Everyone wants bigger muscles and a body like the athletes and celebrities we see on magazine covers but most people either have no clue how to effectively build muscles or don’t want to put in the effort to get them, in this post I will address my top 5 muscle building tips for beginners for all of you newcomers to get off to a great start.
#1 Research, Research, Research:
I know you are probably thinking the best way to build muscle is to get in the gym and start pumping iron and while the time you spend in the gym is a big part of muscle building, taking the time to research muscle building techniques, routines, and learning more about how muscle building works is a huge part of the process.
The last thing you want to do is spend hours in the gym just “winging” it and not seeing the results you were expecting, instead go in with a plan of attack based on the research you have done in advance.
The internet is a gold mine of information about just about anything you can think of including how to build muscle but you want to make sure that you stick to trusted resources such as Bodybuilding.com or MensHealth.com, just to name a few.
#2 Make Sure Your Goals Are Realistic:
It’s easy to say that your goal is to have a magazine cover body in the next 6 months or even a year, but how realistic is that?
Depending on where you are starting it’s certainly possible but for most of us it’s going to take much longer than that so why set goals that we know we cannot achieve.
Instead break your long term goal into smaller bite-sized chunks that you can realistically achieve which will help you build momentum and keep you motivated to keep putting in the effort.
Write your goals down, find someone who has the body you want and post their picture everywhere you can to constantly remind yourself of what you are hoping to achieve and most importantly determine and know your why.
Your why is the reason you are wanting to get in shape and build muscle in the first place.
For some people it will be to get the attention of the opposite sex, for others its because you want to set a good example for your children or others in your life, whatever your reason is, remind yourself of your why everyday and use it to motivate you to put in everything you got into achieving your goals.
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#3 Be Consistent:
One of the most important things you can do is be consistent in your efforts to build muscle, this starts with establishing the best time of the day/ week for you to schedule your workouts.
We all live busy lives and making time to workout either at home or in the gym may require you to sacrifice in other areas but this is the time when you have to ask yourself how bad you want to get in shape and have the body you have always dreamed of.
While I would never recommend that you take time away from your family, I am sure there is time in your day where you can set aside 30 minutes to an hour to devote to your health and fitness, you owe it to yourself and your family to be the best that you can be.
Now that you have figured out how you are going to free up time to devote to your fitness and muscle building efforts, you have taken the one of the first big steps, the next is being consistent in your efforts and seeing it through.
#4 Figure Out This Nutrition Thing:
This part is really not that complicated.
We all know the difference between foods that are good for us and those that are bad but when it comes to muscle building, having a more advanced knowledge of the foods that will help in your efforts to build muscle is essential.
This site will be a great resource for you in determining which foods are the best for muscle building as well as several other credible sources available for free online.
We will be taking a much deeper look into muscle building nutrition in the coming days and will be covering everything you need to know.
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#5 Work Hard and Be Patient:
The one thing you will find in almost every muscle building guide available is the fact that in order to properly build muscle, you are going to have to put in a lot of hard work.
There are going to be times when you are going to be sore and hurt all over but this isn’t the time to quit and give up, I have always believed in the saying “if you don’t feel it, it’s not working”.
If you put in the effort and follow a proven muscle building plan you will begin to see results, but they may not come as quickly as you want, be patient and keep working at it everyday.
This has been a extreme high level overview of muscle building tips for beginners, in the coming posts we will begin diving into more detailed and advanced muscle building tips, techniques and build muscle strategies.