If you are an avid bodybuilding or aspiring bodybuilder, then you have probably wondered which is the best bodybuilding routine to follow? With so many options out there, how do you know which one is the best? Or at the very least, the one that is the most effective?
But are you actually asking the right questions to start off with? Yes I just asked you that! Through my experience in the gym and my encounters with others, around 80% of people aren’t asking themselves the right questions. Therefore 100% of them aren’t actually achieving their goals.
Am I being too harsh? Well by the end of this article you will see I am not.
Are you actually bodybuilding?
In order to develop muscles they need to be broken down and repaired. Okay thats very much in a nutshell, but that is the basics. Furthermore, building muscles requires full range of motion activation and time under tension. Something that is not achieved with powerlifting.
Power lifting is about exactly that. Being powerful and lifting heavy weights. The training for that is not the same as bodybuilding. Becoming stronger will most certainly be achieved with bodybuilding, but not as quickly as training specifically for that. Such as powerlifting routines.
Are you powerlifting?
Following a bodybuilding routine will not deliver the same results as following a powerlifting routine. What I mean by this is that when you train for bodybuilding, you are working your muscles differently. You are also eating differently. Your rest times are shorter than powerlifting rest times.
In order to lift heavy weights for 1 rep only, you need to rest and recover your energy. Sometimes up to 5 minutes (even longer in different cases) is required during each powerlift. But only a mere 60 seconds with bodybuilding routines.
Are you actually trying to achieve CrossFit results?
Training for CrossFit results is another training style altogether. The same results will not be achieved from a bodybuilding routine alone. Muscles will be developed in both routines, but bodybuilding routines will deliver larger muscle mass than CrossFit.
Have you compared a CrossFit workout routine from a bodybuilding one? You will see a significant difference between the two. CrossFit workouts differ from one another, as do bodybuilding workouts, but the principle of either workouts remain the same respectively.
So what am I trying to say?
Before you can ask which is the best bodybuilding routine to follow, you must first ask is it bodybuilding that you are trying to achieve. There are hundreds upon hundreds of bodybuilding workouts out there. Are they all right for you or me? Absolutely not!
Knowing what you are trying to achieve in the gym (or at home), will give you a much clearer understanding of what routine you should be following. It is easy to follow the “hottest workout” trending at the moment, but it doesn’t mean it will deliver the results you want.
Just because something is endorsed by a celebrity or professional athlete, doesn’t make it the answer.
Know your capabilities
Note I said capabilities and not limitations (but they do work hand in hand). Everyone is capable of something at some point. But not always right now. What I mean by that, is what you want for yourself in the future, might not be what you are capable of now.
If you are not capable of it now, it means you need to work on it. But be careful of limitations. By wanting something now, but not being ready for it is easy to make you give up. Therefore you have just placed a limitation on yourself.
Just tell us what the best bodybuilding routine is!
My honest answer to that, is the one that gives you the results you want. But how do you find this out? That’s okay, I’ll explain it to you.
First you need to know what it is you are trying to achieve. Take you time finding this out, as it will only come back to haunt you later on. Training takes time and commitment, so get your foundations right from the beginning.
Secondly, you need to visualize where you want to be. Set a long term goal and a few short ones. You need the short ones. Trust me! Once you have done this, you need to take a long hard look at your capabilities right now and what you need to do to progress.
Thirdly, find a few different bodybuilding routines and look at what is required. Look at what you can do right now. Not what you think you can do. Find 2 or 3 to start off with.
What not to do
When you have collected 2 or 3 that you feel is within your current capabilities, start with 1. Give it a proper effort and by this I mean at least 3 to 4 weeks. Don’t give up after a week and say it is s**t. You cannot gauge a bodybuilding routine this way.
Take you time with it and give it a go. Bodybuilding routines have room for movement. If a routine has a certain amount of reps or sets per exercise, you can always increase or decrease them. You can also add more weight or reduce weight.
Throwing in the towel in after a week won’t do you any good. You will know why you are not enjoying it. If it is too hard or too easy and you can’t adjust the routine, then it is wrong.
Not getting the “results” you expect after week is also not going to do you any favours. If you are working through a bodybuilding routine properly, then it will take a few weeks to see results.
But remember one thing! You will always see results last. Other people will see it first. Listen to them! They might just let you know you are in fact doing the best bodybuilding routine.