Thinking and bodybuilding are not two things most people put together in one thought. For whatever reason, people do not think of bodybuilders as smart people. I can tell you from personal experience that they are right some of the time, but wrong most of the time. Honestly, how do you think they are able to build their bodies without being at least somewhat analytical in their approach?
I have learned that looking at training differently will help with results. Thinking plays a big part in that. I always saw certain exercises as something that wasn't for me because I was interested in bodybuilding, not strongman (for instance). However, by understanding what the exercises are used for, it is easier to adapt them to your goals and incorporate them into your routine. This creates even more variety and your muscles will respond accordingly.
When it comes to getting into the best shape you can be in, thinking plays a large role. It is important to figure out where you retain water and how to combat that issue. It is essential to know how your body is responding to the foods you are putting into it. This all requires careful tracking and analysis of the results you are receiving on a regular basis.
Bodybuilding isn't just about packing on muscle. Bodybuilding is about fine tuning your body and all the systems that run your body so that you can be as lean and muscular as you can. It involves science and logic. I think that is something important for everyone to realize. It is one reason I love the sport so much. It combines all the things I enjoy into one thing. In addition, I love the stress release of the workouts themselves.
The next time you see a bodybuilding competition in your area, attend and see what I am talking about. I think you will be amazed at how cerebral it really is. Let me know your thoughts on this!