Natural bodybuilding is the way to looking good and feeling great without using supplements and drugs. A great taut body with pure lean muscle mass can be yours without the huge cost (both financial and physical) that comes with juiced up alternatives.

To get the results you want from natural body building you need a good basic workout and excellent technique.

A good basic workout will include all the muscle groups. Work the largest muscle groups first chest, legs, back and the smaller ones last: calves, triceps, abs. The reason for this is that the smaller muscles groups are also being worked out when you do the larger ones and you don’t want to tire them out early or over-train them so you are unable to operate at peak performance when training your larger muscle groups.

Technique is extremely important to both prevent injury and to get the most out of the time you spend in the gym. In fact you will spend less time in the gym and get better results if you pay close attention to getting your technique right.

Look in the mirror as you work out. This is not to be vain but to check that you are performing the exercise correctly so you can make adjustments if you are not. This is very important and a lot of people are too shy to do this. Also you will see your muscles working . This is the best way to encourage yourself.

7 + 2 tips for stellar results:

1. Always warm-up. Make this a rule. Do 15 minutes of stretches and 5-10 minutes of light cardio and if the temperature is cool wear a light sweatshirt. You want to keep your outer temperature warm whilst you increase your core temperature.This way you will avoid injury.

2. Aim to do each muscle group twice in one week if you are working different muscle groups on different days.

3. Variety. Always be increasing the weight or the reps or varying the way you perform the exercise slightly. Muscles have memory and you need to confuse them to get maximum growth.

4. Do compound exercises (exercises that use the supporting muscles as well as the target muscle) before isolation exercises (exercises that isolate and work only the target muscle). This will produce a more natural look to your muscle gain and help you avoid injury by warming up the muscle group properly.

5. REST. Your muscle is not being built when you work out but when you rest. So work it hard and then let it recover for great results.

6. Control. Stay in control of every rep you do. Think about the muscle you are working. Avoid quick burst movements (unless it is appropriate to the exercise) and lazy techniques.

7. Use the 30 minute window after your workout to whack back in vital minerals lost in sweating and used as fuel. This is the optimal time to drink a fluid replacement drink.

8. Listen to your body in regards to food. After your workout your body will tell you exactly what you need to eat. Listen to it.

9. ALWAYS cool down. Do the same stretches you did for the warm up but halve the time, and do some light cardio, 5-10 minutes.

Once you have a great basic routine, stick with it. There are plenty of ways to add variety to a good basic workout to keep your muscles confused and growing.

Following a natural bodybuilding workout leads to greater satisfaction and the development of a physique that builds your genetically strong areas and your weak areas in a harmonious and visually pleasing way. There are various inexpensive tools that you can use to help keep motivated.

A training diary is a great way to keep track of your weight and rep increases.You will get stronger much faster than you think and as you keep changing reps and varying the weights it can become a bit much if you try to keep it all in your head.

Personal trainers can be expensive but can be well worthwhile at different phases of your training, thus keeping your costs down. For instance at the beginning phase of embarking on your training and maybe again when you reach a plateau.

A great asset to your training is to have a training partner so you can “spot” for each other (take the control of the weights if you are unable to complete your last reps). In this way you will push each other to greater muscle gains faster. With this in mind it is advisable to choose someone within your own weight range.

Keep learning by reading information from reliable sources to keep your mind engaged and the novelty fresh.

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