I have always seen bodybuilding as a sport for only very muscular men and women. When it comes to exercise, I would only do cardiovascular activities (running, cycling, aerobics classes) as I though I would get too muscular if I did weight training.
That all changed, when I got invited by a friend to one of the body building competitions in Jamaica in 2014. To my surprise, there were competitors that were not very muscular. The perception I had was very misguided. Some of the competitors were toned and looked really good; flat stomachs, chiseled abs and perky glutes. I wanted a body like that as well and I was convinced I could achieve it. That very day, my body building journey started.
In this series of articles, I’m going to show you how to become a bodybuilder, if it is something you would like to pursue. The beauty about this lifestyle is that you don’t have to be a competitor to follow it. You can follow this method if you would like to look good and build lean muscles without comprising your nutrition and internal health.
10 principles of competitive bodybuilding to transform your health
Bodybuilding is not a one size fits all type of lifestyle. It’s more about what works best for you. However, there are some steps that I think you should follow that normally works regardless of your fitness goals. My bodybuilding experiences comprises of the implementing the following 10 principles:
- Know Your Goal
- Know the 6 steps of preparation
- Get a Trainer – Social Support
- Choose the Right Supplements
- Eat Clean
- Get Adequate Sleep
- Exercise Correctly
- Create Consistent
- Establish Patient
- Be Confident
These principles were very vital to my bodybuilding journey as they helped me stay on right track to place sixth in my competition in 2015 with only six weeks of training.
I must admit that I didn’t always follow some of the principles every day to the “T” but most of the times I stayed true to the guide. The diet principles that I’ll teach you about in this series were by far the hardest steps to follow as it took a lot of willpower to not eat my comfort foods. However, I was able to maintain this lifestyle even long after my competition as it eventually became a habit.
At the end of this series, you will have a better understanding of how you can implement the 10 principles of competitive bodybuilding to transform your health for the better. You’ll learn how you can take these 10 principles to gain more lean muscle mass, more endurance all without compromising the integrity of your internal health. I’ll teach you all of these things regardless if you want to build your body on a casual basis or competitively.
My hope is that these 10 principles become part of your lifestyle as they did for me. You’ll soon see how your personal health, energy, and fitness life all around will drastically improve for the better.
Click here to learn all about the 1st principle of competitive bodybuilding.