The most common habits of successful bodybuilders.
Of all the people working out to get a better physique, only a few can be deemed successful. Most people blame their genetics for not seeing results in the gym while the real problem lies elsewhere. It’s all about routine and how you manage to give yourself the right tools for real success. Gains just don’t happen overnight. It takes work and a solid work ethic to get there. But knowing the habits of successful bodybuilders will better prepare you for that daunting road ahead.
Being successful at bodybuilding takes a lot of self-discipline. If you follow fitness athletes on social media, you would have seen a common pattern in their days. There are certain things accomplished bodybuilders do every day which makes them the best at what they do. It becomes a job, not just a hobby. We work every day, right? So for us to see gains and a desired physique we want most, we also need to make sure that we are firing on all cylinders and treating our passion for health and fitness as a job.
Let’s take a look at 10 daily habits that bodybuilders do in order to see the best gains. With the right approach and knowing how the best in the world structure their day, you can better tackle those goals so you see the best gains possible.
10 Daily Habits Of Successful Bodybuilders
The right plan and structure will set you up for success with anything you do, but especially those goals we intend on seeing come those bodybuilding gains. These 10 daily habits are exactly what the pros do to look and feel great.
1. Wake Up Early
We’re sure you would have never seen a professional bodybuilder wake up late and social media is a proof for this. Successful people wake up early and get to work. Most of the successful bodybuilder workout early in the morning to get it out of the way and to handle their business while they have energy.
2. Follow a Schedule
Top bodybuilders follow a schedule. They don’t go to the gym when it is convenient for them. They have a fixed schedule which they follow. Your muscles respond better to your workouts when you hit the gym at the same time every day and keep up with a consistent routine.
3. Eat Frequently
Following a healthy diet is a must. It doesn’t end there, you have to eat frequently and on time. Feeding your muscles at regular intervals helps in the recovery process. If you’re looking to build muscles, you should be eating anywhere between 6-8 meals a day and keeping up your fuel intake for only the best gains (1).
4. Set Goals
You should have short-term and long-term goals. You can’t expect to see results in the gym if you go there without a goal. All the successful bodybuilders have a goal in their minds when they step into the gym and they will do anything to achieve it. Short term goals set you up for long term goals so don’t shoot for the stars. Set reasonable goals and you are way more likely to achieve them (2).
5. Plan in Advance
As Benjamin Franklin famously said, “If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail.” You need to have a workout, diet, and a day plan ready in advance. When you have your workout plans ready in advance, you can focus on the workouts instead of thinking of exercises to do next. By planning out your meals, you don’t have the hassle of waiting and you can jump right into eating to give your body what it needs most. A structure to your day sets you up way better in the long run.
Visualization is made famous by Arnold Schwarzenegger. He used visualization techniques to imagine his dream physique and then worked in the gym to achieve it. Visualization combined with the mind-muscle connection can take your gains to a whole new level. By seeing your goals and your desired results ahead of time, you are way more likely to see them in real life.
7. Work on Something Bigger
While you might enjoy your time in the gym, don’t get absorbed by it. Take out the time to work on something bigger. Most of the famous bodybuilders spend short but effective time in the gym and work outside the gym to build their empires. This can be another passion or hobby that you seek to take to new heights and one you absolutely enjoy doing.
In today’s era, you will hardly find a successful bodybuilder who lives in isolation. If you’ve achieved a goal, share it with the world and motivate them. On the other hand, if you’re working towards a goal sharing it with your friends and family can motivate you to work harder for it. Having accountability is huge and will prove to pay off big time in the long run.
9. Have Fun
Not seeing results can lead to frustration and anxiety. It is important you have fun in and out of the gym. Don’t let go of a chance to have fun. Follow a hobby or spend some time with your friends and family. When working out becomes fun, you are likely to see the best gains.
10. Sleep Well
No matter how hard you work in the gym, deep sleep is where all the magic happens. Your muscles need at least six hours of sleep every night to rest and repair after your workouts. It is time you stop wearing sleep deprivation as a badge of honor (3).
Now that you have these 10 daily habits written in one place, you can refer back as you look to build the best physique possible. With the right structure you can better prepare for all those gains and give your day the right layout to achieve all of those desired goals.
Let us know what you think in the comments below. Also, be sure to follow Generation Iron on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
*Images courtesy of Envato
- Paoli, A.; et al. (2019). “The Influence of Meal Frequency and Timing on Health in Humans: The Role of Fasting”. (source)
- Bailey, R. (2019). “Goal Setting and Action Planning for Health Behavior Change”. (source)
- Dattilo, M.; et al. (2011). “Sleep and muscle recovery: endocrinological and molecular basis for a new and promising hypothesis”. (source)