Bodybuilding has been around for a long time. It's a full-fledged professional sport and a passionate hobby for millions. The definition of bodybuilding is:
"The use of progressive resistance exercise to control and develop one's musculature for aesthetic purposes."
It's quite literally the goal of building up your body.
In fitness and strength & conditioning, we use what is called Hypertrophy training to build up larger and stronger muscles.
Adding muscle size and mass to any person has a ton of benefits and it will benefit you greatly if you choose to do so.
Disclaimer: Just because you train with the goal of building muscle does NOT mean you'll look like a bodybuilder on stage or the cover of a magazine. This is a big misconception. People too often become afraid of lifting weights in fear they'll look like one of those individuals but the reality is what you are seeing on stage is the culmination of years of hard work, strict dieting, training with the singular focus to look that way, good genetics, and often times a slew of performance-enhancing drugs.
Hypertrophy training, or bodybuilding workouts, for the average person, are the perfect compliment to their workout routine for many reasons. We've listed some benefits below:
- Includes a variety of compound and isolation movements
- Have more muscle definition and achieve that "tone" look that so many desire
- Have the potential to increase force output (lift more weight)
- Increases resting metabolic rate (burn more calories while you rest)
- Correct muscular asymmetries which reduces the risk of preventable injuries (stay injury free! yay!)
- More focus put into the muscles being used, particularly on single-joint exercises. This leads to improved coordination and better athleticism.
At Lead Fitness, we use this style of training to help you improve your physique, avoid injury, and improve your fitness performance. We will spend periods of time (what us coaches call training cycles) focusing on different aspects of lifting weights. Bodybuilding is one of those aspects.
After all, who doesn't want to look better in a tank top or sleeveless shirt? And who doesn't want to burn more calories while they sit on the couch? We know we certainly do! :)