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Bodybuilding and Weight Training – Common Questions

Updated on June 12, 2011

How to do bodybuilding for effective muscle gain?

Single muscle workout per day with a gap of one day after each workout - really worked for me, but then it's not a good idea if you are trying to shed some fat. It's only great if gaining muscle is all you have on mind.

There is nothing right or wrong with regards to weightlifting. All methods have proved to work and give astounding results. Whether a full body workout or a split in upper body one day and lower body the other day or like two body parts a day. Single muscle groups with one-day gap before another muscle group if lifted heavy. The stronger you will lift, the more recovery period/gap the muscle will need, so if chest is done heavy today, 5 muscles groups later, it will be chest again after 12-14 days. This one works, miraculously and will certainly show results or if you want to do each muscle group, once or twice a week, then you have to follow any periodization program. Always remember, we do not grow in the gym, we stimulate our muscle there. We only grow in the BED (while resting/sleeping). In the gym, we get weaker as our muscles are exhausted and cells broken. We leave the gym, TIRED.

What is the term "FUELING" in bodybuilding? What does pre workout and post-workout fueling means?

Fueling is just taking in nutrition that supports muscle building. Keeping fueling in mind, you eat particularly that stuff which is required for your muscles to grow. Now taking in nutrition before weight training is called pre-workout fueling and after it is called postď·“workout fueling. There are whole a lot of types of fueling and it generally depends on what program you are following and how you want your body to be. Bodybuilding involves future planning, as you work out today to see your results tomorrow.

Fueling up your body is necessary pre and post workout for explosive muscle gain.
Fueling up your body is necessary pre and post workout for explosive muscle gain.
Prepare your own nutritious drink. Drink your energy drink pre and post workout for reaping the benefits building your body.
Prepare your own nutritious drink. Drink your energy drink pre and post workout for reaping the benefits building your body.
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Men at work

Why fueling is important in bodybuilding?

Fueling is important whether it is done before or after a workout but when you are focusing on gaining muscles, fueling becomes much more important after a workout. The thing is when you are in the gym you work your muscles and then your muscle tissues get ruptured. Now in the post work out period, they tend to grow by repairing back those ruptured tissues so at the recovery time, you need to have the nutrients to fuel up the recovery process, so fuel up your body with proteins, vitamins, minerals and adequate amount of water to get the most of the muscle growing process.

Fueling is very essential pre and post workout, especially if you focus on gaining muscles and you got to have some basic nutrients inside you, about 30 minutes max before a good muscle blasting workout, but definitely, a post workout meal/shake is so very important. I do not take whey protein; though it is 100% safe and effective. I rather being a foodie take my proteins from natural food and it has worked for me all these years. You may take if you think you will mange this way. What I use to fuel my body before a weightlifting session is I prepare an energy drink, made of 2 tablespoons of Protinex, milk, coffee, cocoa powder, sugar free/aspartame, Bournvita, boost of each of them and then pour some boiling water on it. I then have a handful of peanuts and a banana. This can work for anyone and it is my drink. You can also look for any other alternate one, but always remember that a drink should be easy to digest and would not jump while you are pumping iron.

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      Amit 3 years ago

      What should we take as pre work out? Except these supplements.....something natural...

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      shrey sethi 6 years ago

      thank you so much!!! it works!! big time!!

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      Rachel 6 years ago

      so you put 2 tablespoons each of every ingredient is it?....it was nice of you to share your recipe :)

      btw, I'm trying to reduce my bodyfat...it is 28%...and largely concentrated in the abdominal area...I've been working out for a year...so I've lost fat from other areas...any particulat workouts you can suggest for me?

      Is it ok for me to have that pre-workout drink since I want to lose weight??

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      Rajinder Soni 8 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Best of luck for managing your weighttraining and bodybuilding programs on your friend. Keep up the good work. Also, thanks for sharing your workout routine.

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      6 months weightlifter 8 years ago

      Yea..Thanks for the advice bud..But I manage my workouts quite well..

      I keep changing the exercises..plus..i reduce the time between sets..do more reps..slowly..

      I work my upper body on alternate days..and in between..i work my lower body..

      I Do dumbbell squats..lunges...sidesplits..

      And then i do 25 mins on my stepper...

      So i am managing my stuff..Thanks

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      Rajinder Soni 8 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Hi 6 months weightlifter,

      I think you took me wrong. I have not said that weightlifting is not good for fat and I also agree that weightlifting burns fat pretty fast but only in excess in the initial stages and after you have doing weightlifting consistently for 6 months or more, it will reduce less fat as your body will get used to it but if you will do it more and more vigorously and keep on increasing the weights, yes fat burning process will do good at that time but then also there is a saturation point and weight lifting is not thing alone to reduce fat, but I would recommend you to do 20 min of cardio treadmill and 20 mins of cycling with your weightlifting sessions and you will be able to reduce fat very fast and will keep on reducing it.

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      6 months weightlifter 8 years ago

      Hey buddy,

      Who says weight lifting isn't good for fat? You ask any of the professionals. Weight lifting burns fat pretty fast. I've witnessed this on myself. MY loose fat here and there has reduced. I'm pretty lean..with jus some loose fat on my hips.

      BEsides, taking in protein burns fat too! The body burns harder to digest the protein..which is really hard to digest. The result: fat is used as energy to digest the protein. Trust me..Im doing this for half a year now..and I'm seeing good results

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      Rajinder Soni 8 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks for the comment Weight Training. This is a nice explanation from an experienced weight trainer I think.

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      Weight Training 8 years ago

      I agree about how crucial it is to refuel and feed your muscles straight after your workout. A good shake or other protein source is essential. This helps with muscle repair and growth and is vital for complementing the hard work you have just put into the gym.

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      Rajinder Soni 8 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks ocbill. Yes rest is very important to recuperate our tired muscles and joints after exercising.

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      ocbill 8 years ago from hopefully somewhere peaceful and nice

      great info. most forget about rest.

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      Rajinder Soni 8 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks Khurram. Have a look in my latest hubs.. I have published two more relating to same.

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