Quick Intro To Building Muscle
In the article I’m going to tell you about Quick Intro To Building Muscle. The million dollar question… You probably already know what is required, but I’ll give you a reminder. Most important is persistence, you don’t quit because you don’t see results, you do it until, and then some more (+1 for the Dr. Phil quote ). No matter how you train, you absolutely will see results as long as you don’t quit, to see the results you WANT is another thing, I’ll address just that…
- Strength is proportional to muscle mass
The stronger you are, the more weight you can lift, hence more muscle growth takes place. Forget the forever-low-repetition workouts, you have to mix all styles to get optimum results, your muscles need to be stimulated in various ways in order for them to grow in a well-rounded way. If you see that you’ve hit a plateau, switch to more sets doing less repetitions with added weight, let’s say 5 sets doing 5 reps (5×5) is a popular choice, put enough weight so you struggle to do these 5 reps.
- Eat like a horse
A friend of mine said that successful muscle gain comes with 100% smart working out and 100% high calorie diet. I had to agree, because I didn’t want to put him down for not knowing basic maths… No but seriously, eating right is just as important as sweating in places you didn’t know you could in the gym, because muscle growth is a 2-step process: muscle tear via intense weight-lifting & muscle repair via injection of foodstuffs.
- You’re not in the army — sleep enough
Sleeping enough (8+ hours) is crucial for your bodybuilding efforts, as the HGH (Human Growth Hormone) is released in greater amounts when you sleep. You thought stuffing protein in your body is enough? HGH plays a vital role as well, it aids the process of synthesis of precious precious protein tissue, as in, building those guns.
- Balance is key — don’t over-train
It’s easy and tempting to train every day of the week, but hold your horses and allow a full-day rest between workouts. Why? Because muscle is built when your rest, not simultaneously as you lift weights in the gym. In the gym you create the foundation for muscle growth (muscle tissue tear), at gym off-time you allow your body to use the plentiful nutrients (you are eating like a horse, I hope?) to repair and grow. If you constantly strain your body and allow no time for recovery, you will be at the same place until you simply over-train and injure yourself.
- Favor compound exercises
Especially if you’re just starting out, it’s very beneficial to build your body all around, with the help of compound exercises (exercises that target several muscle groups, counterparts to isolation exercises) such as the squat (where you stand-sit with a barbell on your shoulders), dead-lift (where you lift a barbell off the floor with a straight back until you stand upright) and the bench-press (pressing the barbell off your chest lying on a bench). All those exercises stimulate several muscle groups all at once and grow you body in a well-rounded way, this is imperative to overall progress and avoidance of a state where you have chicken legs… As legs is something often overlooked and neglected, doing squats is a great way to train your legs while putting strain on other muscles, so you won’t train leg muscles “in vain”…