The world of competitive bodybuilding is a niche area within the fitness arena, often controversial but nevertheless providing the inspiration for many to seek changes to their physique and health.
As we head into autumn the bodybuilding ‘season’ is reaching it’s peak, with some of the biggest shows being held over the next month.
One of the most iconic events in the calendar took place over the weekend, with Phil Heath being crowed Mr Olympia for a 5th consecutive year. UK athlete Flex Lewis also achieved a 4th ‘212 showdown’ title (a class for athletes weighing in at 212 pounds or under). The IFBB Mr Olympia Amateur England show takes place on 31 October and 1 November in Liverpool.
Also in the UK, a week later, the UK Bodybuilding and Fitness Federation (UKBFF) British Championships are in Nottingham, whilst elsewhere the Natural Amateur Body-Builders Association (NABBA) hold the NABBA Universe competition on 31 October. Future Fit graduate Linda Gartside won this contest in 2012 (as well as the Miss Great Britain and Miss UK titles in 2011 and 2010 respectively).
The NABBA England competition actually takes place on Sunday 18 October, the very same day as our Train to Gain workshop in Manchester, where you can experience first-hand the techniques and methods used by bodybuilders and physique athletes to gain lean muscle effectively. Developed by experienced competitors including 3x British Champion Heather Oakes (pictured) and Jacqueline Hooton, October’s workshop will be delivered by Katie Farnden, a UKBFF bikini-class athlete.
The workshop covers:
- The 3 mechanisms by which muscle hypertrophy occurs, and how to apply them
- Key training variables to manipulate to maximise results
- Practical exercise techniques to enhance the muscle-building process
- What truly effective hypertrophy training feels like - the importance of intensity
The last time we ran this workshop, it sold out very quickly so if you want to learn how to support yourself and your clients to build muscle, book one of the remaining spaces here.