What is the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the word ‘bodybuilding’? Is it an endless amount of chicken breasts and protein shakes, or perhaps repeatedly doing bench press and bicep curls?
Whilst all of these may be stereotypical of bodybuilding; there are several reasons why everyone should be adopting exercises from this type of training.
What are the benefits?
Bodybuilding has many benefits, none more so than how it helps build motor control, change body composition, and enhance the quality of life.
1. Builds Motor Control
It builds motor control (the regulation of movement by the central nervous system), which is crucial as it forms the foundation for all types of exercise. Want to be able to do a muscle-up? First, spend the right amount of time bodybuilding to learn similar movement patterns such as pulling and pushing.
2. Changes Body Composition
It changes your body composition (the percentage of fat, bone and muscle in your body) by creating a ‘metabolic advantage’. Learning new motor patterns can be challenging and, as a result, burns a lot of calories. Therefore, it is a great tool when trying to change body composition. Do so in the form of fundamental movement patterns (squat, lunge, push, pull, bend, core).
3. Improves Quality of Life
It supports living a long and happy life. Bodybuilding does this by directly replicating the demands of daily movements and is relatively low stress on the central nervous system. Put simply; it keeps us fit for everyday life without adding any unnecessary stress. So try not to view fitness as a ‘fix’; instead, use it as a tool to improve your quality of life.
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