3 Steps to Building Muscle Mass

I’m sure most of us would love to go around sporting a fine and well shaped physique. Not only does it look good on the outside, but being fit and muscly will have a positive impact on your body on the inside too! In this article, I will outline a few things that are essential if you want to transform your body from average to ripped!

Proper Nutrition

Sorry to nag, but the truth is, unless you have a solid, well rounded diet, with plenty of protein, then your going to have a hard time gaining significant muscle. So what foods are best for gaining muscle? Well, anything that contains high amounts of protein. This is because protein aids in muscle growth and repair, and is a key component in building muscle. Foods such as lean meat, fish and eggs are great sources of protein.

I rule I use, and many other bodybuilders use, is to eat one gram of protein per pound of body mass. So if you weighed 140lbs, try to eat 140 grams of protein.

Short workout sessions

When working out at home or at the gym, keep your workouts under an hour. This is so your body doesn’t switch from an anabolic (tissue building) to a catabolic (tissue destroying) state. Make sure you really work those muscles to. Aim to go to failure on most exercises. This is when you can no longer to a rep in good form. This will really stress your muscles and make them grow like crazy!

Plenty of rest

Some people think, the more you train, the bigger your gains. Unless your taking steroids, this isn’t true. You don’t want to overtrain your muscles, as this could result in injury and will slow down your muscle growth. Your body also builds muscle while your resting, so you need to allow lots of rest between workout days so you can let your body build muscle!

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