In this digital age that we live in-we want everything in an instant-and maybe even that is too slow. Same holds true for the young man looking to pack on some serious muscle, they want it yesterday. While this kind of enthusiasm is good thing-it can also be a problem. In this article I am going to lay out the top three mistakes most bodybuilders make when looking to gain muscle mass as fast as possible.
Heavier is Better
While adding weight to the barbell or dumbbells can be a good thing, sometimes it can be too much of a good thing. What I mean by this is, if you have to say, swing and contort yourself to get the weight up-you need to take some weight off the bar.
Yes, in theory you are using more weight, but if you are using every muscle in your body BUT the muscle you are trying to make grow to lift the weight-you really are not doing yourself any good.
Truthfully, you are, more than likely setting yourself up for an injury-one that could set your training back weeks or months. Words to live by, when in doubt-take some weight off the bar or dumbbells.
Not Being Open To New Things
No matter how enthusiastic you are for your training, sooner or later it will happen, you will start dreading going to the gym. It can be for a multitude of reasons-maybe you are over trained or your joints are hurting.
However, some trainers simply will not back off-no they keep hammering away at what they have always done. Sure this works for a while-but again you are just setting yourself up for failure.
Either via injury or simple burn-out.
Neither is very good for your training.
The better choice would be to take a week off of training completely. Yes, I know this sounds crazy, but trust me on this, you will come back ready to really tear up the weights. And make solid gains once again. Or you can simply take some weight off the bar so-to-speak-for a couple of weeks and try doing higher rep training. Chances are this change will shock your muscles into new growth-and will help get rid of any joint aches and pains that you may have.
Not Taking All Measures To Avoid Injury.
Injury kills progress. Correct exercise technique – no body English, no yanking, no dropping, no heaving, no excessive ranges of motion, no blasting into a rep – is pivotal to training safely. Don’t give mere lip service to the cliché, “Use good technique.”
Figuratively emboss it on your forehead, and pay heed! Breaking technique while training hard is a common and often devastating mistake. Disciplined training is about effort and good technique. Training safety also involves individualizing your exercise selection.
If an exercise hurts, and you’ve been performing it using good technique with a controlled rep speed, and you’ve tried sensible modifications, drop that exercise. The first rule of exercise is, “Do no harm.” Discard the reckless “No pain, no gain” maxim.
Yes, backing off a bit from your training can be tough-from personal experience I know just how tough this can be.
But, I urge you to give the two tips above a try-especially if your training has gone stale.
More enthusiasm and more gains than ever could be the result.
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