I’ve been a natural bodybuilder for the past 2 years. During that time, I’ve discovered a lot of muscle building facts and fitness observations. I wanted to share some of the most important ones with you in this article.
Here are some of the most important muscle building facts I’ve learned over the years.
- People do not see great results with their muscle building endeavors simply because they are misinformed and misled as to what works and needs to be done. My job as a trainer is to inform and to educate people as to what really works.
- In order to stay with your fitness routine for the long run, you need to identify the “why” behind what you’re doing. Uncover, specifically, what you want to change and why you want to change. Use this to become your driving force.
- You absolutely must associate pleasure with your muscle building routine and pain with not committing to your fitness routine. Humans by nature do things that are pleasurable and avoid things that create pain.
- We are after long-term, permanent results, so there will be no quick fixes and gimmicks. We are going to create a lifestyle change that will be easy to live with. No counting calories or points, just make better choices and healthier, moderate portions.
- Always think quality over quantity. This means more working out is not better when it comes to building muscle, better is better. Most people I come in contact with workout too much and eat too little.
- The key to permanent fat loss is to speed up your metabolism. Once this is done, weight loss becomes permanent.
- The whole process of changing your body takes time. Commit yourself to at least three months to literally transform your body. You may see some results before then, but three months is what it takes to see great results.
- During the first couple weeks of a muscle building program, you’ll notice that your scale weight either doesn’t change or it may go up a bit. Pick one day a week and cheat. Eat anything you want, and I mean anything, but just make it a moderate amount. Then be strict for the other 6 days a week. Too much aerobic activity will be counterproductive to your muscle building efforts.
- Throw the scale out the window, it doesn’t distinguish between fat and muscle, so when you initially gain a bit of muscle at the start, the scale weight will go up. That’s a good thing. Over time the scale weight WILL go down.
- You must eat often and in moderate amounts to speed up your metabolism. If you eat often, your body utilizes and breaks down your food often, leading to less stored body fat.
Follow as many of these muscle building tips as you can and you’ll soon see more results from your time spent in the gym!