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Thread: Intro to body building

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    Intro to body building

    I've always trained but never "classically trained" as a body builder

    Where/how is the best place to start? I imagine there is much to learn even outside the gym.

    I'd like to try an amateur show next year or something.

    Any advice or feedback?

    Thanks

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    What are your stats?


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    Best place to start is at the kitchen table, followed by the gym. Nutrition - training - time - discipline = results.
    In the mean time try and go to some shows in your area and see what they're all about. Particularly pre-judging if you can. Here's a great site to keep up with contests around the country and to get ideas of what competitors in your group look like. Basically every npc contest is posted within days of the show.

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    Quote Originally Posted by charger69 View Post
    What are your stats?


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    6'0, 196.8lbs, 10.5% BF

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    Quote Originally Posted by kelkel View Post
    Best place to start is at the kitchen table, followed by the gym. Nutrition - training - time - discipline = results.
    In the mean time try and go to some shows in your area and see what they're all about. Particularly pre-judging if you can. Here's a great site to keep up with contests around the country and to get ideas of what competitors in your group look like. Basically every npc contest is posted within days of the show.

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    Ive actually seen that site and another similar that was more of a localized one, basically events in my state. That's what perked my interest.

    I appreciate your feedback

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    Kelkel basically said it all. The diet is basically what prevents most people from competing. I started competing late (at age 48).
    There are tested and non tested competitions. I am assuming that you are going into the non tested.
    Your stats look pretty good as a beginner. I recommend that you go to a competition to see it first.
    You will need someone to help you with the posing, diet and cycles.
    You will need to make sacrifices.
    If I can do it, you certainly can. I will never be a Mr. O or even a pro, but if there is anything I can help you with, let me know.
    I am planning on starting this year competing at larger events.


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    Quote Originally Posted by charger69 View Post
    Kelkel basically said it all. The diet is basically what prevents most people from competing. I started competing late (at age 48).
    There are tested and non tested competitions. I am assuming that you are going into the non tested.
    Your stats look pretty good as a beginner. I recommend that you go to a competition to see it first.
    You will need someone to help you with the posing, diet and cycles.
    You will need to make sacrifices.
    If I can do it, you certainly can. I will never be a Mr. O or even a pro, but if there is anything I can help you with, let me know.
    I am planning on starting this year competing at larger events.


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    I appreciate your feedback, there is a couple pro gyms somewhat local to me and I was considering hiring a coach after I had got more background knowledge.

    I admire and respect the amount of time, work and dedication people have to put in for this sport. I would like to learn the discipline.

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    So much plays into all this like I said in my previous post. Main thing is to set some short term goals, particularly with nutrition. Some common verbiage you'll see here is this, and it holds true: If you're 200 lbs and want to be 220 lbs then you have to eat like a 220 lb man and continue to do so, otherwise you lose your hard earned muscle. You have to support it. It's hard, really hard at times to eat all you need to make gains. I get tired of eating, I'm almost never hungry as the meals are close together. But I know that this works.

    Remember you grow at home when eating and resting so you don't have to spend your life in the gym. Have a plan, get in and get out. Take it seriously. Socialize another time, not during your workout. Wear headphones to avoid distractions / conversations. If you have the funds a trainer can be a great idea, particularly if they're a good one, but that can be hard to find. Especially one who specializes in actual bodybuilding, not just fitness. There's a big difference between the two.

    Rant over for now!
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    I'll reiterate what these fellows said:

    30% physical training
    70% diet

    Your split doesn't matter anywhere near as much as your attention to diet. You'll constantly be tweaking it at first until you find a method that works for you.
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    For me, diet is the hardest part. Especially 12 weeks then 6 weeks out. That's when the muscles start to pop out. Training is the easy part really. Cardio even when bulking I think is important. You won't burn muscle if you're not doing crazy amounts and starving yourself.
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    Nutrition is by far the hardest part especially once in the last 2-6 wks then the last 2 are brutal - no energy lethargic dropping and pulling your water etc but I'd give it lil a while and study and learn your body on on levels diet training recovery etc etc

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