What separates powerful bodybuilders from average ones?
In the first two parts of our current series, we explored the minute details of the competing bodybuilder’s ideal physical form. We learned that apart from the general size of a bodybuilder, judges are often looking for detailed musculature and clear distinctions among the different muscle groups.
The big question now is how can you achieve the ideal musculature of a professional bodybuilder? What traits must you possess or develop in order to pound your body into an “X-frame” worthy of Mr. Olympia?
What makes a bodybuilder worthy of being crowned a champion?
In the first part of our series, we discussed the primary traits that competition judges are looking for in professional and amateur bodybuilders.
We discovered the importance of developing the “X-form” as well as building enough mass around the joints to dwarf your joints to the point that they seem small in comparison to the muscle fibers attached to them.
What are the ideal characteristics of a bodybuilder’s body?
People go into bodybuilding for different reasons. Some engage in weightlifting exercises to lose weight and build muscle mass to improve their looks.
Others engage in bodybuilding to strengthen weak muscles and joints, as in the case of older males who are suffering from a lifetime of sedentary living. And still some engage in the sport because they want to compete in amateur and/or professional bodybuilding competitions.
If you’re interested in competing or if you’re simply interested in what the industry considers the sterling characteristics of a strong and ideal bodybuilder, you’re in luck!
How to Build Muscle while being an: endomorph, mesomorph, or ectomorph can be used to determine your physical strengths and weakness’ in the gym. Different body types require different diet plans and training regimes. I have listed below the 3 Body Types and the traits of each one.
How to Build Muscle with Different Body Types…
From an athletic point of view: ectomorphs, endomorphs, and mesomorphs can be quite distinct from each other. Ectomorphs, or linear-leaning individuals, are often better suited for activities that require speed and stamina and they generally have longer limbs. The majority of professional basketball players possess the ectomorph body type. These folks don’t gain weight easily if they have plenty of physical activity on a regular basis. Read more →
Your own DNA is a big factor when it comes to determining your natural performance and the results that you can expect to receive with specific exercises. Of course, we can’t do anything about your own genes. Genes and bodybuilding go together like so many pebbles in a tide.
What we can do is work with your genes and bodybuilding to maximize your potential.
Personally, I have seen budding bodybuilders who simply have to “smell” a few dumbbells to enhance the shape and mass of their biceps and triceps. Although, their bodies would only allow their chest muscles to develop to a certain degree.
If they wanted more mass and more distinct striations on their chests, they needed to exert two or three times more effort. On the flip side, there are bodybuilders who barely exert effort to make their chests bigger but no matter how hard they worked, they can only manage small gains to make their hips flare out properly.
In order to achieve such heights you must build a strong base of knowledge. Thinking like a pro is the first step in developing a world class physique.
Why are so many people attracted to bodybuilding and how can you start thinking like a pro while lifting?
Since Arnold Schwarzenegger and countless other Mr. Olympias in the United States began dominating the modern bodybuilding scene. It’s not surprising that countless would-be bodybuilders are flocking the nation’s gyms in search for bodybuilding gold.
The heavyweights of this generation like Ronnie Coleman and Jay Cutler have shown the world that being truly passionate about bodybuilding can transform into a fulltime and lucrative career. We’re talking about competitions with sizeable cash prizes, product endorsements, invitations to meets and more.
However, if you want to be like Arnold Schwarzenegger, you have to start to thinking like a pro.