Her body gleams in the blazing lights, the muscles so clearly defined that they could be an anatomical chart for students of medicine. Her figure is taut as she turns and bends her arm, hunching her shoulders to make her muscles bulge and ripple on command.
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Lean mass building or bodybuilding is a sport of discipline, courage and dedication,” says Sagar Pednekar, fitness expert at Gold’s Gym India.
Men generally find bodybuilding easier than women do, because they have higher levels of testosterone than women. Women, on the other hand, have more of estrogen and progesterone, the hormones which tend to promote fat.
But it isn’t impossible for women to build their bodies. When a woman wants to build muscles, she needs to combine a good workout under a trainer’s guidance with a balanced and protein-rich diet that includes lots of green leafy vegetables too. Non-vegetarians should eat meat three times a week.
Load-bearing exercises are vital for the first three or four months of training, but then you need to stop as they affect the abdomen and back. Then the focus has to be on stretching exercises to keep the body mobile and maintain the flexibility of the inner thighs and muscles.
Lower back strengthening exercises are important, because as the stomach starts stretching, there is pressure on the lower back too.
To train in bodybuilding after childbirth, extra precaution needs to be taken. In normal delivery, workouts begin after two weeks.
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From HT Brunch, February 1
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