I’m starting my journey into the bodybuilding world. Although, I’ve been told that my goal fits in with the Classic Physique category.
What I’d like to do is share some of the insights that I’m learning on my journey to becoming a bodybuilder. And hopefully, you will be able to achieve your bodybuilding goals.
How can you become a bodybuilder?
The good news is that anybody can register to compete in an amateur bodybuilding competition. So regardless of how you look, you can enter and compete in a bodybuilding show.
I think that instead of asking how you can become a bodybuilder, you should ask questions like:
- What kind of look do I need to compete as a bodybuilder?
- What do I need to do to win a bodybuilding competition?
- What bodybuilding competition category should I compete in?
How long does it take to become a bodybuilder?
Most competitive bodybuilders will work on a timeline of 6-12 months. Some may plan their bodybuilding journey over 18-24 months.
This depends on the bodybuilding goals that they have in mind and the aesthetic developments that they need to achieve to compete and win in their desired bodybuilding competition.
What should I do to become a bodybuilder?
Get a bodybuilding coach.
The first thing that you need to do is get a bodybuilding coach that can give you the direction that you need to achieve your bodybuilding goals.
You will need your bodybuilding coach to assess your current aesthetic status; and then develop a strategy that will allow you to achieve your physical goals.
Get your physique critiqued.
You will win (or place) in a bodybuilding show depending on how the bodybuilding judges score your physique in the category that you are competing in.
Below is a video that explains how judges score bodybuilding contestants.
You have the following categories.
Classic Physique Bodybuilding Category
What is the Classic Physique Bodybuilding category?
The Classic Physique focuses on the Old School aesthetic bodybuilding look. this division was introduced in 2016.
Classic Physique Bodybuilding athletes need to focus on:
- Thin waist
- Broad shoulders
- Muscle definition
Your competition weight will be determined by the following.
- 1. Up to & incl. 168 cm Max Weight [kg] = (Height [cm] – 100) plus FOUR (4) Kgs
- 2. Up to & incl. 171 cm Max Weight [kg] = (Height [cm] – 100) plus SIX (6) Kgs
- 3. Up to & incl. 175 cm Max Weight [kg] = (Height [cm] -100) plus EIGHT (8) Kgs
- 4. Up to & incl. 180 cm Max Weight [kg] = (Height [cm] -100) plus ELEVEN (11) Kgs
- 5. Over 180 cm:
- a) over 180 cm up to & incl. 190 cm: Max Weight [kg] = (Height [cm] -100) plus THIRTEEN (13) Kgs
- b) over 190 cm up to & incl. 198 cm: Max Weight [kg] = (Height [cm] – 100) plus FIFTEEN (15) kgs
- c) over 198 cm: Max Weight [kg] = (Height [cm] – 100) plus SEVENTEEN (17) kgs
What are the required poses in Men’s Classic Physique Bodybuilding?
- Front double biceps
- Side chest
- Back double biceps
- Abdominals and thighs with vacuum
What are the best physiques in the Men’s Classic Physique bodybuilding category?
Chris Bumstead is the current Mr Olympia champion.
Terrence Ruffin placed 2nd at the 2020 Mr Olympia.
Open Men’s Bodybuilding Category
What is the Open Men’s bodybuilding category?
Open Men’s bodybuilding refers to the open weight category, which allows bodybuilding athletes to build size, without having any weight restrictions.
According to IFBB, the judging in Open Men’s Bodybuilding requires the following.
- The judge should then survey the whole physique, starting from the head, and looking at every part of the physique in a downward sequence.
- Judges will look for muscular bulk
- Judges will look for balanced development
- Judges will look for muscular density and definition
- The downward survey should take in the head, neck, shoulders, chest, all of the arm muscles, front of the trunk for pectorals, pec-delt tie-in, abdominals, waist, thighs, legs, calves and feet.
- The same procedure for back poses will also take in the upper and lower trapezius, teres and infraspinatus, erector spinae, the gluteus group, the leg biceps group at the back of the thighs, calves, and feet.
What is the best physique in Men’s Open Bodybuilding?
Big Ramy (Mamdouh Elssbiay)
Big Ramy is the 2020 Mr Olympia champion.
Currently, Big Remy
What do you need to do to compete as a bodybuilder?
Diet and nutrition
You need to have the right diet and nutrition to fuel your body’s muscles to grow.
Additionally, this will need to consume the right balance of macros to stimulate recovery and muscle growth, release enough energy for the muscles to power through the workouts, ensure that the muscles are hydrated, and to maintain the right balance of body fat on the body’s frame.
You need to structure a training program that will allow you to develop the aesthetic look that will allow you to win the bodybuilding competition that you enter.
You will need programs that will:
- Increase your strength levels.
- Stimulate muscle growth in the right areas to achieve the aesthetic look.
- Have a conditioning element that will allow you to control the amount of body fat on your frame.
- Factors in recovery time and growth.
- Minimizes the risk of injury.
Finally, you need to pose on stage in a way that will highlight the physical and aesthetic attributes that the judges are looking for in your bodybuilding class.
What are some frequently asked questions about starting bodybuilding?
Can you become a bodybuilder at 40?
Yes you can. You will start in the senior devision and you will need to need to tailor a training program to your body’s current body composition, strength levels, and recovery. 40 is still young, so you should be able to compete consistently over the following 10 years.
Can you become a bodybuilder at 30?
Yes you can. You will start in the senior devision and you will need to need to tailor a training program to your body’s current body composition, strength levels, and recovery. 30 is still young, so you should be able to compete consistently over the following 20 years.
You will have more time to put on lean muscle and compete in the Men’s Classic Physique and work your way to the men’s Open bodybuilding category if that’s your goal.
Can you become a bodybuilder at 50?
Yes you can. You will start in the senior devision and you will need to need to tailor a training program to your body’s current body composition, strength levels, and recovery. 50 years old will require a different training approach. Competing in Men’s Open Bodybuilding may prove to be more challenging. However, competing in the Classic Physique may be more attainable.
If you start at 50, you can focus on progressively developing your physique over the next 10 years.
If you have any other questions or suggestions, please leave them in the comments below.
Thanks for reading.