Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Four Muscle Building Mistakes

I'd like to share about some mistakes that I have observed new/beginner trainees make in their quest to build muscle. These mistakes involved training, nutrition, and recovery. Here goes:

Mistake 1: Buying Too Many Supplements

Right now you can go on any bodybuilding website and buy pre-workout, intra-workout, and post-workout supplements. You can also buy "fat burners," "testosterone boosters," and a wide variety of pills, powders, and potions with all kinds of exaggerated claims. You can easily blow your whole paycheck on stuff that may not make a bit of difference in terms of getting bigger, stronger or leaner.

The truth is that there are only a handful of supplements that are worth you time: creatine monohydrate, whey protein, and a multivitamin to name a few. These will not make some huge difference--hence the word supplement. They simply help you by supplying a convenient way to add to your nutrition plan. Speaking of which, here's another mistake . . .

Mistake 2: Poor Diet

I still remember the way I ate as a college student: pizza, burgers, and other fast food galore. Guess what--I still made gains. Yep, I improved my body with less-than-ideal eating habits. But I could have made progress a lot more quickly if I had put some real planning into my diet. If I had, for example, eaten about a gram of protein per pound of lean body weight I would have seen much better results. I also would have built a leaner, more aesthetically pleasing body if I had eaten less processed food and tried to stick to higher quality food.

I'm not saying you can't eat junk food or fast food every once in a while. You can have a "cheat meal" or even a "cheat day" if you eat well for most of the week. But if you always fill up on junk then you are leaving less "room" for the kind of nutrition that will actually help you reach your goals.

Mistake 3: Overtraining

A beginner who is new to training usually can only handle a very low volume of training. But you'll often encounter bodybuilding magazine articles describing a training schedule of 5-7 times a week with 2-hour workouts. This may work for guys who are using steroids, but it's not the best idea for a new, natural trainee. You are better off doing relatively brief, infrequent workouts. Three times a week is usually all you need if you are just starting out. Even more advanced trainees will find that four sessions a week is more than enough to get the job done.

Mistake 4: Insufficient Rest/Recuperation

Back to the college days: I remember staying up late and trying to get by on little sleep. But this is a terrible habit for those who are trying to build muscle. Just a few days of insufficient sleep will cause your testosterone levels to plummet--this is not what you want if you are trying to build mass and strength! Do your best to sleep 7-8 hours a night if you are trying to transform your physique. An occasional sleepless night is OK, but a regular habit of it will kill your gains.

I hope you will try to avoid these mistakes. I'd recommend a solid program like No Nonsense Muscle Building 2.0 (NNMB). if you want a complete guide to body transformation. Check out this complete program review if you'd like more information on it.