As part of measures put in place to control the spread of coronavirus, all gyms in the country were closed and bodybuilders are facing a difficult time keeping fit. They usually train for hours almost daily in the in gym following a strict diet. During lockdown, there are no competitions to prepare for, no places available for training and they have difficulty staying fit and following the diet. Most of the bodybuilders who prepared for summer competitions had to change their diet and they have returned to a bulking phase because they are not sure when they will have to start cutting. This has had a negative impact on their development in the sport.
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Bodybuilding training programs are built around lifting heavier weights, so most of them have had to improvise their workouts and train at home. However, most home equipment will not have the same impact as a set of dumbbells, barbells and plates. But part of the key for bodybuilders is to change the way they workout, focusing on the volume of repetitions and putting the muscles under tension for longer to get a result similar to the gym. Therefore, it is crucial for bodybuilders to push their sets close to failure. This type of workout is called “metabolic stress style workouts”. Metabolic stress is commonly known as “pumping” and refers to cell swelling and increased acidity – the “burning” of a muscle during training. This happens when longer repetitions are performed with shorter rest periods and there is a lot of scientific research that shows that it contributes to muscle growth (Fink et.al.,2016).
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Unfortunately for bodybuilders and for the people who love this sport, most of the competitions were cancelled or reschedule due to pandemic situations and new decisions were made by the competent authorities. (IFBB, 2020). As a result, this will be a stressful and hard period for professional bodybuilders leading up to the end of the year.