Cardio for bodybuilding
You may have seen pictures of many bodybuilders and asked yourself how do they get so lean. Well first off their diets are normally pretty extreme and consist of low calories and pretty plain food. Most of these guys spend 5 to 6 days a week in the gym and countless hours in the kitchen preparing their food. These athletes spend 24 hours a day getting their bodies into the best shape possible. Most bodybuilders will start their diets at about 3 to 4 months out depending on their condition. I have noticed that most natural bodybuilders stay leaner in the offseason than most non-tested bodybuilders. This is mostly due to the fact that most natural athletes try to come into their shows a little leaner. The pros that compete in the IFBB generally use supplements that help them lean out a little faster so they might not diets as long as their natural counterpart. It also comes down to genetics and metabolism some people just need a lot less time getting lean.
So how much cardio does a bodybuilder do to bring this type of condition? Well it can very once again on the athletes genetics and metabolism. I have hear of some bodybuilders that will do 3 hours of cardio a day but generally I believe most shoot for under 1 hour. You maybe thinking how does 1 hour get them that lean? Well it’s a combination of things that play in the role of this crazy looking leanness. Number 1 is their diet, most bodybuilders only eat super lean protein sources and follow a lower calorie intake. Number 2 is their workouts, not only do the do cardio but they train with weights for at least 45 min a day 5 days a week. Most of the successful bodybuilders out there train extremely hard and fast creating a cardio type training session. I know what most of you are thinking right now a big part of it is from the drugs. Well this does play a part in some bodybuilding but not all, there are many drug free athletes out there like Doug Miller and Marc Lobliner who come in at a freakish body fat percentage. So it can be done naturally you just really need to put in the work at the gym and have your diet in check. Number 3 is their supplement program. Many of these guys use some of the best supplements on the market today such as BCAA, Whey Protein powder and Creatine. These all help in adding lean muscle and speeding up recovery.
What kind of cardio do most bodybuilders do?
This really depends on the size of the athlete, a 250 pound guy probably won’t do a lot of high intensity training compared to a smaller guy who will focus on HIT training. Most of the larger athletes can be found walking on a treadmill at a medium pace with a slight incline.