In my experience there are basically three types of people who develop an interest in muscle-building, and these are as follows:
1. The Serious Bodybuilders
At one end of the scale you obviously have the serious bodybuilders. These are the huge muscle-bound men that you might associate with the World’s Strongest Man competition, for example, and are the kind of people that just want to get as big and as strong as they possibly can.
You also have those bodybuilders who don’t necessarily want to get as big as possible, but do still want to build some large muscles and get totally ripped in order to enter professional bodybuilding competitions, for example, like the legendary bodybuilder Robby Robinson (pictured right).
These guys will generally train for at least 3-5 days per week in the gym, and will be heavily reliant on some serious strength work, a high protein diet (and indeed a high calorie diet generally), protein drinks and maybe some good quality supplements as well.
2. The Casual Weight Trainers
If you visit a gym on a regular basis, you will also find plenty of men who lift weights purely to build a little bit of extra muscle.
These people don’t necessarily want to become bodybuilders. They primarily want to build muscular arms and get some definition in their chest at the very least in order to improve their appearance for whatever reason.
I, along with most other gym-goers, fall into this category, although you can’t really categorize these people because some will be occasional visitors to the gym, whilst others will be in there several times a week.
You will also find that some know exactly what they are doing when it comes to their workout routine, their diet plan and heir choice of supplements, whilst others will do the same exercises over and over again, or will practice bad form when lifting weights and have no kind of structured plan to their muscle-building program.
3. The Toners
The final group of people who develop an interest in muscle-building are primarily women who just want to add a little bit of muscle definition in their arms and / or legs, for instance, and only want them to become toned rather than muscular.
Very few women, other than female bodybuilders, are interested in building huge muscles because they obviously want to avoid looking more masculine.
Therefore they will be more likely to use very light weights when working out, and are less likely to stick to a high protein diet, for example, or make heavy use of protein drinks or supplements.
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