Maximize your Time in the Gym, Train Less and Gain More Muscle

by Ricardo d Argence

You will be more successful by putting more effort towards you goal. The widely accepted truth that has always been applied in most areas of life. The harder you study, the better grades you will achieve.

Therefore, it only makes sense that the more time you spend in the gym, the stronger and more muscular your physique will become, correct? Contrary to what you might think, the answer to this question is a gigantic no! It is in this area of bodybuilding that conventional wisdom goes straight out the window, down the street and around the corner. I know what you might be asking yourself: “Spending less time in the gym will actually make me bigger and stronger?” The answer is yes! It really will, and when we examine the muscle-growth process from its most basic roots, it becomes quite clear why this is the case.

Every single process that occurs within the human body is centered around keeping you alive and healthy. We become uncomfortable when we are hungry or thirsty, we acquire a suntan when high amounts of UV rays are present, we build calluses to protect our skin, etc. So what happens when we break down muscle tissue in the gym? If you answered something to the effect of “the muscles get bigger and stronger”, you are absolutely correct.

A threat to the musculature has been posed by resisting the muscle’s present capacity. The body recognizes this as potentially harmful and as a natural adaptive response the muscles will increase in size to protect the body against this threat. The body will continually build and adapt as we regularly and consistently increase the workload over the weeks.

Does that seem easy?Of course, it is. But, while this is ultimately the case, the key is to realize that muscles only grow bigger and/or stronger when given enough time to recover. Muscle growth requires the necessary amount of recovery time.

Your goal in the gym should be to train with the minimum amount of volume needed to yield an adaptive response. Once you have pushed your muscles beyond their present capacity and have triggered your thousand-year-old evolutionary alarm system, you have done your job. Any further stress to the body will simply increase your recovery time.

Far more sets and training way too hard is often a problem. Most people don’t understand that a high intensity weight lifting program produces high stress levels on the body. Workout programs are often structured in a way that hinders the gains and prevents progress that is deserved.

You should follow these guidelines if you want to achieve the maximum gains are: 1. Train no more than three times per week. 2. Keep your workouts to one hour or less. 3. Do this for 5-7 sets for the large muscle groups (chest, back, thighs); smaller muscle groups (shoulders, biceps, triceps, calves, abs) require 2-4 sets.

Focus concentric muscular failure and increase weight or reps each week. If you consistantly train more than you need it will be counterproductive to your gains. Have this in mind and visit my site if you want more info.

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