Depending on who you ask, natural bodybuilding training probably means a variety of things. For some enthusiasts, it means consuming no supplements. For others, natural bodybuilding training is enhanced by certain supplements, but not all. If you are competing in bodybuilding events, the rules on supplements change with each competition. Here we will discuss some natural bodybuilding training basics to help you further decide which level of natural bodybuilding appeals to you.
Relying on Nutrition
Many natural bodybuilding participants depend on a healthy diet to help meet their objectives. They maintain their nutritional balance with the nutrients gleaned from the basic food groups for building muscle mass. To succeed with this type of healthy eating program in your bodybuilding regimen, you must work hard to educate yourself on the best foods to eat, the best way to eat them, and the best combination for optimum benefit. Most bodybuilders believe that a strict diet is critical to achieving their desired goals. But it’s all worth it, they say, when they achieve the toned, athletic body of a bodybuilder without using any type of supplements or medication.
If you choose the path that many bodybuilders opt to take, you have concluded that some supplements should be included in your bodybuilding training. Remember, the supplements you choose will be the deciding factor when it comes to determining exactly how natural your regimen is. Creatine is a substance many bodybuilders are using to improve aerobic and anaerobic activities, as well as enhance muscle mass. Another important supplement choice among bodybuilders is L-glutamine. To find out which substances are considered acceptable during natural bodybuilding training programs, your best bet will be to attend some competitions yourself, and see which products are OK, and which are banned. Although each competition does things a little differently, you can get a sense of what supplements are consistently banned, and which are not.
If you decide to shun all supplements, those allowed as well as those banned, in your natural bodybuilding program, keep in mind that when you compete you will be going up against those athletes who choose to use allowed supplements, something that may put you at a genuine disadvantage. If you participate in competitions with no restrictions, you can be assured that you will be up against bodybuilders whose programs include products that are outside of the natural supplement specter.
The rule of thumb is, if it’s legal, someone will be using it. This will not interfere with your ability to compete based on your natural training course, but you will be up against bodybuilders who are getting some serious physical boosts through supplements.
There has been a very strong movement of the last decade or so to clean sport up and get drugs out the door. Bodybuilding in particular has been under intense scrutiny regarding doping issues and there have been several notable moves made by the big players in the industry to get the sport in line with current drug free trends.
One organisation that has done much to promote drug free bodybuilding is the INBA . The INBA is extremely strict regarding its drug free policies and adheres to International Olympic Committee drug lists and testing. This approach is in stark contrast to groups such as the NPC which only tests for anabolic steroids, prescription diuretics and prohormones.
It is this lack of consistency when it comes to the anti doping controls that sometimes sideline natural bodybuilding competitions and their competitors as being somehow inferior. As long as there is no universal ruling regarding the use of banned substances and even which substances should be banned, there is very little chance of bodybuilding ever being totally drug free.
Testing methods prior to natural bodybuilding competitions also differs greatly between the different natural bodybuilding organisations. One will do IOC style blood testing, another urinalysis and some even go for polygraphs. And the all have their own banned substance listings to further confound the issue. Natural bodybuilders earn the rank of natural professional bodybuilder through their membership and of the many drug free bodybuilding association, but what is the status of that rank once earned. Bodybuilders using banned substances with impunity will probably always pip the natural bodybuilders to the post when it comes to sheer bulk. So where is the incentive to go drug free?
At the end of the day, public sentiment and the work done by drug free bodies in getting the message out regarding the benefits of clean sport are the only really effective entities when it comes to instituting reform. That and universal solidarity on issues such as banned substance classifications, testing methods and the structure that natural bodybuilding competitions are to follow. It is inevitable however, if one considers global trends, that the door will eventually shut permanently on the silent support that banned substance use in sport so often gets. It will, of course, never stop their use which is sad really as the standards seen in natural bodybuilding competitions are every bit as high as any non-controlled events.
The Rules of Natural Bodybuilding
Various organizations today are involved in the sport of Natural Bodybuilding and the rules vary from one to the other. The largest of these organizations is the International Natural Bodybuilding Association . They are also known to be the strictest with their guidelines. Their mission is to make the sport completely drug-free and in their endeavor to achieve the target they follow the rules put in place by the International Olympic Committee and the World Anti-Doping Association.
Since there are so many organizations running a single sport there are bound to be contradictions and also loopholes in the system that one can work his way around. Many bodybuilders actually used these loopholes to get into competitions. People who did not have the best of physiques claimed to be natural bodybuilders. They were unable to make it in the big league and tried to make themselves fit into the new league. Many companies also jumped into the bandwagon as they sensed a new business opportunity. With a huge market to tap into, this became a very promising business proposition. What got lost in all that was the true motive behind the new sport.
However the good news is that there has been a continued interest in the sport from honest people who want a proper physique and who are not keen on experimenting with drugs to achieve that. This large segment has helped the sport to survive and prosper. A natural bodybuilder in the truest sense of the term will never try banned substances. And when we say never it means that he should not have experimented with banned substances even before he got introduced to the sport. This is crucial because many of the anabolic steroids and growth inducing hormones leave a permanent effect on the body that can never be revoked.
Things to Avoid
Before you embark on Natural Bodybuilding one of the first things you should know is what exactly you need to avoid. You might receive advice from a friend about a new drug, sometimes even the trainer might suggest something. Not every time will they be right with their opinion. So, to make sure that you are not getting it wrong, you have to know for yourself which are the substances you need to stay away from. Below we have listed a few of the most popular substances that are regularly used by bodybuilders to gain an unfair advantage.