One of the most common questions asked at the gym is how to start building muscle fast. It is human nature to want quick results and it can be very frustrating to work out day after day and not see much improvement. In this article we explore whether building muscle fast is possible or even desirable.
Trying to gain muscle as fast as possible can be counter productive; too many beginners hit the gym, motivated and eager to build their muscles in as little time as possible, train day after day without a rest and eventually become injured. Then they are back to square one, or worse, as often they have lost their motivation and give up.
Ironically enough, beginners usually see the fastest gains within the first few months of their training, as long as they train properly. Muscle growth will then generally settle down as they become stronger and more advanced. This is when a lot of body builders can become frustrated and many are tempted by supplements such as steroids to try to give them that ‘edge’. I am sure you have heard enough horror stories about steroids and similar supplements to know that relying on these is not a good idea!
I personally promote only healthy, natural growth. If you really want to build more muscle quickly, make sure you are not making these simple mistakes which could be holding you back;
Are you fueling your body correctly? If you eat mainly sugary or fatty junk foods, your body will have a tough time getting enough energy from these foods to fuel your workouts and this could stall your growth; eat plenty of fresh, natural foods such as fruits, vegetables, whole grain foods and protein-rich foods such as oily fish, beans and pulses.
Are you over training? Putting your body through a grueling workout day after day in the hope of hard, fast gains will be counter productive, as your body will eventually start to break down muscle to fuel it. Muscle is built when the body is at rest. Make sure you incorporate rest days into your workout schedule and avoid working the same muscle groups two days in a row. If you constantly feel tired, lose motivation to work out and have stopped making progress, you are probably over training- ease off and listen to your body.
Don’t make the mistake of sticking to the same routine week after week. Your body will eventually anticipate what will be asked of it and will adapt to the workout. It will no longer be challenged and you will stop improving. Change your routine regularly so that your body does not know what to expect and cannot adapt to it. You will soon start to see a difference.
It is much better to stick to a proper workout schedule which concentrates on building muscle at a healthy pace rather than building muscle fast, as this can often be counter productive. By making sure you avoid the above mistakes, you should soon start to see an improvement in your lifting and physique.
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