Are you interested in pursuing the natural bodybuilding lifestyle?
If so, this is one of the most important pieces of content that you’ll ever read.
Because it isn’t produced by some giant online publication.
I don’t have any hidden agenda and nothing is for sale in this article.
The goal of this post is to open your eyes to the truth about natural bodybuilding by sharing information that is seldom given out for free.
Bad Advice Is Everywhere
You see, the 300-pound muscled mammoths who grace the cover of muscle magazines and make videos on Youtube provide some of the worst bodybuilding advice in the world.
Those guys are all taking massive amounts of anabolic steroids which put them on a whole different playing field than the rest of us mere mortals.
In fact, the drugs that they are taking are so powerful that they would still build muscle even if they decided to never touch a weight again.
But, when you’re armed with the right information, it is possible to build a strong healthy physique that is pleasing to the eye without the use of any dangerous illegal substances.
Get your notebook ready.
School is now in session.
The 10 Truths Of Natural Bodybuilding
#1) Diet Is Everything
Most professional bodybuilders will tell you to eat small meals all throughout the day in order to build the body of your dreams. However, you simply can’t eat this way if you aren’t using steroids.
This is because the natural human body is a fat storing machine. It wants to store fat whenever possible in case of an emergency.
You see, for hundreds of thousands of years, humans lived a life of uncertainty. Food was sometimes scarce and we had to actually hunt for our meals if we wanted to eat.
As a result, humans would sometimes go for days without eating a substantial meal.
This is where our fat stores would come in and save the day!
If you eat 6 meals a day and give yourself a large calorie surplus, some of those extra calories will be used to build new muscle tissue, but most of them will be stored as fat.
In other words, natural bodybuilders shouldn’t be eating 6 meals a day!
Instead, they should be doing just the opposite.
You actually need to train hard and EAT LESS if you want to build an aesthetically pleasing physique.
I recommend eating 1 large meal and 1 small meal every day while following a 16-hour intermittent fasting diet.
#2) Strength Is The Key To Aesthetics
When you’re natural, bigger more aesthetically pleasing muscles aren’t built with high rep pump training.
They are built by lifting heavy weight for low reps! (5-8 rep range)
The stronger you get, the better you’ll look. It really is just as simple as that.
Leave the crazy high rep pump training for the juicers.
They play by a different set of rules.
#3) Exercise Variation Doesn’t Matter
Wanna build bigger legs? Do barbell squats.
Wanna build a bigger chest? Get your bench up to 225.
Wanna build a massive powerful back? Do lots of heavy Deadlifts.
But Nick, what about arms? Jesus Christ kid, do some barbell curls and be done with it!
You don’t need a million and one exercises to build a great body.
Attacking the same muscle group from 20 different angles doesn’t do jack shit!
#4) Workouts Should Be Short
Training sessions that last for 1-3 hours are nothing but a giant waste of time.
The only goal of your workouts should be to lift a weight that is challenging enough to trigger your fight or flight instinct.
Once this has been accomplished, you need to get the fuck out of the gym and get some rest.
You don’t build muscle in the gym, you build it in your bed and in the kitchen.
#5) Being “Shredded” Isn’t Sustainable
Getting to single digit body fat percentages or “shredded” as a natural bodybuilder is extremely difficult, unhealthy, and unsustainable.
Body fat is necessary for organ health and correct body function.
Don’t believe me?
Well then, Let’s look at a case study.
Remember when Gerrard Butler got SHREDDED for the movie 300?
Well, he didn’t stay that way for long.
Here he is just a few months after filming.
#6) Supplements Don’t Do Anything
Protein powder, creatine, multivitamins, BCAAS, fish oil.
It’s all just a bunch of bullshit.
The only supplements that actually work are real deal anabolic steroids.
If you’re gonna be natural than eat your food and lift some weights.
Otherwise, get your hands on some real deal anabolics!
#7) Natural Bodybuilders Are Skinny
Believe or not, when it comes time to pose on stage for a contest, natural bodybuilders don’t look like bodybuilders at all.
Unless they have top tier genetics, they look like emaciated marathon runners by the time they get into competition shape.
This wasn’t quite so apparent to me until I recently watched a video on Nick’s Strength and Power Youtube channel.
Like me, he has been lifting weights for over 10 years and decided to enter himself into a natural bodybuilding competition.
When it came time to cut weight for the contest, he started out at 215 pounds with an end goal weight of 185 pounds. He thought that if he dropped those 30 pounds he’d be shredded for sure.
That was until he actually got to 185 pounds… and still had tons of body fat.
So he dropped to 175, and that still wasn’t good enough.
155? Nope, still not good enough.
This poor motherfucker had to get down to 140 pounds at a height of 5’10 just to step on stage.
If you want to watch the video that I’m talking about you can view it here.
#8) Most “Natural” Bodybuilding Competitions Aren’t Natural At All
Look, in any form of competition, people are going to do anything they can to gain an edge. And natural bodybuilding is no different.
Some natural federations take the drug testing process very seriously and others not so much.
Unless testing is administered at a completely random time leading up to the competition, anyone can easily test negative for any banned substances.
#9) Building Muscle Takes Time
Building muscle mass on the human body naturally is a long process.
I know that in internet land, achieving a 225-pound bench press, 405-pound squat, and 500-pound deadlift is seen as an easily achievable feat that can be completed within 6 months.
But the reality is that reaching those goals, while attainable by almost any intact male, will actually take 2-3 years for most people.
If you’re frustrated because size and strength gains aren’t coming fast enough, I assure you that you aren’t alone.
We’ve all been there.
And just like with anything else in life, as long as you stay the course, good things WILL happen.
#10) There Is No Money In Natural Bodybuilding
If you plan on making money off of your naturally built physique then good luck.
The truth is that most people like bodybuilding because they view it as pure freak show entertainment.
People would much rather see a 300-pound mass monster than a 150-pound skinny guy with abs.
I mean let’s face it. A skinny guy with abs is just about as impressive as a fat chick with huge tits.
Unless you become a successful content creator by starting a blog or Youtube channel, you won’t be earning any great amount of money from natural bodybuilding.
The Natural Human Body
Now that you know the 10 truths of natural bodybuilding, you’ll be able to avoid the most common mistakes and get a head start on building a great physique.
And as complicated as everyone wants to make natural bodybuilding seem, at its core, it’s actually quite simple.
Train hard and heavy.
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