If you consider yourself a hard gainer then you have probably read tips on how to build muscle and wondered why they never seem to work for you. Today we are going back to basics to give you the gym proven, science backed step by step guide to packing on more lean tissue over the next couple of months.
You may be scrambling back to re-read what we just said but don’t worry we did not make a mistake. We will show you how to get results within a couple of months, not a couple of years.
For most people the main obstacle which has held them back over the years is not lack of potential but rather lack of solid advice. Everywhere they turn they see somebody telling them they need to do something different or buy the next big supplement.
The rules to building a more powerful physique are very simple. Too simple, perhaps, for many people to believe them. Instead they spend years looking for the over complicated version.
#1 Compound exercises out perform isolation exercises.
#2 Your range of repetitions will help you target hypertrophy.
#3 Don’t forget you also need to have a good diet.
While many people struggle to learn how to get results from their exercise routine, those who do achieve success learn that the important factors lie in getting the basics right. The three point system you see above gives you the key to reaching your goal.
First let’s take a look at point number one, which asks you to use compound movements in the gym. It has been shown time and time again that big compound exercises like shoulder press and bench press force more muscular growth than small isolation movements.
During your next workout session take a quick look at the free weights section and you’ll see the common problem we speak about. Guys love doing endless sets of bicep curls but hate doing big movements like pull ups or squats. They’re holding themselves back.
Of course, there is more to this than just knowing which exercises will get you the results. You also need to know how many repetitions to aim for and have a system in place to consistently progress you to new levels.
The ideal rep range for size and strength is anywhere between 8 and 12. You can use this as a system to monitor your progress and learn when to increase the resistance, too. Once you can comfortably perform twelve reps you need to increase the resistance, trying to stay within that 8-12 zone the entire time.
Of course, we wouldn’t be very much help to you if we didn’t cover the third point which is diet. Try not to make the common mistake of assuming just because you want to get bigger you can eat anything you want. You don’t just want to add size, you want it to be the right kind of size.
Instead of looking at how many calories you eat per day try looking at what those calories are made up with. You may find that you are already eating enough food, but the sources of the food could be changed to increase your results. Try aiming to split your calories between 30% protein, 50% carbohydrates and 20% fats.
The three rules in this article will answer most of the issues affecting people who can’t get results with their existing exercise program. So before looking for the best shoulder building exercises or trying to figure out why you can’t add size to your calves, try going back to basics and the results should take care of themselves.
Too many people are endlessly trying to figure out how to build muscle that they miss the obvious answer by over complicating it. Once you know the three simple rules you are ready to go.
About the Writer: Russ Howe PTI is a trusted fitness coach. Learn how to build muscle with our free video guide showing the five steps to a more powerful physique and the best shoulder building exercises.
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