Natural Bodybuilding

In the sport of bodybuilding, there are many supplements that can be used to grow muscles quickly, but many of these substances are man-made like steroids. Natural bodybuilding is done without the benefit of artificial substances being put into the body. That doesn’t mean not using bodybuilding supplements as many of these are natural products. What it means is staying away from man-made hormones and steroids to aid in building body mass.

The bodybuilding industry has taken a very firm stance on the use of illegal and artificial substances – especially in competitions. There are even specific contests geared toward natural body builders. Most competitions will test participants prior to allowing them to compete, and if someone is found to have an illegal substance in their body, they are banned from participating.

Natural Bodybuilding

Natural Bodybuilding

While synthetic products will grow your body very quickly, they can have horrible side effects. The trend toward natural bodybuilding is about growing your body, maximizing your nutritional intake, as well as staying healthy while you are growing your muscles.

When you decide that natural bodybuilding is the route you want to go, it’s important that you get the right amount of nutrients and vitamins that will maximize your workout sessions. That means taking a multi-vitamin and eating properly in ways that will send muscle building proteins to the right parts of your body.

It is more than possible to grow your body naturally through an effective weight training program coupled with good nutrition. There is no reason why steroids or growth hormones need to be introduced into the body for ultimate muscle mass.

One of the key components of a natural bodybuilding program is to eat healthy and maintain a positive mindset when it comes to your workout program. Supplements are also important when you want toned, fit muscles. The ingredients in supplements like creatine and glutamine are naturally produced in the human body anyway. What the supplements do is increase or enhance those substances that are naturally there anyway.

Proponents of natural bodybuilding will agree that an effective workout program coupled with effective supplements and nutrition can make for a healthy, toned body. Natural bodybuilding is definitely the way to go if your goal in a bodybuilding program is to get healthy and feel good. Steroids and growth hormones should be avoided at all costs.

Bodybuilding the natural way is best for everyone. Steroids are not. Don’t take the chance that you will suffer ill effects from steroid use. Just know that a strong workout program and a commitment to your bodybuilding goals will grow your body in a natural way not an artificial way.

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9 Rules To Keep Lean When Your Traveling

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Pack Smart
There are six little things I always bring with me just in case. Since none of these items need to be refrigerated, all can be easily stowed away in your checked luggage.

Pre-portioned oats

Keep some complex carbs on hand. It’s better to bring along the right carbs than have to resort to scarfing down something unnecessarily unhealthy.

I typically pack enough for 3/4 cup every day as well as an emergency stash of a few additional cups just in case I need to use oats for my evening carb source.

Almond Butter

Heart-healthy unsaturated fats are essential to a well-rounded diet. Pack a source of healthy fats so you know exactly where yours come from.

Quest bars

Quest bars are all natural, low in carbs and sugar, and high in protein. Double-check the nutritional information on your go-to protein bar to make sure it’s not just candy in disguise.

Protein powder

This is a must. Scoop out enough for 1-2 servings per day, and store them in plastic baggies for easy access.

Measuring cups

If you’re anything like me, measuring cups will be handy for meting out your almond butter and morning berries.

Blender

Looking to take things even further? Pack an individual-sized blender to make super food smoothie.

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Request Kitchen Staples
Call the hotel and request a room with a microwave and refrigerator.

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Prioritize Produce
Stop by the local grocery store to get some go-to fruits and veggies. My personal favorites are snap peas, microwavable bags of broccoli, and apples.

4
Seek Out A Gym
Find out if the hotel has a gym, or where to find the gym closest to where you are staying. If there is no gym, go for a morning run or do a bodyweight workout in your room.

This can include basics like squats, push-ups, chair dips, pistol squats, and burpees, as well as core exercises like planks, bicycle crunches, and V-ups.

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Go A La Carte
Customize the hotel menu to meet your macros. Most hotels have a restaurant, and you should be able to order a la carte items. My go-to breakfast at the hotel is a 6-egg-white and veggie omelet with 3/4 cup oats and berries.

In the rare instance where this is impossible, I make a shake in my room with unsweetened vanilla almond milk, a scoop of protein, spinach, and blueberries. I have that with a side of oatmeal.

If you find yourself even more limited, mix a scoop of protein into your oatmeal and add some berries for a delicious concoction. All of these options are high in protein and offer up the right amount of complex carbs and morning sugars.

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Think Portable
When ordering at restaurants, stick to lean fish, veggies, and complex carbs. Ask the chef to hold the butter and oils and get sauces on the side. Skip the wine and order an extra glass of water. If it’s a special occasion, or you have a real hankering to indulge, stick to a glass of red wine or a vodka soda—just make sure it’s not a regular occurrence.

When ordering at restaurants, stick to lean fish, veggies, and complex carbs.

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Customize The Menu
When working long hours, I often have to cut my workouts short. Instead of being able to leisurely take my time, I’m often limited to one hour from start to finish. I make the most of my time by pushing hard, doing supersets, and sticking to a short 45-60 second rest period between sets.

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Have Forethought
I can’t stress this enough: Plan in advance. Think about your trip, anticipate your environment, and bring what you need so you’re not stuck without any healthy options.

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Drink Up
Stay hydrated, and make sure you take in enough fluids. The stale air circulating in airports makes me super dehydrated, so I always bring an empty shaker bottle with me through security to fill up at the drinking fountain before boarding my flight. I pack all my travel day meals in my carry-on so I’m set in case of any delays.

Stay hydrated, and make sure you take in enough fluids.

An extra scoop of protein or a Quest bar is also a great, easy grab-and-go option. Also, make sure to pack supplements ahead of time and store vitamins in baggies so you know what to take and when to take it.

Clean Eating On Car Trips

While the distance might be shorter, road trips come with their own set of nutritional hurdles. But prepping food in advance, having easily portable snacks on hand, and choosing healthy fast food alternatives when necessary can help you avoid gas-station temptation.

Hug the curves of the road without packing unnecessary weight onto your curves with these road trip tips.

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Bring a cooler full of goodies
Packing plenty of water and healthy snacks like your favorite sliced fruits and veggies, yogurt, almonds, Quest bars, and hummus is the best option.

You’ll be able to stick to your macros and have a strong line of defense against temptation when hunger strikes.

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Choose smart
If you’re gassing up and can’t resist grabbing a snack from the attached mini mart, shop smart. Gas stations usually have pre-made protein drinks in the cooler—grab one of those and a protein bar, if needed.

Plain (not movie theater butter) popcorn is another option to help satisfy that need to munch.

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Redefine fast food
OK, so you’re not going to make fast food healthy, but you can make healthier menu choices. Grilled chicken patties sans bun are a healthier option.

Also, salads with light dressing on the side—as opposed to salads doused in the creamy, full-fat alternative—are generally a safe option.

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My Mentor, My Friend By Arnold Schwarzenegger

I was saddened by the news that my dear friend Larry Scott passed away this March. Larry was a wonderful guy; always smiling, always complimentary, and always the consummate gentleman. But Larry also had a huge impact on me politically—one so profound that it would inform my policymaking when I served as California’s governor.

Larry Scott had been a hero to me since I started lifting weights back in the early 1960’s. Along with guys like Reg Park, Steve Reeves, and Bill Pearl, Larry represented the very best of bodybuilding at the time, and he stood as an example of what I hoped to become. I first got the chance to meet Larry when he guest posed at the 1966 Mr. Europe competition, held in Germany. Originally I had seriously questioned whether I even wanted to compete, since I’d already placed second in the Mr. Universe contest. But when I heard Larry would be there I knew I had to make the pilgrimage; I had to meet him. After I won he came out, and the place absolutely erupted. There was no question: he was a superstar, yet he couldn’t have been more gracious or friendlier to the lumbering young contest winner who greeted him in severely broken English.

When Joe Weider brought me to America in late 1968 my first thought was that I wanted to train where the great Larry Scott trained, which was Vince Gironda’s gym in Studio City, in the San Fernando Valley area of Los Angeles. Larry had retired from competitive bodybuilding by that point (he would make a brief comeback in 1979) but would still frequent Vince’s, and so I got to know him during my earliest days on American soil.

Just as when we’d met two years earlier in Germany, Larry was warm and friendly, and in time he would become a mentor. He was a treasure trove of invaluable training and nutrition information and I cherished the opportunity to train with him whenever I could. Yet for as much as Larry had influenced me in terms of training and nutrition, his biggest impact had nothing to do with bodybuilding at all.

When I met Larry he was selling insurance, and he was the first person to explain to me the importance of having coverage as a resident of the United States. I was used to the Austrian system, where everyone had health coverage. At the time Joe Weider only paid me $60 per week, though, so I wasn’t sure I could afford insurance. However, Larry found a plan that cost just $23.40 a month, so I went for it. He also convinced me of the importance of having disability insurance: My profession was my body, and if anything happened to it I’d have no income. So, I bucked up for an additional $5 a month for disability insurance. I wasn’t sure I’d ever need any of it, but the knowledge that I had it gave me comfort.

In 1972 Larry Scott’s guidance paid dividends. In South Africa, during a guest posing appearance, the stage fell apart and I went down, tearing a ligament in my left knee. In November of that year I had surgery to repair the damage, which was, thankfully, covered by my insurance plan. Moreover, because I was unable to do the posing appearances that were part of my income at the time, my disability insurance kicked in. I didn’t even have to fight for it. Larry Scott had saved me from going broke!

When I became Governor of California and pushed for healthcare reform to cover everyone, people said, “You’re a Republican. Why are you interested in this?”

I didn’t think of it as a Democrat or Republican issue. Between my Austrian upbringing and Larry’s quick intervention when I arrived in America, health insurance has always been a no-brainer for me.

All of this is to say that Larry Scott has had a major effect on my life and on my way of thinking in profound ways, and that without his friendship and guidance I wouldn’t be the man I am today.                                      ( Larry Scott  October 12, 1938 to March 12, 2014 )

 

 

 

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How to Stand Out in Bodybuilding Competitions

As you may nor may not know, bodybuilding competitions can be competitive, as well as nerve-racking. It is important that you distinguish yourself from the competition that you are up against as quickly as possible. You have to train very hard to make sure you’re in the best shape of your life. You have to impress the judges with a well-planned routine as well. The following information will help you do much better after bodybuilding competition using straightforward strategies and tactics.

The first thing you need to remember is that your diet needs to be very specific when bodybuilding. Once you have entered a competition, this becomes even more vital to be careful of. Since you want to appear as defined and cut as possible, you have to be careful about the quality and quantity of all your meals. You definitely should avoid unhealthy fats and carbs, as these will simply add unwanted fat to your body.

How to Stand Out in Bodybuilding Competitions

How to Stand Out in Bodybuilding Competitions

Focus on lean proteins, complex carbohydrates and plenty of vegetables. Minimize the amount of salt and sugar that you take, and don’t drink alcohol. You need to get into the habit of drinking lots of water to fill your best when working out. It is so important to watch your diet. You need to be very careful to three months out from the competition itself. Having a tanned body seems to be standard for contestants in a bodybuilding competition, as you’ve probably realized if you’ve ever been to an actual competition. This is something you have to handle prudently because you can harm yourself, and your chances, if you overdo this issue. You don’t want your skin to get dried out, and you certainly don’t want the orange tint that certain artificial tanning products leave. There’s no doubt that if you have a nice, healthy tan, it will show you off at your best advantage. If you have a favorite tanning product that you know works well for you, then by all means use it. If you’re going to be experimenting with new products, however, do so with caution. We’re not suggesting that you avoid direct sunlight or the tanning booth, only that you experience either, or both, in moderation.

As you probably know, bodybuilders use lots of oil on their bodies when posing during the competition. The reason the bodybuilders use oil is to show off the definition of their muscles much more easily. Not every contest allows you to do this. Don’t count on using oils for every competition since not all of them allow you to do this. If it is allowed, then use it by all means. Remember not to use too much. You may not impress every judge by doing this. Just in case, go with a happy medium, using just enough to get by. If you want to buy some, most bodybuilding supplement stores, online or off-line, sell this product. Bodybuilders work hard at their sport. Entering and winning competitions is where all the dedication and hard work pays off. And so, when you feel ready, enter a couple of contests and give your very best performance. This will start building up your confidence for competing. Your experiences when you are new to bodybuilding should be thought of as learning experiences. Therefore, don’t become discouraged if you don’t win when you are new. Nevertheless, it’s possible that you might win, so don’t give up. The knowledge you accumulate during these early competitions will help you perform better in the future.

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Female Bodybuilding Videos

With the rising popularity of female bodybuilding, videos that showcase the sport are available in many, many places. Sculpting the perfect female body has become an obsession for many women these days. When you are able to build a great body, what better way to showcase that body than with your very own video?

If you are a female involved heavily in bodybuilding, you may want to look into making your own video. Many people these days own their own video cameras. Have a friend tape you posing in different positions and then view the way you look to make sure that you are working all parts of your body to their maximum potential

Female Bodybuilding Videos

Female Bodybuilding Videos

You may want to look into finding female bodybuilding videos so that you have a goal to aspire to. When you are able to view a woman’s body that has been worked to near perfection, it can be great motivation to keep on with your workout regimen. Believe it or not, there are many, many places where you can find female bodybuilding videos.

Start with amazon.com to find female bodybuilding videos. They have over 50 selections that you can choose from that feature women who are posing, in competitions, or performing exercises. You can use these videos as motivation as well as models to strive for in your bodybuilding workout.

Check out some of the hardcore bodybuilding sites for some great female bodybuilding videos. They offer up a variety of videos that can showcase some of the top women in the field of bodybuilding. When you buy a video of female body builders, you will learn some of the best ways to work your body naturally.

If you are a member of a local gym, ask them for their advice about what female bodybuilding videos would help you the best. They will most likely be able to provide you with at least a few places for you to look. Many gyms also have their own libraries of videos that can help you along the way in your bodybuilding goals.

Don’t pay too much money for your videos. Do a quick Internet search for female bodybuilding videos and see what exactly is out there. You can come across videos that will help you along the road toward your bodybuilding goals.

Even though bodybuilding has generally been thought of as a man’s sport, women are starting to take over. When you find a women’s bodybuilding video, take notes and emulate what these women are doing to sculpt beautiful bodies. Then you can take their advice and do what they do to make your body look the way you always dreamed it could look.

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