There is an intense interest in both bodybuilding and fitness in our country. Body building is especially interesting because it used to be just for young guys, but no longer. There are lots of women and older men who invest the time to create a fabulous body.
I admit that I'm not a fan of the bodybuilding-magazine-cover folks with the bulging veins. Ugh. But there's no reason to look like that. You can still be in superb shape without looking a bit … freakish. Want to know my ideal woman, physically speaking? It's Linda Hamilton in Terminator 2. If I could pick a body out of a magazine and have mine be just like that, hers is the body I would choose. Still, I've lost 58.4 pounds so far and am moving in that direction.
So, if you're interested in bodybuilding, fitness or exercise, here's a page on BlissPlan that will be frequently updated as we move through this fascinating subject. We won't include everything, though, so that you won't faint when you look at the page. :-)
BODYBUILDING & FITNESS REVIEWS
TACFIT Commando Review
Eric Cressey: Show and Go Review
Final Phase Fat Loss Review
Balance Ball Beginners DVD with Suzanne Deason
P90X Review: Evaluating The Hot P90X Program
BODYBUILDING & FITNESS ONLINE FITNESS TRACKERS
Fitness Tracker: Daily Burn Review
Fitness Tracker: Daily Mile
Fitness Tracker: Fitness Journal
BODYBUILDING & FITNESS ARTICLES
8 Fitness Tips For Folks Who Absolutely HATE Exercise! (Part 1)
8 Fitness Tips For Folks Who Absolutely HATE Exercise! (Part 2)
11 Health and Fitness Tips From The Great Bill Pearl, Part 2
11 Health and Fitness Tips From The Great Bill Pearl, Part 1
11 Reasons Why Lack Of Exercise Is A HUGE Mistake
The Treadmill: A Comparison To Outdoor Running
Best Work Out Videos & The Best Work Out DVDs
Best Butt Exercises: 4 Superb Butt Lift Exercises
Cold Weather Exercise Compared To Hot Weather Exercise
Blood Circulation & Exercise: Do Exercise To Increase Blood Circulation
Aerobic Step Equipment = ENERGY!
How To Bulk Up Without Gaining Fat
To Stretch: 10 Tips For Stretching Your Body For Superb Conditioning
Three Safe & Legal Bodybuilding Supplements
7 Ways To Choose The Right Fitness Trainer For You
Mini Trampoline, Rebounder or ‘Regular’ Trampoline?
Evaluating Home Fitness Machines: Bowflex and Total Gym
Body Building Supplements To Increase Muscle Mass
More, more, more to come …
Along with diet go regullary to gym.
When I was losing weight, I lifted weights instead of doing the cardio that most women do. Building muscle is a very important component of exercise even when you are trying to lose weight. Women tend to be afraid to build muscle but when they don’t work on that, they are missing out on a quick and effective way of staying in shape.
Sasha, I use weights too – both free weights and my weight machine. I use them for two reasons:
1) My mom had osteoporosis and I don’t ever want that horrible problem.
2) Muscle requires a lot more calories than fat so it’s easier to stay lean and in shape.
Dee Cooke says
You are so right about building muscle. Muscle helps increase our bodies natural metabolizim; thus, burning more calories naturally. I have noticed that when I build muscle, I don’t loose much weight because the muscle is heavier than fat. I usually notice that my clothes start to fit a lot better. I think some women find that building muscle and loosing a lot of weight do not go hand in hand a lot of times…just because the muscle is heavier than fat.
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Good for ‘old men’. :-) Living ‘x’ number of years is no excuse for becoming a sedentary blob as so many of us do. That’s really a shame when we humans allow ourselves to deteriorate.
This was an intensely interesting article. I have often wondered what it would be like to be mastering the laws of attraction. It is something we all aspire to and dream of and now the secrets are finally unlocked.
Great write up. I’m tired of all the feminine work out routines to help women get in the perfect hour glass shape while leaving guys with almost no options other than the steroid induced Hulk look. It’s good to see some content to help motivate and point us in the right direction of looking good and feeling good, with good tone and shape without the bulging veins and muscles
Brad, you mean you don’t want to have green skin and look like The Hulk? :-) I agree totally – it’s not very attractive. Have you ever looked at the guys on the front of those body building magazines? Yuck!
Linda Hamilton is my ideal too :) Sometimes I think I have a difficult body type to work with. I’m receptive to new techniques and ideas to keep myself fit, so I’ll be checking out the posts.
Way to go, Raine! The way she looks in Terminator 2 is so incredibly awesome! She was living proof (she’s dead now, sadly) that women can build muscle without looking like a steroid-bulging guy. I’ve tried to find a poster of her from T2 to use as inspiration but have been unsuccessful so far. :-(
Building muscle is a great way to replace fat and is a great option instead of purely cardio based work outs. A bit of muscle tone always looks great, as long as its not too overboard!
I know what you mean about ‘overboard’. I don’t know why anyone wants to see their veins protruding? Yet that seems to be a goal of serious body builders. Eeeeeeeeeeeuuuuuuuuuuuuwwwwwwwwwwww!
I am lucky to be born with great metabolism, so if i work out too much–I do look a bit freakish. Freakish thin. There’s some great ideas here and I’m glad to have read this. Straight cardio just kills me as it is. I love to mix and match and want to get a bit of muscle tone in my arms especially to avoid hangy skin.
I have been reading this more and more lately, that adding weights to your weight loss routine is a great way to burn fat. It makes since as lean muscle actually burns fat. I think it is great that you have lost close to 60 pounds. It is also great that you are sharing your experience. Thank you for sharing what you are doing and how having weights in your routine has helped you.
It’s amazing but I actually ENJOY using weights – unlike lots of other exercise programs. And when we enjoy doing something, it’s much easier to stick with it. It’s very meditative, instead of throwing our bodies around in a frenzy.
wow ….I believe that muscle building something very beautiful and gives the body a beautiful shape
I’m not sure what you’re saying? Do you mean that building muscle makes a body beautiful? If so, you are absolutely right!
Moses Jones says
I myself do not find the “bodybuilders” and their extremely big physique to be impressive. They don’t look like they can move. I am working on building muscle myself. I am incorporating a little bit of martial arts into my work out as well. My goal is to have a body that is like Jason Statham’s, Michael Jai White’s or anyone who is not all that big, but still muscular.
I LOVE the way Jason Statham looks! He’s tough and strong without looking like a muscle-bound freak. So cool.
I agree, I don’t find the intense physical shape of body builders to be attractive either. Personally, I opt for a more toned appearance, and I work specifically on my abs and biceps with simple exercises like press ups and crunches. I will be very interested to learn more from this page! :)
I’m willing to bet you look better than those muscle-bound guys with their veins popping out!
To stay in shape my daughter and I participate in tae kwon do lessons! It is great strength training and conditioning for the body! Not to mention the added peace of mind of being about to defend yourself in case the situation arises!
Very interesting article with a lot of good information about bodybuilding. I look forward to reading more about this subject.
Hannah Waddell says
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Jamie Northrup says
I really need to get fit and in shape, I’m not looking for the bodybuilder body neither, just some well toned abs, arms and legs, although my legs are already pretty good, and the arms can get a little bigger, but the abs are the big issue.
How nice to see the way that help motivate and point us in the right direction of looking good.thanks so much.
We all want to look good but it’s even more important to be healthy and feel good.
Gotta start losing some weight, eh!
I burst out laughing when I read what you wrote about Linda Hamilton! That is EXACTLY how I want to look. But it’s not just about looking fantastic. I want to feel fantastic, and be healthy and strong. I hope I can find more information about being healthy here.
I LOVE the way she looked! We have to look great in a healthy way, though. Some people have killed themsevles – literally – with their so-called health plan. Linda, smoked, unfortunately and she died of cancer. Feeling physically fabulous is just a pearl beyond price.
This is such a great article, that I think will help a lot of people out in the long run, Staying fit and in shape is a great thing to participate in. Thanks for contributing this article to the community.
Staying in shape is definitely a life-enhancing and worthwhile thing to do. If our bodies are a mess, life really sucks!
I love this article so much it’s because it is not only for men it is also for women. I myself is a very health frak person I like to eat right and always exercise everyday as part of my daily routine. I’m glad I found and read this article it teaches me a lot of thngs. Keep it up and i will be back in thsi site for more article related to this topic.
I think most women worry that we’re going to look like those guys on the covers of magazines with the bulging muscles and veins sticking out. But we’re not – women have to take steroids to look like that. The best reason for women to do body building, I think, is because it makes our bones so much stronger.
Congrats on loosing that much weight by bodybuilding. I’m starting myself and I already lost 3 pounds more to go. I’ll take a look at those guides so they can help me with my bodybuilding. Thanks.
Three pounds is a great start. Congrats!