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Top Tips for Clients Who Want to Bulk-Up

January 25, 2016

Personal trainers typically encounter a wide variety of clients who have different goals and aspirations, like people who would like to bulk up. These clients tend to require more care to ensure their fitness routine is safe and healthy since it can easily be done incorrectly. To make sure your gym’s personal trainers are prepared for those clients who want to bulk up, follow these tips:

Encourage Healthy Eating Habits

While working out is an important part of achieving your client’s goal to bulk up, eating healthy plays an even bigger role.

Stick to a Clean Diet

Sticking to a clean diet will help your client achieve their fitness results faster, and will allow them to maintain them longer. Encourage your client to eat natural, whole foods such as:

  • Fresh meats
  • Vegetables
  • Healthy fats like avocados
  • Fruit
  • Good starches like potatoes

Emphasize the importance of staying away from processed foods with additives and refined oils.

Adjust Your Client’s Calorie Intake

Most people think that if you are in the market to bulk up, you need to drastically increase your calorie intake—simply eat whatever you can, which cannot be further from the truth. While clients will have to typically eat more, make sure you evaluate your client’s lifestyle and current eating habits before determining a calorie intake that is right for them. A good rule of thumb is aim for a daily calorie goal of 16 x body weight in pounds. Then, make sure that those calories are from healthy foods.

Recommend Pre- and Post-Workout Drinks

Pre- and post-workout drinks that contain large amounts of protein are essential for packing on muscle. Protein is the building block for muscle, so you want to make sure you client is getting enough of it. Post-workout drinks allow your client’s body to replenish nutrients it may have lost during a vigorous workout. Just make sure that these drinks are balanced with water, because drinking too much can make a client sick.

Incorporate Weight and Strength Training

While this tip may seem like a given, it is important to incorporate the right amount of strength and weight training into your client’s fitness routine. Make sure you are not neglecting any muscle groups in order to avoid muscle imbalance and achieve the best results. Free weight exercises, medicine balls, bench press, and pull-ups are all great strength training exercises that will allow your client’s body to build new muscle in their effort to bulk up.

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