Five Ways to Get Big
As image is everything in this day and age, it's little wonder that people are finally deciding to get up off the couch and swap the TV remote for a set of dumbbells in the gym. If you're sick of your current physique and would like to add some good quality muscle mass to your frame, then this article is for you. In it, we'll look at five easy and simple ways to help you to bulk up and pile on pounds of muscle to your bodies.
No matter what you may think, or what you may have been told, the truth is that if you're serious about bulking up and building muscle, you simply need to eat. Starving yourself is certainly not the answer and is definitely not healthy. If you want to add lean muscle to your frame then choose foods that are rich in proteins - they support muscle growth and repair. On top of that, make sure that you're eating every two to three hours. Doing this keeps your metabolism running at full speed, and prevents your body from eating away at your muscle tissue. Try to eat at least five food meals per day, as well as drinking two protein shakes. Little and often is the key here. Rather than waiting until the evening and having one huge meal, space your meals out and have smaller portion sizes.
Train with Weights
Anybody looking to bulk up obviously has to hit the gym and workout in order to do so. Go with weights that really make you work and sweat. If you pick up a set of dumbbells and manage 20 or 30 reps easily, then the weight is too light. Look for weights where you can manage between 8-12 reps, and really make yourself work in order to do so. If you struggle with 1 or 2 reps, the weight is too heavy for you. Lifting too heavy a weight is a recipe for disaster and will almost certainly lead to an injury. Base your workouts mainly around free weights rather than machines, and stick with simple compound lifts such as bench presses or squats to begin with. By all means incorporate some machines into your routine, just don't base your workouts around them. Machines are designed to isolate specific muscle groups where as free weights often work two or three muscle groups at the same time.
Don't Skip Workouts
If you're like most people, your day to day life is pretty hectic. You probably work eight hours a day, or you might have kids to look after. While most of us have things that keep us extremely busy, we can't use that as an excuse. If you want to build muscle and get big, you need to get to the gym - it's that simple. If you don't have time, you need to make time, and if not, kiss goodbye to your dream body. Most bodybuilding based workouts last 45-60 minutes or so, which is more than enough time to get yourself a great workout.
As mentioned previously, you should really be drinking some form of protein shake if you want to build muscle. Multi-vitamins, creatine, pre workouts, amino acids, the list of supplements out there for you to choose from is seemingly endless. For beginners, a multi-vitamin, creatine and protein powder is a great place to start, so pick some up as soon as you possibly can.
Eat Complex Carbs
Carbs are great fuel for muscle growth and are usually very tasty calories. Adding sources of complex carbs to each meal will fuel your muscles and help you to train for longer, as well as aid in the repair of damaged muscle tissue after each workout. Nothing fancy is needed, just some brown rice, oats, whole grains, or sweet potatoes will do the trick.
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