If you are trying to build muscle, there is a lot of information out there to tell you how. You may start reading the same things over and over, and you might also get conflicting information. Here are some muscle building tips that are tried and true, so you can gain muscle without worrying you are doing something wrong.
1. Eat more carbs. A lot of people want to build muscle and hear that they should eat protein, so they pack on the protein and slash their carbs. You shouldn’t do that, because your body needs the glucose carbs provide. In fact, your body needs glucose for energy so that you can walk around and do the things you need to do. If your body doesn’t have a lot of carbs, it will burn fat for energy. That sounds great, except you probably don’t have that much fat on your body to begin with. If there isn’t enough fat on your body, your body will then start burning muscle. If you are trying to gain muscle, that can be catastrophic.
2. Get a trainer. It is easy to walk into a gym and start lifting weights. How hard can it be, right? The truth is that if you don’t have a good plan or a good coach, you are going to waste your time until you find out what works. Instead, skip the drama and head right to a professional trainer who can help you get the results you want. If you don’t want to have a trainer shadow you every time you walk into a gym, just have a few sessions and go it on your own once you are comfortable with the routine.
3. Get your rest. You may think that it is impossible to sleep for a long time as an adult; after all, you have work, your social life, and your gym life to tend to. However, you need sleep more than you realize. You may not know this, but sleep is when your body restores itself from the beating you gave it while working out. If your body does not get this time to repair itself, you will not be able to keep up the high intensity workouts you want to do.
4. Switch up your workout routines. After a while, anything can become boring. Because more muscle doesn’t happen overnight, it can be tough at times to motivate yourself to keep going. Do that by switching up your gym routine. If you start with your legs, wait until the end of the workout to do them. Try doing more of one exercise and less of another. Give yourself mini-challenges. Switch things up and you will be able to keep reaching for your goals.
Getting more muscle can seem hard at first, but you have many avenues to try. Use the tips in this article to make sure you are keeping the right balance in your strategy to build the muscles you want to see. Stay determined and you’ll find success.