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February 19, 2015

Do I Need a Trainer to Sculpt an Amazing Body?

bodybuilderYes, you need a personal trainer if you want an amazing body. Come on, even Tiger Woods has had golf coaches his entire professional career. We all need personal instruction and bodybuilding is the same.

In the last post on bodybuilding we discussed the different forms and divisions for both men’s and women’s bodybuilding. It’s important to have a personal trainer or coach knowledgeable in the subtleties of each division of competition to help you shape the body you want and that the judges find desirable. But, a trainer can be very helpful even if you have no plans to be a professional or amateur competitor.

Chris George is a trainer in the Columbus area and says it takes him 14 to 20 weeks to get an athlete ready for a competition. And, he has to take many things into consideration depending on his client’s goals and which division they may competing in. It requires critical pathway thinking. Here’s where we need to be the day of competition. Here’s where we need to be a week before competition. Here’s where we need to be a month before competition, and so on. It requires a well designed plan. And, such planning can help you and me, or others who may have no interest in competing to bodybuild our way to an amazing body and better health.

The Right Shape for the Right Division

Bodybuilding is art and science. For example, when training men in the Bodybuilding division Chris has to help his clients get their muscles as big and as firm as possible and keep them in balance or proportion while designing a nutritional program that will get their body fat down as low as 3% by time of the show or competition.

When he’s training women for Figure competition he works on getting women to develop broader shoulders with thinner hips and thighs while maintaining muscle definition. Women competing in the Bikini division require a softer look (magazine model), yet a body that is well toned. In both men’s and women’s Physique competition Chris works on getting his clients lean yet well-defined –  a more athletic look than the Bodybuilding division. And, some of getting the desired look varies from individual to individual and requires some trial and error.

Exercise and Nutrition

And, guess what?  Exercise is probably the easiest part of Chris’s work with his athletes. The hard part in sculpting an amazing body is the nutrition component. You can exercise all day long, but if you don’t eat right you will never – NEVER – get an award-winning body. Some think that as much as 90% of the end result of bodybuilding is nutrition related – and so is much of health.

Bodybuilding: Trainer’s Perspective

Chris loves being a personal trainer and receives tremendous satisfaction from seeing someone develop an amazing body and improve their health right before his eyes knowing that he had a role in helping sculpt that incredible physique for someone who had the necessary desire and commitment.

Here is some advise from Chris for those interested in sculpting their desired body. “Make sure you’re mentally ready. This is not easy and there will be times that you want to quit. Secondly, hire a coach/nutritionist to help. Do not do this on your own. The health benefits of bodybuilding is that it teaches you how to eat clean and to get and keep an amazing body.”

Eating clean in the end is a prerequisite to good health and that’s one reason why sculpting an amazing body is a way to optimal health.

An amazing body is yours for the asking. How badly do you want it? Be sure to ask for help if that’s your goal.

 

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Dr. Joe Jacko


Dr. Joe is board certified in internal medicine and sports medicine with additional training in hormone replacement therapy and regenerative medicine. He has trained or practiced at leading institutions including the Hughston Clinic, Cooper Clinic, Steadman-Hawkins Clinic of the Carolinas, and Cenegenics. He currently practices in Columbus, Ohio. Read more about Dr. Joe Jacko

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