I get asked this question a lot. In fact, it’s perhaps one of the most common questions, and, like anything else in bodybuilding, is subject to much fanfare, conflicting opinions and debate.
Bodybuilding is such an exciting sport, and its participants so keen to learn the latest news, gossip, tips and tricks and reviews on the hottest new products, that I sometimes think we make perfect fodder for the muscle mag industry.
The difference between cardio and building muscle is like night and day – meaning you need to understand what your actual goal is. Are you looking for a little tone, more endurance and stamina or do you wish to look good with larger muscles?
When you utilize your muscles during a heavy workout, they are depleted of their glycogen – which is what provides the energy to perform exercise to begin with. Having adequate glycogen stores at all times is also important for promoting muscle growth, repair and recovery.
It will happen – at some point during your bodybuilding ‘career’ shall we say, you will hit plateaus, and some are easier to beat than others. Usually a lack of food is to blame and one can often simply eat more calories per day and get right back on track making more strength and size gains. Other times it’s not …
You no doubt recognise that protein is important for ensuring muscle growth and a diet rich in protein is beneficial, though there are many arguments when it comes down to specifics such as how much you should consume per day – it seems no-one can agree – not even the so-called experts or professional bodybuilders.
Creatine has long been the hottest supplement for bodybuilders and various other athletes to use. But, what exactly is creatine, is it natural, and, are there any harmful effects from using it?