When you’re trying to build the best physique possible, you need to understand your unique response to training stimulus, says Rich Gaspari
Rich Gaspari is a former pro bodybuilder and member of the IFBB Hall of Fame. He is based in Lakewood, New Jersey.
1 Work smarter
When I started training I tried to follow the elite bodybuilder programmes but it was too much for me and it was at a detriment to my physique. You have to not just work hard but work smart. Learn about your physique and learn how to not overtrain.
2 Be analytical
I found that my legs grew very easily but I found it a lot harder to develop my upper body. So for about a year I had to stop training my legs to bring up my upper body. You can’t just work super-hard and assume that it’s going to give you a symmetrical physique.
3 Keep a journal
Keeping journals allowed me to see what worked for me. I don’t think it was a lightbulb moment. It was about learning over time. I could see that I was over-dieting and over-training so I did more mass building moves and cut back on ancillary exercises.