Have you been busting your butt in the gym only to have your progress stop because you hit a plateau? Or perhaps you are completely new to weight lifting and are looking for a solid muscle building workout plan? Either way, if you want to get big by adding pounds of muscle to your physique it’s critical that you read the following.
In this article, I’m going to break down what you absolutely must be doing in the gym in order to see results. Some of which may conflict with what you’ve heard in the past. However, I assure you that if you follow my advice you will get results. So without anymore delay, let’s get to it!
1.) Compound lifts: Barbell bench press,squats, and deadlifts are critical exercises for anyone looking to add strength and size. Not only do these exercises work multiple muscle groups, they cause your body to release growth hormone which you need in order to get big. If you aren’t doing these exercises, you are truly limiting your progress!
2.) More is not better: Limit your workouts to 3 times a week. Yes, I know all the pro bodybuilders and magazines swear that you should workout 1 muscle group a day. However, this is probably the worst advice you could give someone who is just starting out and looking for a muscle building workout plan.
The fact is, most of the people that follow these types of workouts are usually either genetically gifted (mesomorphs), or are taking steroids. If you try to copy their workouts, I guarantee you’re only going to end up sore for days and over trained. Muscles grow while you are sleeping, not while working out. Working out 5-7 times a day does not give your body enough time to recover, and will actually affect your progress in a negative way.
3.) Creatine: Consider taking a creatine supplement. While it’s true that technically you don’t need to take any supplements at all to gain muscle, creatine will help you increase your overall workout intensity, which will allow you to achieve greater levels of muscle mass.
4.) Keep reps around 8-10: Many folks will tell you that you should stick to low reps and heavy weights in order to build muscle. I say do high reps with heavy weights! Yes, you obviously won’t be able to handle as much weight as you would if you were only doing 4-6 reps. However, if you’re challenging yourself with a good amount of weight you’ll find that 3 sets of 8-10 reps is ideal for really breaking down your muscles and experiencing optimum growth.
When it comes to designing the perfect muscle building workout plan, these four points are a great place to start.