Even though it is virtually impossible to build muscle fast, in this article we will cover how you can speed up the process as much as possible. Building muscle is a slow, deliberate process that the body naturally fights as much as possible. Since the human body is designed for survival, limiting muscle growth and storing fat efficiently is the preferred option simply because if you are ever faced with a famine you will be able to survive for longer due to the large amount of concentrated energy (fat) your body has. Carrying lots of metabolism-boosting muscle mass on your frame with very little body fat goes against this instinctive survival mechanism and means that in a famine situation you are likely to die first! Therefore, building muscle tends to be a slow process.
Nevertheless, there are ways to speed up the process and ensure you build muscle as quickly as your body will allow. In this article we will cover 5 simple steps you need to take in order to maximise your muscle-building potential and finally achieve the physique of your dreams. Keep in mind that each of these 5 steps is essential! If you even miss one of these steps your muscle building potential will be impaired at best or non-existent at worst! Therefore, make sure you understand each of the steps to build muscle fast and incorporate them all into your current lifestyle.
I know that for many people reading this article this will be obvious, but it is amazing how many people think they can simply consume a protein powder or eat more food in order to build muscle fast! The fact is you must stimulate the muscles to grow first and lifting weights on a regular basis is the very best way to do that. Now, I’m not going to cover how to train, what exercises to perform, how to split your muscle groups up, how many reps and sets to do, or how often you should train, we will cover that in a future article.Suffice to say that there are some fundamental principles to follow in order to get the best results from your workouts. Here are just a few:
If you would like to discover the 19 most effective training principles for helping you build muscle fast, please click on the following link: Bodybuilding Workout Routines
Once you’ve stimulated the muscles to grow by lifting weights, you need to provide your body with the fuel (mainly carbohydrates and fat) and building blocks (mainly from protein) it needs in order to repair and re-build the muscle tissue. Therefore, it is best to ensure that all of the meals you have throughout the day contain each of these macronutrients; carbohydrate, protein and fat.Many top bodybuilders believe that nutrition is far more important than training when it comes to building muscle. Many of them say that they would rather skip a training session than skip a meal! Their reasoning is simply because skipping a training session will give their body more chance to recover from their gruelling training sessions. But, if they miss a meal, it is likely that their body will go into a catabolic state and lose muscle, which is exactly what they don’t want! If you would like more information on the best bodybuilding nutrition principles as well as a sample bodybuilding diet to help you build muscle fast, click on the following link: Bodybuilding Nutrition
There is no doubt that supplements do help you build muscle fast. Otherwise it wouldn’t be a growing, multi-million dollar industry. However, supplements need to be put in their place.Supplements, as their name suggests, are just that, supplements! They can never replace a good nutritional plan and exercise program.Unfortunately though, since the supplement industry is such a fiercely competitive industry, marketers of bodybuilding supplements will use every trick they possibly can to gain a marketing edge over their competitors. Slick packaging, endorsement by professional bodybuilders, and advertorials in top bodybuilding publications all contribute to creating the impression that bodybuilding supplements provide some sort of magical effect on muscle growth; they don’t!In fact, every single ad that uses a professional bodybuilder to promote a supplement is actually false advertising! Even though the bodybuilder may use the product (occasionally), their amazing results are mainly the result of outstanding genetics, years of hard work in the gym, good nutrition and enormous amounts of anabolic steroids! The supplements they use probably account for less than 1% of the results they achieve! Sorry, but that’s the truth despite what the supplement companies tell you!Nevertheless, here are the supplements you should take in order to build muscle fast:
That’s it! Of course, you may want to use a multi-vitamin and fish oils for general health, perhaps a testosterone booster if you’re over 40, and a pre-workout supplement occasionally.There is no need to spend hundreds of dollars every month on expensive supplements! All you are paying for is the expensive marketing campaigns (including the pro bodybuilder endorsements). The actual cost of the product itself is a tiny fraction of the overall cost.If you would like more information on why you only need boring, old creatine, protein and glutamine, please read the article titled: Top 5 Muscle Building Supplements
So, once you’ve stimulated the muscles to grow and provided them with all the fuel and building blocks they need, the next step is to allow them to grow! The best way to do this is by having a good night’s sleep.You see, muscles don’t grow in the gym they grow when you’re resting. That is why it is so important to rest as much as possible when you’re out of the gym and ensure you get a good sleep at night.If you would like more detailed information about how to get the best possible sleep at night in order to help you build muscle fast, please read: The Process of Muscle Growth
Stress and muscle growth are mutually exclusive; you can’t have both together! Keep in mind though, we’re referring to mental or emotional stress here, not the stress you put on your muscles when you’re in the gym.Stress causes cortisol to be released from the adrenal glands and since cortisol is a catabolic hormone; meaning it breaks down muscle tissue, limiting its production in the body is essential if you want to build muscle fast!Of course, cortisol does have a range of essential functions in the body so you don’t want its production to be zero. However, you do want to ensure that you don’t have excessive amounts being produced in your body.Therefore, if you have stress in your life (and who doesn’t?) resulting from work, exams, girlfriends, family, etc. then you need to find ways to help your body deal with the stress more effectively.Some of the best ways of reducing your body’s stress response (and that don’t include quitting your job or getting rid of your girlfriend), include: using relaxation and/ or breathing techniques, meditation, or using stress-relieving herbs, like rhodiola rosea. BCN’s Rhodiola Advanced is a good example.
So there you have it! 5 simple steps to help you build muscle fast. Remember that you must use every step and by doing so you will achieve the results that you want. Go for it!photo credit: CelebMuscle via photopin cc