In competitive bodybuilding, bodybuilders aspire to develop and maintain an aesthetically pleasing body and balanced physique. In prejudging, competitors do a series of mandatory poses – the front lat spread, the rear lat spread, the front double biceps, the back double biceps, the side chest, the side triceps, the Most Muscular (men only), and the thigh-abdominal pose. Each competitor also performs a routine to display the physique. A posedown is usually held at the end of a posing round, while judges are finishing their scoring. Bodybuilders spend time practicing their posing, since they are judged on it.
In contrast to strongman or powerlifting competitions where physical strength is important, or to Olympic weightlifting, where the main point is equally split between strength and technique, bodybuilding competitions typically emphasize condition, size and symmetry. Different organizations emphasize particular aspects of competition, and sometimes have different categories in which to compete.
The Hormones Insulin Insulin is a hormone that is made in the pancreas. Insulin’s job is to keep blood sugar levels from rising too high. When you intake a carbohydrate (let’s say grape juice, for example), your body releases insulin to regulate your blood sugar levels. The body is constantly trying to maintain homeostasis, or [...]
Bigger arms is the goal for many when they engage in weight training programs and the triceps muscle is the key to increasing the number on the tape when measuring your arms. It makes up nearly 2/3rds of your arm and is responsible for elbow extension. So every ‘pushing’ motion requires action by the triceps [...]
Picture this. You’re at the beach. You slowly remove your shirt to reveal a set of washboard like, rock hard and chiselled 6 or 8 pack abs. All eyes turn to you with a mixture of jealousy and admiration. Good image isn’t it? Pop! Sorry to burst that thought bubble but let’s bring most of [...]
The popularity of the Atkins Diet has long been debated in many different circles around the globe, including the medical fraternity, where weight loss is a primary issue of discussion and thus, it is not surprising to find that even 50 years since it was first developed by Dr. Robert Atkins, this diet plan continues [...]
This is one of the leg exercises that strengthens both the quadriceps and hamstring muscles. These muscles help you to walk efficiently, and climb stairs easily. This leg workout is a great addition to any fitness routine. Another benefit is that strengthening these muscles may prevent “Runner’s Knee”, which is also known as patellofemoral [...]
Coach Potts :Q&A
Would there be any strength or agility exercises you would recommend to a 400/800 meter type athlete?Agility is not really an aspe...
Can caffeine have an effect on my weight loss?
Yes, it can do. Some people lose additional pounds after stopping coffee or caffeine. Studies have shown that caffeine (as in coff...
Chin to Chest Stretch
Sit upright on a ball or chair with your feet shoulder width apart. Arms are relaxed with your hands resting on your thighs. Tuc...
Can I buy Creatine at a Vitamin Shop?
When shopping for supplements or vitamins to help you in your fitness lifestyle, it is essential that you only purchase that from ...
What are the pros and cons of weight training?
As to any exercise there are the pros and the cons, the advantage and disadvantages. When it comes to weight training the first di...
Donkey kicks to strengthen
This is one of the leg strengthening exercises that work the muscles in your buttocks and hamstrings. It is a good glute workout a...
A Cheat Meal And Can It Help You Lose Fat
What Is A Cheat Meal?A cheat day can mean two things: carte blanche (eat what you want) or have one meal to your liking while the ...
Marc Lobliner’s Epic IFBB Pro Card Journey – Week 10
This covers weeks 9 and 10. I am feeling AMAZING and my 2011 travels have begun. I went to Cincinnati and we rocked an epic demo w...
Tips of skincare
Health and Fitness speaks to skin cancer expert Paul Banwell for his top tips on how to look after your skin this summer1. Cover u...
Without Losing Muscle
PlanningIn order to lose body fat we have to have a reason as to why we want to achieve this goal, is it (a) Make you look good (b...