Bodybuilding is described as the process of developing your muscles by
using a combination of weight training, specific caloric intake, and
getting proper rest. Bodybuilding goes beyond building muscles simply
to be fit, and requires more intense workouts. Some people get into
"professional bodybuilding" so they can compete against others who
show their physiques to a panel of judges.
People involved in competitive bodybuilding, are bodybuilders who
work to develop and maintain an aesthetically pleasing (by
bodybuilding standards) body and balanced physique. The
bodybuilding competitors will then show off their bodies by performing
a series of poses. Those involved in competitive bodybuilding will
spend time practicing their pose, as this will have a big effect on how
they are judged.
In competitive bodybuilding, a bodybuilder's size and shape are more
important than how much he or she can lift. The sport of competitive
bodybuilding should not be confused with powerlifting, where they are
judged on actual physical strength, or with Olympic weightlifting,
where the main objective is equally split between strength and
technique. Though these sports may seem superficially similar to the
casual observer, each one entails a different regimen of training, diet,
and basic motivation.
While exercise is certainly a key component in bodybuilding, so is
nutrition. If the body doesn't get the proper nutrients to help the
muscles grow, they will never reach their full potential. Since
bodybuilders require high levels of muscle growth and repair, they
require a specialized diet.
A bodybuilder needs more calories than the average person of the
same height and weight, because it takes a higher number of calories,
above their "maintenance level", in order to continue to increase
muscle mass. A maintenance level of food energy, combined with
cardiovascular exercise, is needed to lose body fat.
Before beginning any change in your exercise or diet routines, you
should consult your doctor.