Get Realistic About Your Bodybuilding Program
Welcome to a brand-new year. If you have goals to embark on a bodybuilding journey during 2018, you’ve come to the right place. There are thousands of resources out there to help you get started on this journey of growth and gains, but we’re going to make sure you have the most sound and safe advice. Let’s get started.
First of all, make sure your mindset is right going into this new lifestyle. Bodybuilding programs require a ton of patience, positivity, motivation, commitment, research, and consistency. You’re not going to see results overnight – if someone does see results overnight (or even in a week), that usually means they made some drastic changes that aren’t safe, healthy, or effective in the long run. Your best bet is to do things safely and over an extended amount of time. In other words, the slower your results are, the more maintainable your lifestyle changes will be.
If you go into a new journey thinking you’re going to cut your current calories in half, do 2 hours of cardio per day, instantly get a 500lb squat, and only eat chicken and broccoli, you’re going to be majorly discouraged when you find that’s not sustainable or healthy in the long term AT ALL. Instead, go into this journey with the mindset that it might take YEARS for you to reach the goals you’re striving for. And that’s okay – that’s what makes bodybuilding such an admirable sport.
It’s All In Your Head
Secondly, you’ll want to become super-realistic with your new bodybuilding program. Are two-a-days possible with your schedule? Or would five workouts per week, incorporating heavy lifting and HIIT for cardio, be more efficient for your current lifestyle? Sometimes, the less time you spend in the gym, the more effective your workouts are. This may not be true for everyone, but try it out for you. Instead of gliding on the treadmill nonchalantly for 45 minutes, challenge yourself to do ten all-out sprints, taking about 10-15 minutes total (including rest time in between sprints). When you’re realistic and somewhat flexible about your gym routine, your nutrition plan will become much easier, and you can begin adding safe muscle building supplements to help you reach your goals.
Starting a new workout plan can become overwhelming if you’re not sure where to begin. We have found that putting together a solid muscle building workout plan is critical, which is why we compiled these great workout tips for you. If you are a beginner looking for fast results with your workouts, check out this article for 23 great tips!
Natural Supplements For Building Muscle
With nutrition, it’s all a mind game. Life itself is kind of a mind game. So, keep this in mind when you eat nothing but whole foods for two weeks, and your body is craving a treat. Sometimes, it’s easy to pass these cravings on and distract your mind with something else. If not, maybe your body does need a bit of a refeed. Try to keep treats to a minimum, but don’t deprive yourself for so long that it results in skipping the gym due to low energy, or binging because all you want is something sweet. Here are a few ideas for some healthy treats to enjoy in moderation:
- A few pieces of dark chocolate
- One serving of low-calorie ice cream
- Flavored Greek yogurt with granola
- Sliced apple and peanut butter
- A protein milkshake made with whey protein powder and your choice of ice cream
Safe Muscle Building Supplements That Work
When you’re trying to choose safe muscle building supplements for your new bodybuilding program, be sure to do your research. It’s easy to fall victim to advertisements in magazines or billboards that promise you’ll gain 40lbs of pure muscle in one month. Again, it’s not realistic or maintainable in the long term. Healthy and safe bodybuilding supplements will work slowly over time, and they won’t damage your liver or other vital organs that are essential for overall health. We highly recommend going with a safe muscle building stack – because it covers all of your bases and it comes with super-easy instructions to follow. If your budget is lower, or you’re not ready for a full stack yet, it’s best to get started with safe muscle supplements such as a simple protein shake and a testosterone booster to help you inside and outside of the gym. Here are Crazymass’ employee and customer favorites to help guide your strength and muscle gains:
- A variety of stacks for a range of goals: Blasting fat, upping endurance, or gaining mass
- ISO*IGNITE protein shake for building muscle synthesis and recovering your muscles after an intense workout
- Testosterone booster for muscle mass, strength, and sexual performance
We hope you’ve found this advice helpful, and there are some great additional tips to stay safe and healthy in the gym on this website. Best of luck during your new bodybuilding journey – we hope it brings you hard cuts, massive gains, intense lifting regimens, and delicious, clean eating! These changes you’re about to make are going to improve your life in more ways than one!
Gary David is the founder and CEO of CrazyMass, one of the nation’s leading supplement companies. Before starting CrazyMass in 2006, Gary was a bodybuilder and personal trainer for several gyms throughout Northwest Michigan, helping clients meet their fitness goals. Gary happily worked in this profession for over 15 years. He saw that most weight gaining products to increase muscle were made with ingredients that were dangerous or of poor quality. He knew there was a safer and healthier way to do this, so he created a special blend of herbs, amino acids, and nutrients to help bodybuilders slim down and gain muscle.
Although Gary no longer participates in bodybuilding competitions, he continues to be involved in the community, helping others prep for shows and attending events where he can advertise CrazyMass products. When Gary isn’t working long hours, he likes to spend his time working out at the gym, boating on Lake Michigan, traveling the trails around Northern Michigan by four-wheeler, and spending time with his family. He also loves to take a yearly trip to Europe with his wife and children.