What is the fastest way to build muscle? I get asked this question very often. I want to give you some pointers on how to get the most bang for your buck with muscle building from the starting gate. Which is the best time to take this seriously.
your first muscle build
NO time will ever be more important and more successful than your first attempt at building muscle. Weight training and a muscle building diet are so new to your body that it will often respond by growing like a weed in the spring your first time around. Incredibly well if done right. So how do you do it right?
EVERYWHERE you look for advice on how to build muscle you will see them suggest doing repetitions of 10 or less every exercise. In the beginning you barely know the correct way to perform the exercise. Your body needs to get used to these new movements. Loading heavy weight that you cant do more than 10 repetitions with can be dangerous. You do not have the focus or the coordination down yet. Start with higher reps. 15+ sometimes up to 50 even! You want to feel the muscle working and build the connection between it and your mind.
You have to focus and train hard. As you get the form down and are combining it with a good diet you want to train hard as well. I really suggest watching videos. Even better, if you can get a mentor in the form of an experienced trainer you will significantly speed up and maximize your results without question.
add in extra calories
You have to eat to build muscle. The main thing you want to add more of is protein. You want to get it in every meal. I also suggest to start using a protein powder 1-3 times a day to get in extra calories without having your body work too much harder to process it.
be highly motivated
One of the first things I suggest to people starting to build muscle and weight train is to find a physique they would like to have. For guys it is often an athlete, celebrity, or an old school bodybuilder. I then suggest to watch videos of those athletes and bodybuilders working out. Seeing their focus, passion, and intensity is really awe inspiring. To this day I consistently watch bodybuilding videos on youtube. I never will nor do I want to be as massive as them but I respect and admire the way they do things. I have an entire post written on motivation. Check it out.