Body Building Anatomy
The anatomy of body building includes knowing what muscles are located where and how they are grown most effectively. It can be confusing, so as you read this article, find a mirror and locate the muscles on your own body. When you are body building, knowing the anatomy of your body can be very, very helpful. Of course, you know where your neck is. There are two basic neck muscles that you can focus on in your body building. The upper trapezius runs down the back of your neck from the nape of the neck to the shoulder. The levator scapulae runs next to the first five or six cervical vertebrae in your neck. The trapezius muscles run down your back from the nape of your neck to the waist on either side of the spine.
In bodybuilding terms, these muscles are referred to as the trap muscles. The deltoid muscles are located in your shoulders. The anterior delt is in the front part of the shoulder, the middle delt runs down the side of the shoulder, the posterior deltoid muscles run down the back part of the shoulder. The rotator cuff muscle runs just below the anterior delt from the armpit straight out. The muscles in your chest are the pectoral muscles. Your tricep muscles are located in your arms. They run down the sides of the arms from shoulder to elbow. The biceps, on the other hand, are located on the inside of the arm. There are also very distinct muscles in the forearms. Your abs are located in the stomach area – or abdominal region hence their name! In the legs, you have the quadriceps muscles in the front – or quads. The muscles in the back of the legs are located in the calf, or lower leg, and hamstring which is the upper leg.
Other major muscle groups you will want to focus on include glutes – or the buttocks, the lats which are in the upper back, and the lower trap muscles which is the lower back. Knowing your anatomy when you undertake a body building program is a very important part of effectively growing your muscles. When you know the various muscle groups in your anatomy, you can build those muscles and concentrate on them during your workouts. In bodybuilding, knowledge of human anatomy isn’t difficult when you know what you are looking for. Know your muscles and succeed in your bodybuilding goals.
Body building Contests
Many people who are big into body building get interested in entering bodybuilding contests to show off their physiques. These are great places to build confidence and motivate you to continue with your body building program. When you decide to start competing in bodybuilding contests, there are some things you should know first.
To begin with, attend a few contests before you enter one. Watch how the participants put together their program and what the winners do that the others don’t. See how they carry themselves and what poses they use to accent their muscles. Take notes and, if you get the chance, ask questions from those in the know.
You’ll need to plan well ahead of time before competing yourself, so start early – as much as six months to a year! There’s a lot to consider and a lot of work to do before you go on stage.
Take a look at your body and find the muscles that aren’t as toned as you’d like them to be. A bodybuilding contest is all about perfect bodies – or at least as perfect as you can get them. Just because you’ve lost a bunch of weight doesn’t mean you should be competing. You need strong muscles with a well-defined tone in order to win.
Pick some music that will get the crowd excited. Your routine will be your calling card and will determine whether or not you have a strong performance. Your music should contribute to how you pose and what you focus on when in front of the judges.
Your attire is important as well. The purpose of body building contests is to show off well-toned muscles, so you should show as much skin as possible, but do so in a tasteful way. Swimsuits are the best choice – Speedos for men and bikinis for women. You’ll want a comfortable fit so that you can move about easily and show all of your hard work.
When you have put together a posing routine, have someone video tape it for you and then watch it with a critical eye. Have someone else watch it as well and point out the things you are doing right as well as the things you are doing wrong. You can then work on the areas that need to be strengthened prior to the contest.
You need to pay special attention to your diet and workout routine. It is very important that you maintain the pace that got you here in the first place. Before entering body building contests there is no time to slack off. You’ll need to be diligent, but the effort will pay off.
There are many, many body building contests that you can enter when you’ve reached the point where you want to start competing. Local as well as national competitions can be very grueling, so know what you are up for. Bodybuilding contests are great places to show off what you’ve worked hard for – a ripped, toned body.