One of the questions you will be asked on a consistent basis as a Fitness Instructor is how to build muscle quickly and effectively. It is one of those areas which, no matter how many scientific advancements are made in fitness, the majority of gym members never truly get to grips with.
Should you consider yourself to be one of the many people in need of some help with their fitness journey, you are in the right place today.
There are a number of different strategies you can use, a number of different physics which work. In fact one of the biggest barriers in the fitness industry in general is the sheer amount of different styles and techniques out there. What should be a great asset and provide great variation instead serves only to confuse the majority and they end up getting nowhere, unable to commit to anything for fear that in three months they’ll be told everything they have been doing is ‘wrong’.
Don’t let anybody tell you that you need to train their way or give you the false impression that they know ‘the secret’ and everybody else is doing things wrong. Those are the type of trainers or fitness enthusiasts who are bad teachers as they have closed minds and will simply teach what might work for them, not realizing that everybody is different.
So how about we dismiss all of the typical hype and nonsense you usually get when you try to get some fitness tips, we’ll cut to the proven facts on how to get results. Quite frankly, it doesn’t matter whether you are experienced or inexperienced, these tips will provide the backbone of your training from this day forward and they simply work.
The first port of call is your diet. Don’t be fooled into believing you only need to diet if your goal is weight loss. On the contrary, if your goal is to get more muscular your diet is very, very important. You can train all day long if you want but your nutrition is the thing which is going to determine what happens to your body.
By the time you next visit the gym you should have your diet completely sorted out so that you can begin getting immediate results. We will teach you how to do it. One of the biggest misunderstandings in fitness is people believe their diet is something they cannot work out for themselves. They get sucked into celebrity diet fads which don’t work. The truth is it’s easy to get this sorted out.
Write down the weight you want to reach in pounds and then multiply it by 15. Congratulations, you’ve done it. Now you have your daily calorie target and yes, it was that simple! If you’d like to build up slowly swap out the multiplication of 15 for a multiplication of 12 instead.
So we now have a base figure for our diet. This already puts you ahead of the majority of other people training at your gym because despite it being very simple, most fitness enthusiasts never take the time to learn how to do this and wonder why they never get results.
You also need to look at your training program. It needs to be designed to include the exercises which are best for building size and strength and the repetition range needs to hit your hypertrophy zone. This means compound exercises are going to become your best friend and trying to fall into the eight-to-twelve repetition range with each set.
That is the foundation of a good program but there are a couple of other things you can do to further enhance your results.
The amount of rest you get is paramount to your results. Many of us dismiss the importance of rest and believe we don’t really need it as much as doctor’s and scientists tend to make out. That’s their loss, don’t let it be your downfall. Your body needs rest just as much as it needs a healthy diet and exercise.
You should try to hit the weights no more than three times per week if you are just starting out and no more than four times if you are already training regularly. Think of a rest day as a growth day, so it doesn’t feel as if you are doing nothing with your time. This is where you grow, where your body builds.
Sleep also plays an important role in your potential progress. We have all surely heard the doctor’s recommendation that we need eight hours of sleep each night but how many of us pay attention to it? Not very many. Again, as with rest days, sleep is where your body unlocks extra results so neglecting it is silly.
Contrary to what some people believe, you do not grow bigger or stronger while you are lifting weights. The adaptations happen when you are resting. Your body produces growth hormone while you are in a state of deep sleep and if you never allow this to happen you are ripping yourself off.
Now you know the basics and we’re betting it wasn’t as hard or as complex as you thought it would be when you first arrived! The next time you hear somebody asking how to build muscle I want you to remind yourself of the basic rules. Sleep, rest, specific training and a focused diet will get you there. Any personal trainer worth his salt will help you set that plan up should you require help however it’s not as difficult as most people think, as you discovered today!