There is no question that you must work hard in order to produce the gains you want when bodybuilding. Just remember that it is actually possible to do too much and regress due to overtraining. It is sometimes difficult to find the balance. A personal trainer can help push you when you need it and hold you back when you are going overboard. The following are important things to keep in mind:
Adequate Recovery Between Intense Training Sessions
Your training plan should be balanced. After you finish an intense training session, you are probably exhausted and tired. You will experience delayed onset muscle soreness after a day or two. Spend this time in purposeful recovery. Get enough rest so that your body can repair itself and bounce back stronger the next time you hit the gym. Don’t push yourself to lift again using the same muscles because you are only going to dig yourself into a hole. If you dig deep enough for a long time, then you will have real difficulty climbing back up.
Ample and Timely Nutrition for the Current Load
Food is fuel. Understanding this is key to your success. If you are working out, then you are expending energy. You need to replenish what you burned through or else you will get thinner instead of adding bulk. Of course, the quality of your food in just as important as the quantity. Bodybuilders should get a lot of protein in their system so that the body can use more of it to build muscles. Nutrient timing is crucial. You must get the right amount of quality food at the right time. Plan your meal before and after workouts, as well as what you will consume throughout the day.
Sufficient Sleep Every Night
Rest can mean sitting on a couch watching TV or working in your office just pouring over documents. However, the best form will still be deep uninterrupted sleep. The body craves routine so be sure to have a definite timeframe for this. Try not to stay out too late at night. Get in bed at the same time every day and eliminate distractions that could keep you awake. Develop a routine that will help you get in a mood to sleep. Strive to stretch this for about 8 hours or even 10, if possible. This is when the body will repair itself.
Reduced Intensity at Regular Intervals
You can’t train at high intensity every single day, week after week. You need to tone it down every so often to catch your breath and let your body recover from getting so beat up. This is a strategic move to improve your longevity and avoid overtraining yourself.