Building muscle

By Darren

Body Building

The sport of body building and building muscle has grown steadily in popularity over the years.  From its heyday in the 1970’s to now, technological advances as well as nutritional advances have made body building a sport that focuses on the art of the human body and what is possible when it is pushed.

Body building is more than just lifting weights, however.  To have an effective body building program, you have to focus on many different things – especially if you are serious about your goals.  In fact, setting goals can be one of the most important parts of an effective body building program.  What do you want to accomplish when you start body building?  Keep your goal always at the forefront of your mind so you don’t get off track.

A serious body building routine is also very much about your diet and nutritional choices.  Body building requires a lot of energy.  We get energy from calories that we consume.  Our muscles also respond to other nutrients such as protein and fats to bring growth hormones to the muscles we want to strengthen and tone.  A proper diet is very important in any body building program.

Another huge aspect of a workout routine is to get plenty of rest.  When you begin lifting weights and working out to build your body, you will be doing a small amount of damage to your muscles.  When your body is in a sedentary state during sleep, your muscles will work to repair themselves and grow in the process.

You must have a balanced body building workout routine in order to focus on certain muscle groups and grow your entire body.  You’ll need to include not only weight lifting, but a cardio workout is also important.  The entire body needs to be healthy and that includes your heart.  When you have a strong heart muscle, you’ll be able to workout more effectively.

A positive mindset can be one of THE most important parts of a body building program.  It’s easy to give up when you start to push yourself.

Remember why you want to start the whole thing in the first place and be positive that you will be able to do it.  Staying positive can push you even more than you thought possible.

Body building is so much more than just performing exercises and lifting weights to get big.  You have to concentrate on your whole body – not just the muscles.  When you start a body building program, know what these components are and then focus on your goals as you workout.  You will grow your mind right along with your body, and that can be the most satisfying part of all!



  1. JEFFREY ELLIS says:

    HI guys, i do hope you can shed some light on my confusion and bodybuilding problems. I am 5ft 10″ 45yrs old and have been training a long time, with a vast knowledge of exercises and various programs from GIRONDA style and techniques to modern ideas. I train 2 body parts at a time 8-12 reps 3x a week and sometimes, train full body 3x a week with just the heavy basic exercises for reps of 3×5 -5×5 or 2×6 mainly for strength. My problem is my weight and size i desire. I am 19stone certainly as heavy as i would ever like to be, in fact i would probably look better at 14 or maybe 16 stone at my height as i was never a big guy,when i left school at age 16 i was only 9 and a half stone and good genetics don’t favour me or run in my family. I don’t have the muscle size or shape i desire. I want a better V to my back and it could also do with being wider particularly right under the armpit, and as for my chest i just cannot seem to develop the area around the clavicles even though i do plenty of incline work. However if the only way to get bigger is to add body weight then i am confused as i see in some mags and in gyms or on the net guys which are natural trainers, but lighter than me ( you may be yourself ) and yet they have larger better developed physiques than what i have, obviously body builders cant continuously add bodyweight to get bigger, if this was the case they would be as large as full grown elephants with 200 inch arms if you get my meaning, there is a cut of point where weight increase will stop. So how do i add more muscle size without the added weight, it needs to be pure muscle weight devoid of any or as much fat as possible and hopefully with an overall reduced bodyweight. I do need to loose some body fat but this is a area i hope i can cover with you at a later date.
    Many many thanks for your time,
    Jeffrey Ellis..

    • Darren says:

      What they don’t show you in the mags and videos is when that particular bodybuilder is in his mass stages he looks what we call puffy muscles i have seen pictures of Jay Cutler in his mass stages you can see he works out my god it would be impossible not to be able to tell but he doesn’t look like
      The Jay Cutler we all know, the bottom line is that you need to shift the fat you might not think you have allot of fat but you are probably holding allot of mass and water which will never give you that v-shape, send me a quick out lay of what your diet is like.
      The other point is it is possible to add more muscle without adding weight it just means the muscles will get more defined instead of getting larger the only way to get bigger muscles as in inches is to increase in body weight this might sound a bit conflicting but if you read it enough times it does make sense.
      Let me know if this is any help thanks Darren.