Generally speaking, it is the desire of the average man to achieve the perfect body, a feat that is not easily achieved as it is said. So many people dedicate their lives to this feat which in one word is known as body building. This process, involves the modification of the body due to intensive cell growth in the muscle as well as the application of a carefully laid out diet and an individual who engages in this activity is known as a Body Builder.
The act of muscle sculpting is performed for three reasons; recreation, competitive sport or for personal betterment. Recreational body building is performed for the sole purpose of relaxation.
Now in the area of competitive sport, there are two forms; competitive and general sports. In general sports, and this is judged based on physical appearance and participant demonstration. Recently, there's been a campaign to induct body building as an Olympic sport, but this campaign has been faced with oppositions from certain sectors claiming that body building is not an actual sport but a contest that is non-athletic, thereby restricting it's participation as a general sport.
Now competitive body building brings body builders together under the scrutiny of judges to demonstrate a number of poses intended to draw attention to certain muscle groups highlighting the uniqueness and physique of the human body. For Body Builders engaged in such competition, the poses are a large and important part of body building and many of them spend almost half of their training time perfecting these posing routines.
For both competitive and personal body building, makes use of a number of techniques for gaining and shaping the muscles. The most common technique is to acquire as much mass as possible over an extended period of time by working on lifting more weights each week. When a threshold or set change is achieved, the body builder then focuses on shaping or sculpting the existing muscle mass, in the case of a competition; the focus is shifted so as to achieve a finer tone of the muscles.
Conclusively, the indulgence of muscle sculpting should be seen as a form of achieving aesthetics and balance of muscle mass and not a form of acquiring feats of strength and agility. It is also important to note that when body building, there should be a strict diet adherence and an increase in the intake of vitamins, minerals, and protein.
For a beginning body builder, the use of body building shakes and supplements which is readily available is most adequate, though there are also chemical supplements which are not usually recommended or advised both for competitive and health reasons.