10 Rules For Building Muscles

Building muscle is not difficult. If you consistently demand more of your body physically, give it plenty of hydration and proper nutrition, as well as sleep and time to repair, you will become stronger. Your improved strength comes from the fact that your muscles get bigger and more efficient the more you overload them.

This drives muscle mass development, which has the excellent side benefit of helping your heart move oxygen throughout your body in a more efficient manner. You become healthier overall, inside and outside. If you are looking to build muscle with the most efficient and rewarding methods possible, follow the top 10 rules of building muscle mass listed below for the quickest results as well as successful maintenance.

Don’t “Live” in the Gym

There are always going to be those guys who hang out in the gym, seemingly forever. Every time you go, they are there. But for maximum muscle mass you only need to work out between 45 minutes and an hour each session. Your muscle building (anabolic) and muscle destruction (catabolic) hormones must be kept in the proper balance for your efforts to be successful.

When you focus hard on your exercises for 45 to 60 minutes, you keep your anabolic hormones high and your catabolic hormones low. This is the “sweet spot” for muscle mass development. And quite frankly, if it takes you more than 60 minutes to work out, you are probably not working hard enough. Push yourself through focused muscle building workouts of 60 minutes or less, and you will find yourself building more muscle mass per hour than those gym rats who never seem to go home.

Aim for 75% to 85% of Your Maximum Expenditure

If you are working out at less than 65% to 75% of your maximum, you usually do not build muscle mass because you are not demanding enough of your body. The magic range is 75% to 85% of your maximum weight to most effectively build and strengthen your muscles.

So if your maximum single bench press is 200 pounds, you need to be hitting sets of 150 to 170 pounds per repetition. When you get higher than 85% of your maximum, you generally stimulate most of your available muscle fibers on your very first rep. Since you want to maximize every minute you spend in the gym, stick to the 75% to 85% max rule to get the most out of every single repetition.

Workout Properly at the Dinner Table As Well As the Gym

If you are not building your muscle mass quick enough to make yourself happy, you may not be loading the plates. And we are not referring to the plates in the gym. You simply must get the job done in the kitchen as well as with the weights if you are going to build muscle mass properly. You can’t eat like a bird and expect muscles to start popping up all over your body. It may be tough, and you may even have to force yourself to do so, but you need large amounts of protein in your diet if your work in the gym is going to translate to improved muscle mass.

Be careful to cut down on your carbohydrates if you are naturally skinny or over 40 years of age. Commit to eating plenty of chicken, fish, meat and eggs to get much-needed protein into your body, which can be translated into good-looking muscle mass.10 Rules For Building Muscles

Eat breakfast every day, full of proteins and carbohydrates. And immediately after you are finished working out, eat carbs and fast digesting proteins. To build muscle mass, your workout should be accompanied by a diet with 1.5 to 1.8 times your body weight in calories. And you should get 0.75 to 1.0 gram of protein for every pound that you weigh every day.

Get the Right Workout Partner and Gym

Everyone knows that teaming up with a partner improves your workout results. But make sure you are getting the right type of partner. Just because you and your best friend have so much in common does not mean that you have the same goals in the gymnasium. You may be trying to build maximum muscle mass and bulk, while he may simply be trying to lose a few pounds and get in shape.

Do not dilute your efforts by choosing a workout partner that doesn’t understand and agree with what you are trying to do. And the same thing can be said for the gym where you work out. Stick to a “hard-core” type of “old school” free weight training center where other muscle mass builders hang out to see the best and quickest results.

Hit the Free Weights

Barbells and dumbbells allow you to add as much weight as you desire. These free weights offer so much flexibility in the way that you work out. Simply put, “To get big, you have to lift big.” And if you can’t consistently add more weight and repetitions for your strength training program, this can’t happen. Progressive overload with compound exercises is most effectively achieved with free weights.

More weight means greater stress on your body, and improved muscle mass over time. Barbells allow you to quickly add more weight, and you can purchase them for a home workout for a lot less money than band resistance, strength training machines.

Write Everything Down

If you are not journaling your muscle mass efforts, you could be wasting a lot of valuable time. That is because “progressive overload” is the simplest way to build muscle mass and strength when weight training. Over time you progressively increase the amount of load you put on your muscles.

The human body is an amazing machine. The more you test and push your body, the stronger you become. Progressive overload is the quickest and simplest way to use your body’s natural strengthening tendency to build muscle mass. And if you do not write down the number of reps and the weights you are using, you cannot consistently and progressively increase your load, which increases your results.

If your maximum bench press session is 12 reps of 200 pounds, you are going to be much stronger and bigger when you can bench 15 reps of 240 pounds. And this can only happen gradually, by recording your efforts and slowly ramping them up.

Get Plenty of Sleep to Boost Your Muscle Mass

Everyone has heard that the average person needs 8 hours of sleep daily for optimal health. The same applies to bodybuilders and weightlifters trying to build and maintain muscle mass. Your sleep time is when your body recovers and grows stronger. And that portion of your nightly sleep pattern when you are in a deep slumber is very important. This is when your growth hormones and testosterone levels are boosted, as well as your cortisol levels.

Your insulin sensitivity is also enhanced. If you consistently tore down your muscles and did not give them time to heal and grow stronger, all the correct diet and weight lifting tips and tactics would be fruitless. Make sure you are getting 8 hours of sleep nightly for proper muscle recovery. If you have a hard time sleeping 8 hours at a time, add one or two daily naps to hit your 8 hour total.

Boosting Mass Is More Efficient When You Work on Multiple Muscle Groups at Once

Isolation exercises are okay when you want to target a specific area. But you can maximize the efficiency of your time in the gym when a single exercise works several different muscle groups. Compound exercises where you lift and move heavy weights are important for anyone trying to build muscle mass, whether you are a veteran power lifter or a skinny beginner.

Once you have begun to build your muscle mass and strength, then you can focus on isolation exercises for definition. However, consistently work multiple muscle groups at the same time and you will see your muscle mass improve more rapidly.

Confuse Your Muscles by Changing Your Workout Frequently

The reason that progressive overload works so well to improve muscle mass is it confuses your body. Just when your system is getting used to a particular weight and a certain number of repetitions, you add more weight and more reps. This muscle confusion makes your body work harder to repair and strengthen your muscles, you build more muscle mass, and you become stronger.

Building MuscleThe same thing happens when you change your set workout program every 4 to 6 weeks. And we are not talking major changes here. Simply altering your grip, your rep ranges, and the order in which you perform your exercises can be enough to boost your muscle mass development when you have “hit the wall”.

3 to 4 Heavy Weight Workouts per Week Is All You Need

There is a reason the “every other day” weightlifting process works so well. You are actually damaging your muscles when you lift weights and strength train. But the improved size and mass of your musculature is actually created when you rest and allow your body to heal and grow, not when you are working out. With 7 days each week, working out and resting every other day is a perfect recipe for your body’s natural muscle growing system.

This means 3 to 4 serious strength training workouts per week is all you need to see real results, and to maintain your improved muscle mass. This is even more important if you are active and you play basketball, jog, go mountain biking, or engage in some other cardiovascular activity on a regular basis. Never forget that recovery time is just as important as training time, and one hour of heavy weights strength training requires up to 24 hours of rest.

In this video I’ll explain how to build lean muscle fast — especially if you’re a skinny guy who wants to gain weight.

As a skinny guy you might not even be 100% sure if you CAN build lean muscle fast. So I’d just like to reassure you that YES, you can.

When I first attempted to build muscle I weighed just 142 pounds at 6 foot 2. I was extremely skinny! Today I weigh a healthy 205 pounds. That’s a 63-pound gain!

Now if I can gain 63 pounds of lean muscle using the methods I’m about to show you, do you think you can at least do half of that? Easily! Anyone can gain 30+ pounds of muscle. It all depends on how bad you want it and how disciplined you can be.

So let’s get into it. How do you build lean muscle fast? I’ll cover the 3 key areas you need to focus on to start gaining muscle mass:

1:08 – Eat More Calories Than Your Body Burns

– 20 x your bodyweight… And that equals the total number

– Eat 6 meals a day

2:42 – Lift Heavy Weights

– Focus on compound lifts.

– Work in the 2 — 10 rep range.

– Keep your workout under 60 minutes.

3:56 – Get Enough Rest To Allow Your Muscles To Grow

So how can you make sure you’re getting enough rest?

– Get 8 hours of sleep each night.

– Never train 2 days in a row.