The good news is that you don’t have to waste all the time and go through all the hardships and frustration that I did. By avoiding these five deadly muscle building mistakes you’ll be on the fast track to getting big and strong. Which always helps when someone’s trying to stuff you in a locker or take your girl. Not that I would know or anything…
Using the same weights for the same number of reps does absolutely nothing to force your body to adapt. You’re just spinning your wheels and wasting your time.
Look at the biggest guys on the planet, from the dawn of time until now. The common thread? The biggest guys are also the strongest guys. If your program doesn’t allow for consistent strength gains on a regular basis you’ll never build any serious muscle.
But what if you could train each muscle group 104 times per year? Two times the growth stimulus would certainly lead to a hell of a lot faster results.
Besides, when else in life would you try to improve at something by only doing it once per week? You practice a sport every day to get better at it. So why would you try to build a muscle by only training it once per week?
There’s absolutely no reason to be doing numerous sets and exercises for every bodypart. The goal is to get in, hit hard, do slightly more than you did last time (either more weight or more reps) stimulate the muscle to grow and get out. You never want to do more than that. There’s simply no reason to when you’re skinny and weak and looking to change that in a hurry.
If you don’t do that, and instead go to the gym and try to “keep the muscle guessing” by adhering to some nonsensical “muscle confusion” principle you’ll be the exact same size in twelve months that you are today. Hell, if you do that I’ll bet you’re the same size right now as you were last year.
Stick with a proven plan for at least 12 weeks and for the love of all things good, PLEASE don’t be a program hopper like everyone else out there who never makes an ounce of progress.
This is a surefire path to overtraining, burnout and injuries. You’re only human and the body can only withstand so much.
This means you have to slowly ramp up the intensity and then pull back the reigns, give your body a break, then push forward again, trying to exceed your previous bests.
You can’t just have the pedal to the medal for 52 weeks straight. That’s actually one of the worst things you could ever attempt to do.
A hardgainer is someone who is naturally skinny, but usually not ripped. We’re usually closer to “skinny-fat. We also have crappy genetics for building muscle and have a very hard time gaining weight.
Hardgainers ARE different and attempting to follow the same old muscle building system you see everyone else following will get you absolutely nowhere. You need a program specifically designed for those with less than optimal genetics, that directly addresses the precise needs of skinny guys like us…
Unfortunately, the way you’re training right now is robbing your body of 90% of the muscle gains you should be making.
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