gotten many compliments on my back development. I’ve also gotten many questions regarding how to achieve a wide and thick back. In this article, I discuss back training and the principles that I’ve used to design good back training routines for myself and many others. By using this information, I guarantee you that you too will get a wide and thick looking back. [Read more…]

Bodybuilding training is composed mostly of weight training exercises. For the best results possible, your bodybuilding training should be composed of mostly free weight exercises that use dumbbells and barbells for resistance. However, I often get asked the questions: “What about bodyweight exercises? Are these useful for bodybuilding?”

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