The arsenal of a professional bodybuilder is very large. Many people in the sport are wondering what makes a distinction between steroids and legal supplementation. And from the standpoint of true natural bodybuilder phrasing “legal supplementation” does not sound natural at all.
And from philosophical standpoint is bodybuilding natural at all? Instead of rethinking terms and discussing what’s natural or not it’s better to take a dive into natural bodybuilding and remain inside legal supplementation boundaries.
Natural means not using steroids or other substances that can enhance your performance and help you reach your goals faster. Natural bodybuilding is organic and healthy approach towards healthier lifestyle, fat burning, increasing and shaping muscle mass. Without further a do let’s get down to business. In this article we are going to cover the basics of what you need to consider before getting into natural bodybuilding.
Be Ready to Make Commitment
Getting into natural bodybuilding means that you will need to make changes to your lifestyle. It is important to know in this stage that changing a lifestyle is not as easy as it may sound. You will have to make a commitment and embark on a mission of somewhat rigorous regime. Since you are not going to be using enhancing chemicals you will need to work more to overcome your genetics.
This simply means that at some point you will reach your maximum and you won’t be able to make that much of a noticeable progress at this point since you won’t be using “the juice”. The progressions curve of natural bodybuilders is not that steep. It takes time to get adjusted to diet and taking supplements.
The fact is that building muscle naturally will is also a bit slower, but don’t let this discourage you. Your goals still remain within the reach, it’s just you will need more time and dedication to reach them.
Diet Regime and Supplements
Natural bodybuilding revolves around healthy diet and consumption of supplements. Since proteins are main building blocks of muscles you will need to increase daily protein intake. General advice is to consume at least 1 gr of protein per pound of bodyweight on daily basis.
This value may even go up to 2 grams / pound of bodyweight when you are working yourself for some competition. As protein source you can use eggs, clean meats (beef, poultry, lean pork). The healthiest protein supplement is whey protein powder. Always go with quality whey protein products and make sure they are not amino-spiked and sugar-free.
Standard part of a healthy natural diet are carbs. Our bodies look at carb as main source of the energy. Proteins and fats are also energy sources but our body has to transform them into carbs before using them. This is why intake of carbs has to be regular. Regular intake is between 2- 3 grams of carbs per pound of bodyweight each day.
Except during cutting phase, when daily intake of carbs has to be downgraded to 1 gr per pound of bodyweight. Keep in mind that complex carbs are more efficient energy sources because we digest them slowly (green vegetables, whole grain pasta, oatmeal, bread). Since I have touched the vegetable topic, they are important part of natural bodybuilder’s diet. Anywhere from 6 to 9 servings per day is going to be more than enough to provide your body with enough fibers.
Healthy diet never excludes fats. This is why natural bodybuilders emphasise the importance of healthy fat intake. Fats are essential for muscle protection and repair. The only ones that you have to avoid are trans-fats. Recommended sources of fat are: almonds, olives, avocados, cashews, chia & flax seeds.
Workout Schedule and Rest
Be ready to make a plan for your workout and to take it seriously. You should work out different muscle groups each day in order to give them rest. Your workout doesn’t necessarily have to be complicated. If you are unfamiliar with the ways of training in gym, you can always look for a gym with professional trainer.
Once you are learn how to properly lift weights you can organize your workout however you want. Bottom line, this part does not differ from non-natural bodybuilding. It just takes more commitment as the time has to pass before you see results. This is why you have to stay consistent with workout regime.
During time you will learn how to listen to your body. Don’t forget to give your muscles some much needed rest to recuperate. During these breaks you stay physically engaged. For instance, fast paced 30 – 45 mins long walks are great way to improve your cardiovascular system.
In the end, as you can see natural bodybuilding is all about staying healthy and inside the boundaries. Once you start a new diet , supplementation program and workout – rest regime the results will follow. Maybe not as fast as if you were on some chemicals. But, on the other hand, you won’t have to worry about your kidneys, liver or libido.