“Do you even lift?” Boy, have I heard that phrase a lot.
At the end of my junior year of high school, it was time to depart with most of my friends who were seniors. I was probably never going to see any of them again, unfortunately. I had about one friend left in high school who I could actually consider a “good” friend. We were both into sports but our sports were very different. He was a bodybuilder and I played baseball and tennis.
After spending a lot of time with him, I started to pick up a few things about getting my body into shape. I learned things like keeping a well-balanced diet, progressive overload for building muscle, and low volume repetitions for building endurance. All these principles greatly improved my performance in baseball and tennis, and I had him to thank for that.
At the end of a great tennis season, I didn’t have any other sports to do, so I began spending more and more time with my friend. I got a gym membership with him and we began to train together. After a few weeks, I began to fall in love with the sport of bodybuilding. I learned several new things about the sport. I began to develop a better understanding of the body, nutrition, and the benefits of resistance training.
Bodybuilding is a sport that takes a tremendous amount of depth and knowledge to be successful in the sport. For example, one cannot simply walk into the gym, hop on the bicep curl machine, and expect their arms to get big. It just doesn’t work like that! Instead, one must understand that the arm is divided into two parts, the bicep and the tricep. The bigger of the two, the tricep, is what is mainly responsible for the size of the arm. So instead of doing bicep curls all day long, it would be much more beneficial to include some tricep exercises into the routine. However, the sport is called bodybuilding so that means that in order to attain a great body, one must exercises all parts of the body. Yes, that includes legs too!
Learning the sport of bodybuilding is and will always be one of my greatest achievements. Along with learning the sport, my knowledge of nutrition, biology, physics, etc. has also become greater.
Bodybuilding is a great sport and I challenge everyone to take the steps into improving their body and their overall health!