For those who are interested in bodybuilding, one of the notable downsides of building large muscles is that they can tend to seem a bit soft. That is not to say the muscle is squishy or unimpressive. Instead, they just can sometimes seem to be not as tight and as hard during flex as you would like.
This is partially down to the way that large muscle develops. It is also linked to the fact that during bodybuilding training and before weight-cutting, the body is supplemented with hydration and calories. This means that along with larger muscle comes more water weight and more fat. In order to cut down on this phenomenon, there are some supplemental workouts and activities you can do to create harder all-around muscle types.
For bodybuilding, there is nothing that can replace free-weight and kettle bell workouts. These types of workouts develop the larger muscle groups most effectively and allow for bulking. However, by adding in days of resistance training, one can develop the secondary muscles that surround the major muscle groups.
One of the major reasons bodybuilders can look large rather than cut is because their secondary muscles are overlooked in favor of primary muscle groups. This is especially true when someone works on a particular part of the body more than others. By using resistance training, secondary groups can be better developed.
This gives the body a better “cut” look, and will still give the primary groups a quality workout. The free-weight and kettle bell workouts should not be removed but simply supplemented.
There are still large portions of bodybuilders who do not use yoga as part of their routine. This is unfortunate, as yoga can help develop parts of the body and muscle tissue. The result is a more complete and harder muscle mass.
Yoga also works the muscles in a variety of directions and stress positions. Both of these facts result in more complete muscle growth of the primary muscle. This effect is cause by red-tissue muscle fibers to develop, rather than simply quick-twitch muscle fibers (used for heavy lifting over short periods).
If you have ever seen an Olympic swimmer, you know that they have rather tight and well-formed muscle groups. Swimming causes almost every muscle in the body to be activated in order to keep afloat and propel itself.Because every muscle is used, the body sheds fat and develops muscle everywhere. Bodybuilders can consider undertaking swimming as a sport as they can expect muscle types to tighten and become more developed overall.
Most bodybuilders will not want to take to full-contact kickboxing. However, if you look at professional boxers body types, you can tell they are in tremendous full-body shape. By implementing the types of workouts a kickboxer uses during a non-emphasis day, a bodybuilder will find tremendous results.
The mixture of kicking, punching and movement forces you to engage the core as well as every major muscle group. All of this not only helps tone the secondary and core muscles, it also helps keep the major groups explosive and activated.
Just like with the other training types, this type of workout does not have to be done in lieu of major training. Instead, it can be done during off-days when you still want to remain active.