Dual Sport Bodybuilding – Can It Be Done?

Dual Sport Bodybuilding – Can It Be Done?

Many bodybuilders’ careers begin in the weight room for high school sports. Many of today’s top professional bodybuilders were state-level stars in football or wrestling. They soon discovered that they had a knack for putting on muscle through weight training and left their original sports to focus entirely on bodybuilding.

Likewise, many recreational bodybuilders also participate in indoor sports leagues or adult sports leagues for health and enjoyment purposes. This is great as it keeps things fresh, they are able to maintain a strength advantage in their chosen sport and get all the health benefits of both sports. However, a problem arises when an athlete tries to excel in one of the two sports at a higher level.

Bodybuilding is a 24/7 commitment. This requires one to be very selfish not only with diet, nutrition and supplementation, but also with recovery time. The body’s resources spent running up and down the basketball court after a workout will reduce muscle growth. The protein and glycogen that your body would like to provide us for muscle growth and recovery will be spent running, jumping and playing your sport of choice. And the large amount of food that bodybuilders consume will make them a bit sluggish and sluggish on most sports fields. The goal of bodybuilding is simple – to build the body. Other sports tend to break down the body in pursuit of excellence on the field or court.

If athletes wish to perform at the highest level in any sport, a choice must be made. The athlete may choose to be a top bodybuilder or a star in another sport. Not both. At the professional level, bodybuilding ranks as one of the lowest paid sports; most athletes would jump on a semi-pro football or basketball contract immediately upon selection. Yet for those with great bodybuilding genetics, the sport can also be very lucrative. The important thing is that the two-sport athlete knows that at some point in order to be the best in one area, he will have to move away from the other.

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