Teenage bodybuilding is now a recognized sport and competitions are growing in number and popularity.
It is really important that teenagers, who are into bodybuilding as a sport, learn all they can about health, nutrition and physical fitness.
The most important fact for teenage bodybuilders to understand is that they are not adults, and what may be pertinent for an adult body builder is not necessarily suitable for a teenager.
In fact, some practices accepted by adults are dangerous for young people and should not be considered safe in teenage bodybuilding.
A teenager is still growing. Between the ages of 14 and 18, a teenager’s body is filling out and developing. It is important that teenage bodybuilders workout in a safe and sensible manner to avoid injury that could have a life-changing impact.
Teenage bodybuilding is a healthy activity that can be enjoyed by anyone who is interested enough to work at it, but a sensible approach is vital. Safety must always be the primary concern; permanent injury is not a risk worth taking.
An experienced, professional coach is important in teenage bodybuilding. Whether you want to compete at the highest level or just enjoy the sport, a good coach will have your best interests at heart and will keep your health and well-being in mind.
Your coach will develop a bodybuilding program for you, based on your body type and personal goals, using all the science and experience he or she has learnt. Follow your coach’s advice and methods for the best results.
Supplements are not considered suitable for teenagers, and steroids especially must not be taken. Most body building supplements contain high levels of caffeine which could cause heart problems in young people.
Making sure you follow a sensible, healthy and balanced diet is sufficient for your needs in teenage bodybuilding, and further supplementation is unnecessary and possibly dangerous. Maintain healthy habits and don’t take anything that is not a natural product.
A healthy diet contains plenty of fresh vegetables and fruit, lean protein, wholegrain breads and cereals. Drink plenty of water and limit sugary sodas. Foods to avoid include fried and fast food, foods that contain added sugar and highly processed foods.
Remember that a growing body needs the correct proportion of protein, carbohydrates and fats. Top coaches involved in teenage bodybuilding recommend that 6 meals a day are more effective in building muscle.
One of the hottest issues in teenage bodybuilding is the effect of a high protein diet on a teenager’s body and general health. There has been a lot of controversy around this topic, with many medical experts disagreeing with the bodybuilding experts.
Like so many things in science, it is an issue which has no clear answer and you need to be guided by your parents, coach and family doctor. Remember the good advice of “all things in moderation.”
It is important that you take the training and bodybuilding process slowly. Your body needs to adjust to the diet, workouts, exercises and weights.
Teenage bodybuilding, like adult bodybuilding is a process and takes time. The process to a perfect body cannot be rushed, so be patient and follow your coach’s advice to achieve the results you want.