How to Train Like a Bodybuilder – Surge Fitness

It’s no secret a bodybuilding physique takes commitment. There is no silver bullet for smashing through PBs, but a workout and nutrition plan designed by a qualified personal trainer is a great place to start.

Thankfully Surge Fitness have a stellar cast of bodybuilders-turned-trainers to help you surpass your strength and fitness goals with personalised programs tailored to your lifestyle.


Fitting in at least 4-5 workouts a week around work, family and a social life can be challenging. Our PTs work on your schedule, motivating you to push a little harder even when you don’t feel like it.


As our bodybuilder specialist PT Matt Cross says, “there is no magic pill or potion. Commitment and hard work will always pay the most rewards.”

Whether your goal is to enter a Perth bodybuilding competition, get stronger, or shed weight using bodybuilding techniques Matt can help you get started on the journey with a staged workout plan.

Backed by Certificates III and IV in Fitness and a range of specialist qualifications, Matt focuses on strength and conditioning, competition preparation, nutrition and lifestyle, and body recomposition to keep his clients motivated.


Although “big lift” sessions have their place in a bodybuilder’s workout plan, low weight high rep workouts, HIIT, and cardio also feature in the habits of every competitive bodybuilder (and PT).

It’s important to know when to mix up your workouts and when to push for extra reps or heavier weights. If you are stuck on a plateau or not sure how to target a muscle group, a qualified PT can offer personalised advice to change up your workout.


Healthy eating is the cornerstone of both men’s and women’s fitness but that shouldn’t mean giving up the foods you love.

Surge Fitness PT Jade Mead says “life is way too short to not be living a life that makes you happy and to have a body that you are proud of”.

Before lending her talents to helping clients with muscle growth, bodybuilding preparation, nutrition and fat loss, Jade competed – and won – in a range of women’s fitness competitions and completed her Certificates III and IV in Fitness, as well as nutrition courses and strength coaching qualifications.

A qualified PT like Jade will work with you on a personalised meal plan that tastes great, supports your personal workout goals, and suits your lifestyle.

Cheat meals

Every athlete’s favourite time of the week – although bodybuilders cutting for a competition find even the once-a-week cheat meal has to be compromised sometimes.

For those on a longer fitness journey rewarding hard work with an indulgent burger, pasta or ice cream on the weekend helps to minimise the guilt you feel over a mid-week slip up and foster a healthy relationship with food.


Cutting back on booze is an important part of athletic training, plus you will see a range of other benefits in your life like more vitality, more savings and productive Sunday mornings.

Reducing does not mean eliminating altogether. As long as you train hard the next day and keep everything in moderation you can still head to Friday drinks guilt free.

Perth PTs at your service

Looking to get seriously strong and pack on muscle? All our Perth gyms have qualified, experienced PTs on staff to create training and nutrition programs tailored to your goals.

With trainers specialising in all areas of men’s and women’s fitness, including bodybuilding, you can work out confidently at Surge Fitness without compromising any part of your life.