If you’re reading this, you’re probably here because you want to gain weight, build muscle and learn weight training and diets techniques that will help you get there, right? You might even be interested in knowing the secrets of muscle building! OK, we’ll here’s the secret – THERE IS NO SECRET!. If you’re serious about building muscle and gaining weight and if you want to learn the right weight training styles and techniques that will help get you there, then keep reading …
For many of you, you’ve probably been told that you should be happy that you can’t gain weight easily because for a majority of the people you meet at the gym or just on the street, they’re looking to lose weight, not gain it! But just like those men and women that find it hard to lose weight, you really want to gain weight. And not just gain weight, but more specifically, build muscle mass. You want to gain weight, but not get fat, right?
While supplements can help you achieve greater gains, they will do nothing if you don’t put in the work lifting weights. The hardest part is just getting started. Once you’ve begun and begin seeing results, it motivates you to continue with your strength training.
There’s a big myth that the more you train using weights, the more you’ll grow. That is not true at all! In fact, weight training too often can lead to serious injury. Your muscle grow when you’re resting, not while you’re working out. When you’re training with heavy wieghts, you’re forcing your muscles to work harder than they normally would. This inturn, causes them to grow bigger and stronger. But if you don’t give them ample to rest between workouts, you won’t give your muscles enough time grow! You’d be defeating the whole purpose of weight training.
EAT, EAT AND EAT SOME MORE! Let’s face it, if you want to gain weight and build muscle, you’re going to have to eat. And when we say eat, we mean a lot! Instead of eating 3 meals a day, you have to eat at least 5-6 meals a day. Know most of you probably want to have a life and don’t want to spend your free time in the kichten or at the dinner table. We’re not saying that you have to live your life around eating, but if you’re serious about gaining weight and building muscle, you have to develop a diet plan that you can actually stick to.
What about supplements? Do they work?
Look, nothing will work if you don’t eat right and workout out a regular basis – PERIOD. However, some of the popular supplements, like Creatine and protein powders, can be effective. But keep in mind, they are called Supplements for a reason. They should only be used to supplement your diet. They should not take the place of a full meal. By taking supplements, it does not mean you don’t have to workout either. In fact, if you take supplements and don’t workout, you could do more harm than good. Remember, supplements can only work if you know which ones to take, when to take them and how to work them into your diet! Don’t just go out and buy the first supplement you read about in a magazine or one that someone at the gym tells you about. Before you take any supplement, you have to find out what it will do to you. Think about it – you’re going to take something that will change not only the way you look, but that will affect your body internally as well. Do your homework! Or better yet, let us do it for you. There are many articles on RFU Health Systems that help you to know when an how to take your supplements. A good start would be how and when to take creatine, glutamine and protein.
Determining your Body Type
When it comes to gaining weight naturally, you have to know your body type. We are all born with a different genetic blueprint. Understanding what all three body types are and which one you fall into will help you achieve whatever weight training and diet goals you set for yourself. Based on your body frame, you fall into one of three body types: Endomorph, Ectomorph, or Mesomorph.
If you find it hard to gain weight and build muscle, you’re most likely are an Ectomorph. Knowing which body type you fall into is key. Most Ectomorph’s are also known as Hardgainers, mearning it’s hard find you to gain weight, build muscle and keep it on – and besides, Hardgainer sounds a lot better than Ectomorph!
You don’t need to be a Personal Trainer to become an expert at weight training. However, there’s a lot to learn about how and why weight training can make or break your muscle building goals. Weight training comes down to Physics. Know we know what your thinking – what does Physics have to do with building muscle and gaining weight?
Well it has everything to do with building muscle and gaining weight! Weight Training is nothing more than knowing how the relationships between Gravity, Friction, Mechanical Advantage, and Power and how they all work together to help you build muscle and keep it on. By understanding how Gravity works while weight training, you can learn how to maximize your time in the gym. When it comes to Friction, you need to know what the differences are between free weights and machines. Mechanical Advantage has to do with learning which movements and what type of resistance you need to incorporate into your weight training workout do build rock-solid muscle. And finally, by determining how much Power you need when weight training will assure all your hard work in the gym doesn’t go to waste.
Gaining weight and building muscle is not easy. It takes a lot of determintation, knowledge and most of all consistency.
You could buy hundreds of bodybuilding supplements you can’t even pronounce, you could spend thousands of dollars on expensive supplements and spend countless hours in the gym but if you don’t stay consistent, you’d be waisting your time, and not mention you hard-earned money! If you’re serious about gaining weight, whether it’s just 5-10 pounds or if you want to gain 30-40 pounds, you need to develop a plan that will get your there.
You can’t expect to build muscle naturally by just going to the gym, hitting the weights and eating a little more here and there. You have to create a detailed plan. For example, you need to know:
- What to eat?
- When to eat it?
- And how much of it to eat?
- What exercises to do?
- When to do them?
- And how many sets and repitions you need to do?
- Are supplements worth it?
- If so, which ones should you buy and most importantly why?
- What are the pros and cons of each supplement?
- And most importantly, what are the side effects of each supplement?
The only way to answer these questions is to research. Read RFU Health Systems, visit BodyBuilding.com and make sure you’re going into the gym and ordering your supplements with a plan that will increase your muscle size and body strength. This is a huge subject, and more than one article could ever solve for you. If you’ve read this far, you’re well on your way to knowing what you need to do to build muscle mass!