Bodybuilding...The Safe and Natural Way
By: Wes Wallace
Cape Girardeau, MO -- They're the envy of most gym goers. The guys and gals with bulging biceps, toned triceps, and quads that just don't quit.
"If you compete, you really take your body to the extreme," explains Richard Dodds, "It makes you a better person, it takes a lot of discipline..a lot."
Dodds says he's only been working out seriously for about a year or so, and has definitely learned a lot along the way. "Probably my technique has changed the most, some people just come to the gym, throw the weights on and go at it. You just can't do that," he says.
There's a method to the madness of making massive muscles.
"If you're at the beginning of the process, you do more weight and less reps," says Ron MacCubbin, a member of the Southeast Missouri Bodybuilding Team, "in the later stages, you do the opposite with less weight and more reps."
That's on top of a strict eating routine. "Diet is ninety percent of it, anybody can lift weights, not everybody can diet," adds MacCubbin. "There's a lot of cutting involved. Cutting out breads and sugars, then carbs, then water."
It's all to help make muscles pop on the day of the show.
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