12 Secrets to Building Muscle for Bodybuilding

12 Secrets to Building Muscle for Bodybuilding
    We always get impressed by the big guns all the bodybuilders in the movies or at the local gym. There are many people that aspire to be that big one day, but their improvements on that department seem lacking for the most part.
    Going from skinny to ripped is not a process that can happen in a week or two, more so if you want the physique of a bodybuilder. There are many factors that come into play for every enthusiast that embarks on the road to building a bodybuilder's muscle.
    If you are committed to achieving the body your dream of and are looking to add more muscle to your body start with these 12 secrets to building muscle:

    1. Diet

    Professionals will tell you that the beginning lies in your ability to get your diet straightened out. Before you head down to the gym and abuse all the available machinery, you need to know more about what your body needs in terms of nutrients.
    Most bodybuilders, professional or amateur alike, are a bit of a nutrition nerd. They know the difference between calories and carbohydrates, what protein actually is and what a good meal means for them. Most of them have the basics covered in terms of nutrition and they are capable of giving good advice to all that seek it. That is where you have to start as well.
    Know what your body's needs for prolonged sessions of effort. Get in terms with your daily caloric intake. Know how much you need before you start exercising. Understand that starting a new activity which requires more energy put in – in this case, working out to build muscle – will make your bodyconsume more calories a day. Furthermore, you will need to take up a higher protein diet but without neglecting all the other nutrients that are crucial for a healthy life. Bodybuilding is so much more than pumping iron and getting big. Most of your ability to grow in muscle relies on how well you eat.

    2. Add more protein to your diet 

    Protein is essential for weight training. Protein consists of a combination of structures called amino acids that combine in several ways to help create muscles, bone, tendons, skin, hair, and other tissues. Bodybuilders need protein to assist in repairing and rebuilding muscle that was broken down during exercise. It also helps to optimize carbohydrate storage in the form of glycogen.
    It’s important to consider that although many red meat sources may be high in protein, they are high in saturated fats which are not healthy. Fish and poultry are a much healthier choice as a meat source protein.

    3. Discipline

    No athlete in any sport, especially bodybuilding, has gotten any results if it weren't for his high rate of discipline. You need to stick to your workout and, even more importantly, to your diet. You got into this sport to get bigger. Ain't no bodybuilder that got bigger on a diet of potato chips and little gym attendance. Do whatever it takes to meet your daily goals and never go down one step.
    This should extend to your daily life as well. If you want that muscle to grow, you need to be focused on the goal and disciplined enough to obtain it. Don't be a couch potato, not even for a second. Building muscle doesn't require just gym attendance, it requires constant movement and improvement as well. Go out there and get things done, regardless if it's a workout matter or not.

    4. Don't overtrain

    Once you have already worked out a muscle, that’s it, it’s done. If you continue to over train it, you will actually retard growth. Aim at training a specific muscle twice per week, this can be directly or indirectly.
    It's easy to get pumped up in the world of bodybuilding, especially if you are a beginner. Sure, do your best at pushing your limits, but listen to your body as well. If you feel sick or you might suspect something is wrong with your body, opt for a rest day or a check-out rather than working yourself to death.
    Obviously training is important, but knowing when not to train, listening to your body for specific signs that indicate you should rest, is of a higher importance. Yes, you do want to get buffed, but I am sure you want to stay healthy and alive in the process. Know when something feels wrong and take a day off.
    Giving your body a day off will allow your muscles to recuperate and begin to establish a structure. You will come back even stronger the next day.

    5. Hydration

    Pumping iron day in and day out will sure drain you quite faster than many other sports. Therefore, if you want to stay healthy and not feel drowsy when exercising you have to get your water fix at all times. That whole story of 8 cups of water a day might be true but you need a whole lot more than that my friend. While exercising, your body loses big quantities of liquid through sweat. You need to get those levels back up so your body has what it needs to cool your core temperature down and keep your muscles working for longer.

    6. Get more Sleep

    At least 7-9 hours per night. What exactly makes sleep so important? It has a lot to do with recovery.  If you’re training harder than ever, completing the right amount of sleep is extremely important to recovery. With each workout and training session stress is placed on the mind and body and muscle tissue is worn out with energy levels being exhausted. While you sleep the body releases potent growth hormones which are in charge of muscle repair and growth.

    7. Not going for miracle products

    There are lots and lots of supplements on the market that you might get tempted to fiddle with. While a select few do actually have a high chance of improving your workout, there are numerous products who promise you the results of a super-human. Get tricked into buying those and all you are left with is a thinner wallet and possibly a bad stomach.
    Supplements are a whole bunch of nothing if you don't train accordingly. Miracle products are just simply supplements that got injected steroids in the marketing department. There is nothing special to them and you should know that from the very beginning. With the right diet and workout plan, most of the athletes will not even need a sip of whatever you might be tempted in buying. Know your body and market before venturing into a shopping spree.

    8. Proper Technique

    Your main focus is indeed to train the body, getting your muscle mass higher and higher up the ladder. You must focus on the proper technique of your exercises, you could be hindering your performance or even worse you could injure yourself. The last thing you want is to get injured and have to take a break from training, you will begin to lose the mass you have already gained.
    To be more specific, you need to arm yourself with all the knowledge there is about what you’re doing. Knowledge is power and if you want to build muscle you must have the knowledge to do so.

    9. Patience

    As I said, bodybuilding is no sport in which you get a week or two at the gym and you have the body of a demigod. Amateurs that got into the sport and have some kind of results have been putting their bones to work for months now. As for professionals, they have years of bodybuilding in their backs, if not a life-long dedication to the sport.
    Getting bigger and transforming your body into its best shape is one of those processes that require very hard work and months on end for even the slightest of results. So, for you to start seeing something, you need that patience. As most things in life, the greatest results are obtained by those who work hard enough to get them and are patient enough to reach them.

    10. Have a Master Plan

    You must first know where you want to go and how you are going to get there. This is important not only in weight training, but also in life. What’s your end game, what exactly is it that you’re trying to achieve? Well-structured goals and strategies are the single most important base in the long-term effectiveness and sustainability of your weight training ideals. Goals need to be constantly reappraised, and refocused. Time goes by, new ideals surface, always striving to your ultimate potential.

    11. No quitting allowed

    You will get no better if you do not keep going at it. Following your sorted diet and workout plan religiously is the only thing that can lead you up to the desired physique. Winners never quit and quitters never win.

    12. Pushing yourself to little more

    It is a logical, proven fact that if you manage one a couple more pounds in your building routine, your body will get bigger. The only way to do this is by trying to push the strings of your limits each time you can.
    When having a good day you have the most motivation to try and go for that increase. In the bad days, remember that your workout plan and motivation for all that muscle you want to build and tone. Who knows, you might just turn your worst workout day into the best day in the week. Just keep at it, one more rep at a time.
    Get these secrets well embedded into your life and you will be on the golden road of muscle building success. For the most part, these are the tips and tricks you will hear, one shape or another, from any other bodybuilder, amateur or professional alike. There might be other secrets out there, sure, but if you start with these, you will find that is little need of any other trick in your play book.
    All the people who got into the sport know that the fun part lies in the preparation and not the presentation. Sure, it is lots of fun to get your guns showing and doing the best pose you can do. 
    But the actual fun of it all stands next to the machines, sweating and screaming while you try to get just one more rep in the set. All the fun is when you hit the gym with your colleagues and help each other out in building more muscle and getting better at it.
    Remember that you will have great days when you will feel like you own it and days when just one simple push you seems like an impossible task. It is important you keep at it the best you can and you do not quit. You might let yourself down at times – a lot in the beginning if you bite more than you can chew – but that's okay. Even the champions that look like they never make a mistake will have their bad days. They just suck it up and go for it all over again, building more muscle in the process.

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