Should Beginners Train Like Superstars?
Should Beginners Train Like Superstars?
By Frederick C. Hatfield, PhD
"Do what I say, kid, not what I do!" How many times have you heard that? Of course, Joe Superstar, ego racing wild, says it to impress upon the young bodybuilder that he — Joe — is far advanced and more genetically gifted than the youngster. No way could the kid even approach the training feats and onstage charisma of Joe Superstar.
Wrong, wrong, wrong.
Now, I could explain this important concept to you in a lot of ways. Ever hear of the ladder of intensity embodied in the famous Weider principles? These carefully conceived doctrines posit that as you progress in bodybuilding stature, you must continually increase the intensity of your training In order to continue that progress.
Makes sense, and these principles apply to kids and superstars alike. But let me explain it in a way that you perhaps have never heard before. The explanation is based upon the (somewhat obvious) notion that there's a best way to do everything. There may be no "wrong" way or "right" way, but there is a best way, and a progressive route that you must follow in order to determine that best way for you.
Now, let's get one thing dear. Most top bodybuilders don't train anywhere near the best way. It makes me wonder why in the world any youngsters would even care to emulate them. What the superstars of yesterday did to become great is no longer enough. You will have to battle with men infinitely more knowledgeable than yesteryear's greats ever encountered!
I like the Weider Principles. They represent years of in-the-trenches experience, far more than esoteric research projects performed by starry-eyed masters candidates could contrive. http://oliveleafextractsite.com/
Some interpretations of these principles, however, fail to take a universal approach to bodybuilding. Bodybuilding is an endeavor that must be approached from at least the following perspectives:
I) Training: what you actually do in the gym or during conditioning sessions outside the gym.
2) Diet: how you eat and what you eat to support your training efforts.
3) Supplementing: the substances you ingest that provide both ergogenic and anabolic support to your training, as well as fat reduction, pain management, mental concentration, general health, recovery, recuperation and replacement functions.
4) Therapeutic Modalities: techniques that promote the same increased functions listed above for supplements./
5) Psychological Techniques: behavior modification techniques designed to assist you in your cognitive and reactive approaches to your chosen path as a champion bodybuilder.
6) Skill: both the physical training techniques that must be employed as well as the onstage performance aspects of competition that must be mastered.
It should be clear that everything you do — your very existence — must be attuned to your objectives of championship status in bodybuilding in order to truly make it in today's (or tomorrow 's) world of competitive bodybuilding.
How many superstars do you knw who even approach this kind dedication? And, upon realizing that almost none do, what in the world would you want to emulate them for? Instead, why not take your training to the next level? That, fellow iron freaks, is what you'll have to do to beat today's superstars. Low testosterone in men.
So, what's the best way to become a superstar? Rather obvious, isn't it? lake the accompanying test, answering yes or no — truthfully, if you please to the questions. Your score will reflect whether you're on the path to becoming all that you can become in bodybuilding. If you score tow, it probably means that you're bodybuilding for a reason other than achieving your maximum potential. Maybe for fun? For sex? For health? For status? All good reasons, to he sure. But forget ascending to the throne of Mr, or Ms. Olympia. To do that, you'll have to score perfect on this quiz. IE
SCORE YOUR BODYBUILDING POTENTIAL TRAINING
Yes / No
1) Do you train every day as dictated by your individual muscle recovery' rate?
2) Do you limit your training sessions to 90 minutes or less?
3) Do you maintain high intensity throughout your training session?
4) Do you take into account your muscle cells' diverse functions in your sets, reps, movement speed DIET and rest periods?
5) Do you consume enough calories to get you to your next meal?
6) Are you getting the proper ratio of fat, carbohydrate and pro-win at each meal?
7) Is your preworkout meal comprised of low glycemic index foods?
8) Are you eating at least five meals per day? SUPPLEMENTING
9) Do you wisely choose only those supplements that have a wide variety of nutrients and benefits?
10) Are you a PATIENT person who doesn't need immediate results to feel satisfation?