6 Habits of Successful Bodybuilders You Need to Take Seriously

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Becoming good at something is difficult. Becoming great at something is challenging. Becoming the best is nearly impossible.

Being successful at most any endeavor in life requires following a few simple rules to ensure you receive the absolute best results possible. Bodybuilders are no exception as they must adhere to a lifestyle that is not always simple.

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By following these six habits you can ensure that you will become a successful bodybuilder.

6 Habits of Bodybuilding Success

Habit #1 – Focus on progression

Whether it be increasing the number of reps, sets, weight or overall volume, concentrate on doing more than you were previously doing the last time you worked out. If you stay moving the same weight for years and years at a time there is a strong likelihood you will reach a plateau and never move forward with your progress.

Keep in mind that progress is never linear and there will be certain circumstances where you struggle through some workouts more so than others. However, overtime looking back several months and years you should be able to see some sort of longstanding progression.

Progressive Overload

Habit #2 – Be consistent

Great things never happen in life by accident. The most successful people of all-time did not reach their goals through simple luck or superior genetics.

The main common denominating variable is that they were consistent. Whether you have time to workout 3, 4, 5, 6, or even 7 days per week stick to a regiment that is best suited towards your schedule.

Do not skip workouts or even shorten them unless it is absolutely fundamentally necessary for your goals.

Habit #3 – Eat right

Dieting is one of the most simple yet challenging elements to any workout regimen. While most people can never follow a perfect diet you can do your best to make informed choices.

If you are eating on the run try to pick the best choices possible when eating at restaurants. A quick few simple tips include asking to leave butter and oil off food, not drinking your calories, and sticking to lean sources of protein.

By following these simple rules your diet will already be miles ahead of the majority of people around you.

Habit #4 – Keep track of everything

Dumbbell CurlsWrite down what you eat, your workouts, and your overall goals for every exercise, every rep, and every set. This may seem like a small step but it is crucial to ensuring your progress.

If you don’t know where you’ve been how can you possibly understand where you’re going. By having a record of what you have done in the past you will be able to better understand where mistakes were made and what you can do to improve them.

Habit #5 – Keep learning

Don’t get caught in the rut of doing the same workouts again and again. Instead focus on learning new methods and techniques for every bodypart.

By continually switching up exercises and hitting the muscles from all different angles the body will never fully adapt to any one set of principles. All it takes sometimes is moving the body slightly at a different angle to feel the contraction in an entirely different manner.

Habit #6 – Stick to the basics

Whether it comes to exercises or diet always be sure to stick to the absolute basics. The squat, bench, and deadlift are the key exercises that are absolutely crucial to include in your workout routine. For diet it can sometimes help to keep things consistent and simple with lean protein sources, carb sources, and good old fashioned vegetables.

These meals have been proven to work time and time again for decades by bodybuilders, athletes, and active individuals alike. Keep meals simple, voluminous, and healthy to ensure receiving maximum results.

Looking Your Absolute Best

There is no one secret to looking and feeling the absolute best. Results can never be found inside of a jar or box. It takes something much deeper than must come from within.

A sense of motivation, drive, dedication, and desire that is simple intangible in the eyes of most people. Don’t try to skip the hard part because you will be disappointed by the lack of results.

Hard work conquers all and when combined with the right variables you can be sure that success is never too far away. Stay hungry, motivated, and dedicated to reaching your goals.

Follow me on Instagram @ryanrodal and subscribe to my YouTube channel: MuscleMinds for great workout content and nutritional advice.

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Name: Ryan Rodal

Bio: My short term fitness goals include reaching a 300lb bench, 405 lb squat and a 500 lb deadlift. Longterm I want to become more involved in the fitness industry and help others achieve their goals. The bodybuilding lifestyle is not about how much you can lift or even how you look, its simply about being the best version of yourself.