The Three Essentials to Gaining Muscle
Gaining muscle is not going to happen if there is no determination.
For one thing, it takes work to gain muscles; there is no doubt about it. You have to invest a lot of time and patience. You must have full commitment to meet your goals. But aside from just going under a rigorous training program, there are certain aspects one must consider. All of these together can help make a program effective and let you achieve your goal in the fastest time possible.
Here are three essential steps which can greatly improve your muscle building success rate.
- Proper Diet – A lot of people misconstrue the word “diet.” Many think that diet equates to starving one’s self. All a diet means that a person, depending on his goal, has the proper and correct food intake. If you are thinking of gaining muscle and weight, then eating more calories than you burn when you have an extensive workout would be necessary to fuel the growth of muscles. You need to have a balanced intake of protein, carbs and fats. Information on bodybuilding and other eating programs are all over the ‘Net. Just do a Google search to find one that’s right for you.
- Develop a strength training program – Muscles are built when they are regularly pushed to the limit. Perpetual couch potatoes don’t build muscles, they grow guts. You must develop a strength training program that incorporates progressive resistance and advocates the basic compound, multi-joint movements. Your muscle will react to heavy lifting and will grow to compensate for the needed strength to lift the heavy weights. As you move on to heavier weights, the muscle will continually grow for strength compensation.
- Get sufficient rest – Contrary to popular belief, your muscles don’t grow while your lifting weights, they grow when your out of the gym. As you work out, your muscles are damaged and in need of repair. When you go to sleep, the damage done to the muscles will be repaired and this is when they grow. Try to get at least seven hours of sleep a night.
In addition, certain supplements – like creatine and fish oil – are good to have in your muscle-building arsenal. A good multi-vitamin is a must considering most individuals don’t eat right.
Commit to the basics and you’ll see your efforts will not go to waste.
Now get off that couch and start pumping iron.