Starting out on a path to muscle-building or fitness in general, is difficult if you do not have the tools and knowledge to know what works and what is a waste of time. It is just like weight loss, hard to start, hard to stay with it and hard to keep motivated specifically if you do not see results quickly. But there is hope! Muscle building is not as hard as it looks or the big muscle guys say it is, it just takes some common sense and tools to give you the success you want. most think it take hours in the gym pumping huge weights until you arms and legs feel like they are going to explode, nothing could be further from the truth about muscle-building. The key to muscle-building starts in the kitchen, not the gym!
- No muscle will ever get bigger unless fed properly. Muscles are roughly 70% water so it is obvious you need to drink lot of water to keep those muscle full! But nutrition is just as important, if you do not eat right and boost your metabolism you will be fighting an uphill battle. You muscles need to eat and protein is the one food source you must have in your diet. Great proteins like fish, chicken, smoothies and nuts are just a few that you will have in you diet. There are all sorts of marinades (Italian dressing is a great one for chicken) for meat as well as stir fry, low salt chicken soups and salads that will give you all the main foods you need, and of course a hand full of almonds between meals is the perfect snack food. Once you are eating to build muscle and your metabolism rises, your muscle will become very efficient and each workout will be easier and easier. Another part of nutrition is to “eat clean”. This means to stay away from processed foods, sugar filled foods and high calorie foods. Stay as close to nature as possible, your muscles will thank you as well as your overall health.
- Supplements (legal supplements) are another important piece of the pie, you can not eat enough of the right foods to meet all your muscles needs when training. Even the best will fall short if they try to do it with food alone. Knowing the right supplements and when to take them is real important. Supplements like protein, Whey, Creatine, fish oil and L-glutamine are just a few of the supplements a muscle builder needs. A good fitness program will give you all the right supplements to add to your fitness routine.
- Exercise and weight lifting , these are critical of course as your muscles need those workouts and microscopic tears to build bigger, stronger muscles. Your muscle-building program has to have more than just pounding out the reps, you need a good cardio plan for those off training days and you need to know what type of weight lifting to do for each muscle group. You need to exercise all the muscle groups to keep a balance to how your muscles build and grow. One tip that many forget is to make sure your routine has “high intensity interval training”. This type of cardio workout will have you burning calories so fast that within 20 minutes you will be burning at a faster pace than any normal treadmill routine. Again, a good fitness program will show you how to use high intensity interval training to maximize your program.
There are many more tip and ideas that will help you get to know what it takes to build muscle in the most efficient way possible. With the proper direction and program, anyone can get a path to fitness and do it in the fastest way possible. Bottom line, pick a program, stick to it and see the results!