Smoking; it’s one of the worst habits that you can have if you want to build muscle and get fit as a bodybuilder. If you smoke you put yourself at serious risk from a ‘bucket load’ of horrible health problems, including cancer, and as a bodybuilder you’ll find that smoking is detrimental to your performance. Smoking cigarettes is highly addictive because of the nicotine content and is a difficult habit for new bodybuilders to give up. However if you are truly committed to reaching your goals and enhancing your health, you need to make every effort to give them up.
The Negative Impacts of Smoking
The primary means in which smoking damages your training performance and health is by decreasing your lung capacity. When you workout, you need oxygen which you take from the air through your lungs, smoking decreases your lung capacity and thus less oxygen is transported to your muscles, inhibiting their ability to work hard. This means that bodybuilders who smoke can not train as hard or as long as non-smokers, thus reducing their ability to build bigger muscles.
If you are a competitive bodybuilder, long term smoking has bad effects on your...