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Big O's Frequently Asked Questions
I believe my weekly Q&A and helped a lot of individuals on various
topics that they may be unclear on or what more information and from
the feedback I've been getting it has really made a difference for
the better. Awesome, this is what I was exactly hoping for when I
started the weekly Q&A. However over time I noticed a lot of people
asking the same questions over and over. I am not sure if people are
too lazy to search through the archives, well actually thats probably
it. Anyways this should be a lot easier finding answers that are commonly
I want to get toned but not all freakishly huge?
Everyone seems to have this misconception that if you pick up a few
dumbells and lift them a few times you will be as ripped and huge as
one of those bodybuilders you see. If only it was that easy. There is
NO WAY IN HELL that any beginner will reach that size by just lifting
weights, regardless of age, sex or race. Again, NO WAY IN HELL! To achieve
that size with one must place invest in an INCREDIBLE amount of work
including rigorous training, careful dieting and delicate planning.
It seems some people do not want their bodies to be that shaped, which
is perfectly understandable, however there should be no fear that will
reach this stature by lifting a few weights.
My left/right arm is a lot bigger then my other arm, what can I do?
First I would like to say that it is rather common as whatever hand
is your dominant hand will usually result in that being bigger. While
it may seem insufficent, all the extra usage your dominant hand uses
really adds up. Picking up stuff, opening doors, carrying books etc
etc. What I recommend is that one switches to dumbells rather then barbells
for any lift that invovles your arm, even such as a bench press which
works your triceps as well. When performing biceps and triceps exercies
use your left arm first and once your left arm gives you do not do another
set with your right arm. Thus alternating left to right. Finally try
to use your left arm more in various activities such as opening doors,
carying objects etc etc.
How can I get a six pack?
Read my article How To Get Awesome Abs
How can I gain weight?
Read my article Guide To Gaining Weight for Bodybuilding
I am XX years old, will working out stunt my growth?
If you are not in your teens then I would suggest not using weights
to workout but to instead use exercises with your own body weight such
as pull ups/chin ups, crunches, pushups and dips. However if you are
in your teens then by all means working with weights will not stunt
your growth WITH proper form. The key here is not to use an amount of
weight that you cannot handle just to "look cool" Proper form
must be emphasized. This is very important in such lifts as military
shoulder press or squats where one can do serious damage to your spine
if you are incorrectly lifting and/or using weight that you cannot handle.
However if one weight trains properly and safely there is no risk to
When should I take my protein shake?
A somewhat debated topic where one side says, take it prior to your
workout so you have calories, carbohydrates, proteins and necessary
amino acids during your workout and the other side is to take your protein
shake after you workout when your body is most deprived of nutrition
and thus needs the proteins to rebuild the damaged muscle tissue. Well
I say take both sides to this approach and have a protein shake and
some carbohydrates such as a piece of fruit or bowl of cereal, nothing
too heavy, ~45 mins prior to your workout so that you have the energy
and necessary amino acids in your body during your workout. Then with
in ~45 mins of your workout you take another protein shake along with
some protein such as a can of tuna or some chicken so that your body
will have the necessary nutrition to repair and grow.
When kind of protein should I buy/take?
The answer to this question will vary from individual to individual
depending which, if any protein they are allergic to, the tastes the
various brands and cost. However I generally recommend Whey Protein
as I as well as numerous others have had a tremendous amount of success
with it. Regarding which brand of whey to get, I would point you to
my product review section where I have rated a number of brands. Also
is the possibility of buying plain protein which a number of vendors
are doing as it is very versatile in creating your own flavors or adding
to recipes. One final recommendation is NOT to buy from GNC as they
will rape you in the ass for price except once a blue moon they offer
a decent sale. Also I do not recommend buying from bodybuilding.com
simply because it took em close to 6 months
as well as several complaints to the BBB for them to pay me my affiliate
There are such things as stupid questions. Big O receives quite a number
of them, here is a small sample for your viewing pleasures:
I've removed the name as well as the e-mail address as not to identify
I am a 15 year old guy and i dont want to body build i just wanna
gain some muscle with out having to go to the gym and i dont wanna wait
a month and a half to see results do you have and advice or tips you
can give me?
Well I want $15 million dollars, two supermodels as my girlfriends
that will cook and clean...among other things upon my demand. I would
also like a new mansion, a hovercraft and a one of the Hawaian islands,
all with out getting off my ass. Just like your situation it will probably
not happen. You reap what you sow so if you don't sow...or work your
ass off you don't get jack. If it was simply that easy wouldn't everyone
be walking around with 6 packs and bulging muscles?
Email me and I'll answer them here.
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