"The practice of enhancing your physique through exercise."
Bodybuilding is precisely that, building your body, growing your muscles - AKA: Gains. If you're looking to build muscle mass for aesthetics or become the next Arnie, we've got the kit you need and the knowledge to help you in your training.
What equipment do you need for Bodybuilding?
The basic training principles for gaining muscle are to be weightlifting at an intensity of 65-80% of your 1 Rep Max for 8-12 per reps in any given exercise. To work out effectively and follow this rule, you need to make sure that for each exercise, you have two things: enough weight to reach your 65-80% and a way to load and move the weight safely. For a squat, this would mean having enough plates for your barbell and having a good squat rack so that you can load up and perform your exercise safely. And never underestimate the importance of spotter arms.
For isolation exercises, like bicep and tricep work, it's ideal to have a good range of dumbbells. If you don't have room for a full rack of dumbbells in your home workout space, consider investing in a pair of adjustable dumbbells, which serve as a full rack in one.
How to train like a Bodybuilder
It's all well and good knowing the principles of exercise for muscle gain, but how do you apply these principles effectively to get the most out of each workout? How often should you be training each body part? What should you be doing outside of your workouts to support your growth?
The truth is, there is no one-size-fits-all approach. Everyone's bodies, minds and goals are unique, so what's best for you may not be the same as what's best for the Big Bicep Bills and Shredded Sheila's you see on Instagram.
If you're a beginner, starting any new fitness regimen will be a shock for your body, so the best thing to do is start slow. Aim to work out 3 x per week to begin with, focusing on large, compound movements like squats, deadlifts and bench. It can be tempting to lift as heavy as you possibly can but risking injury will only hurt your goals in the long run. Check out our blogs, where we go into more detail on training for specific goals.
What makes good Bodybuilding equipment?
Your workout equipment is the tool that is going to help you achieve your goals; it's the space that provides your zen and, most importantly, it's the thing that's going to prevent you from injury if you fail your last rep - we've all been there. When you're on your last set, your final push, you need to know that if you reach your impasse and that weight isn't going to go back up, you can safely get out of dodge.
Before buying the piece of kit that is going to provide this safety for you, like a rack, always check the weight it is designed to hold. The same goes for barbells, dumbbells and pull up bars. MuscleSquad equipment is generally categorised into Phase 1, Phase 2 and Phase 3. While all equipment we produce is rigorously tested for safety and functionality, a seriously heavy lifter would be recommended to use Phase 3 equipment as this is made from the thickest steel, therefore supporting the heaviest weight.