Listen To Your Body, Fitness Is Not A Competition
There is a ton of information available on fitness and bodybuilding nowadays. It can be quite confusing to determine what works and what doesn’t.
People are too obsessed with what’s the ‘best’ workout or the ‘healthiest’ diet that one can follow.
There are literally thousands of different workouts and diets that are there on fitness blogs, websites, and magazines so it becomes very difficult to find one that works the best.
The simple truth is that there is no single diet or workout plan that works the best for everyone. Though there are some basic rules to building a substantial amount of muscle, what works well for someone might not work that well for someone else.
Moreover what works, in theory, doesn’t necessarily mean it will work in the real world. It becomes very important to listen to your body.
The Subjectivity Of Fitness
Fitness is a very subjective experience. It differs from individual to individual and has a large number of variables which should be taken into consideration.
Building muscle is a fascinating process. People can become quite addicted to this slow yet rewarding process.
Considering the subjective nature of fitness it is very important to realize that muscle building is not a linear process. It takes new stimulus and increasing workloads to produce maximum muscle growth.
A lot of experts recommend a single program or diet to follow which according to them produces maximum results. No wonder it doesn’t work for everyone that follows it.
People have different responses to different workout routines. They also perform well on different types of diets that can vary from person to person.
Confusion On Exercise Selection
Selecting the ‘perfect’ exercise is not that easy. People have different musculature and anatomical dispositions to building muscle.
A person having more inclination towards trap development won’t necessarily require additional exercises for traps. This is due to the fact that he has more disposition towards trap development and big compound lifts like the deadlift provide the necessary stimulus for trap development. Throwing in additional exercises for traps won’t necessarily do any good.
People also have various muscular imbalances that need to be fixed. Considering this one can’t chalk out a single workout plan that will be beneficial for everyone. Certain people need additional focus on certain muscles while others don’t.
The Best Rep Range
There is no single rep range that is best for everyone. Different people have different responses to various rep ranges.
Some people get a good hypertrophic(muscle building) response from higher rep ranges(10 – 15 reps per set) while others get a good response from lower reps(3 – 5 reps per set).
Self-experimenting is very important to determine ideal rep ranges. Certain people even perform well on hybrid programs(A mixture of higher reps and lower reps on different days).
The basic principle of progressive overload is what is crucial for muscle building. Progressive overload means putting additional stress on your muscles either by increasing the weight or doing additional reps with the same weight.
Progressive overload can also be achieved by increasing the overall volume of your workouts.
The Optimal Diet For Your Fitness
Diet is an area which can differ enormously among different people. Different kinds of diets have different effects on different people.
Some people perform well on low carbohydrate diets while some perform well on higher carbohydrates. People doing a lot of cardiovascular exercises generally need more carbohydrates.
Protein requirements for muscle building can differ to a small degree. The general requirement for protein is 0.8 – 1.3 grams of protein per pound of body weight. This can differ within this range based on various factors like activity levels, medical history etc.
Listening to how your body feels is very important. If you’re feeling low on energy levels, experience bloating or other negative effects on your health by following a certain diet then probably it isn’t the right diet for you.
It is best to consult a nutritionist or doctor to have a diet that suits you best.
Your Body Is Not Stupid
Your body is an intelligent machine that is geared for survival and optimal health. Understand the signals it gives you, the way it tries to communicate with you.
Experimenting is often underrated in modern fitness. It can be a very important factor in determining what’s right for your goals and body functioning.
So take any fitness information with a grain of salt and consider all the important factors before vouching for a certain diet or muscle building regimen.