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How To Eat Like A Bodybuilder [Infographic]

by Elizabeth Harmon
Posted: May 25, 2016

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Typically, what does a bodybuilder eat in a day? We got some tips from Matthew Burns, a work place assessor for Open Colleges’ fitness portfolio and a recent winner of the ANB’s Physique Championships. 

Thinking of entering a bodybuilding comp, are partial to certain aesthetics or just love being fit and healthy? Are you wondering what should you eat to help you reach your goal? Remember, the type of bodybuilder meal plan that will be most useful to you is one that is personally tailored to your individual kilojoule or calorie needs, in consultation with your medical or healthcare advisor.

Recently, Open Colleges Careers spoke to Matthew Burns, a work place assessor for Open Colleges’ fitness portfolio who recently competed in the Australasian Natural Bodybuilding Federation’s (ANB) South Coast Physique Championships in Bulli, NSW. Read the original article hereThe infographic, found below, is a sample bodybuilder diet plan, provided courtesy of Matthew, which a bodybuilder might undertake to build muscle when they’re in training for a competition.

Educating the future

Since 2014, Matthew has grown his teaching career at Open Colleges, passing his skills and experiences onto others who are interested in getting their body and fitness career moving. As a workplace assessor for fitness, Matthew teaches three popular courses:

•    Certificate III in Fitness – This nationally recognised course is specifically designed for individuals who are passionate about health and well-being and who want to pursue a career in the fitness industry. This includes topics on how to conduct fitness appraisals, develop fitness programs, use fitness equipment safely, advise clients on fitness and nutrition matters, and much more. Work placements help to test students’ knowledge and develop practical skills.

•    Certificate IV in Fitness – This exciting and comprehensive course goes into more depth and explores fitness planning and programming, legal matters, client screening and motivation, program delivery and business planning. It also includes a work placement, to gain a stronger working knowledge of the fitness industry.

•    Personal Trainer Pathway – This is a unique course that helps people get the skills and experience needed to become a personal trainer or fitness instructor. It combines both of the above two nationally recognised fitness qualifications (Certificate III in Fitness and Certificate IV in Fitness).

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Do you work in personal training, or have you had experience with natural bodybuilding or physique modelling before? Let us know your story in the comment box below!

If Matthew’s training advice inspires you, take a look at more expert fitness and personal training tips from 18 of Australia's top professionals, here.


Elizabeth Harmon

Elizabethis an experienced Freelance Social Media Consultant based in the south of England. She works with a growing number of clients all around the world, showing businesses how to use social media more effectively and helping them to get the maximum benefit from it.

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