reply to post by Death_Kron
Definitely not healthy. Even for the experts who do it routinely. It is pretty common knowledge that body builders don't live long healthy lives.
All the manipulation of blood sugars, and hydration, and body weight, and additions of mass are not good.
Here is a typical run down of a bodybuilder for 6 months or so before a major event. First, it is all about gaining as much mass as possible, without
concern for fat. Intense workouts and muscle damage mean they need intense amounts of calories and proteins. They will ingest 8000-12000 calories
per day, mostly in the form of proteins, with maybe 10-20% calories from fat, and 10-20% calories from carbs. The carbs are typically only
pre-workout so they will be burned off as energy. The proteins are spaced evenly throughout the day and night, with the body builder waking up at
least every 3 hours during the night to ingest more protein. Almost zero cardio is done, because there just isn't enough caloric and protein intake
to handle the massive muscle repair and provide energy for cardio at the same time.
Then, a couple of months before the show, it becomes important to shed any fat, and begin to "shape" the muscles, and get a look at the symmetry and
any weak areas. The carbs are cut almost completely out, and the massive weight training is tailored down to finer movements targeting key areas, and
key portions of muscles like the "peaks" in the middle or the ends near the joints.
Then, a couple of weeks before the show, maybe up to a month before the show it becomes massive "cutting" time. Water pills, caffeine, ephedrine,
even insulin shots are all common to help. Calories come exclusively from proteins. Training becomes more of a low-impact toning routine with
limited cardio designed to burn fat and save muscle and allow muscles to fully engorge and recover and swell.
The 48 hours before a show are all about shedding every last drop of water weight. Intense routines unique to each body builder result in losing a
lot of body weight/water in a very short time 10lbs is nothing. It is unhealthy, and it results in overloads on the liver and kidneys, discoloration
of skin, yellowing eyes, inelasticity in the skin, etc. BUT, an hour or so before the show, the bodybuilder will switch back to NO2, Sugar Water, and
Caffeine. The Sugar Water swells the blood vessels and engorges the skin. The Vascularity "pops" all the vessels to the surface and raises the blood
pressure. The elasticity returns, the energy goes through the roof, and they come out and give a great show. Then, it takes about 3 months to
recover and begin to plan for the next show!
Of course, it is much higher tech than that. There are many supplements, and nutritionists, and prescriptions, and trainers, and each body builder
has their own specific routine they have found that works for their body type.
Body weight and muscle manipulation is a serious science these days. Pro Athletes such as Terrell Owens have taken it to an even higher level with
ballistic training and such.
edit on 25-9-2011 by getreadyalready because: (no reason given)