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How to Train for Bodybuilding Contests

Learn how to train for bodybuilding contests with expert Skip La Cour in this Howcast video.


My name is Skip La Cour; I am a 6-time national champion, drug-free bodybuilder. You can learn how to improve your bodybuilding and training efforts by visiting my websites,, And today I'm going to talk to you about bodybuilding. How to train for a bodybuilding contest, many people mistakenly believe that the discipline, the structure, the strategies are different when training for a bodybuilding contest, as opposed to just training every single day to build muscle and lose body fat. You overload the muscle with weights, you rest and recover, you support that with nutritional habits. Your training practices should be very similar with what you do everyday to build muscle and lose body fat as you do for a contest. The difference will come with your diet. Now, when you enter bodybuilding contests you get very lean. That comes from your diet, so your training stays basically the same, it's just that you'll need to really clean up your diet. Eat foods that are clean, nutritious, only as you get closer to the contest. And you'll need to gradually reduce your calories so you get that lean, ripped appearance. When it comes to your weight training you need to continue doing everything you can to build muscle all the way up until the day of your show. Those are some basic things to remember when you are training for a bodybuilding contest.

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