Getting the right information these days about weight training and muscle building is very hard to find. There is so much information coming to us from health and fitness experts and various media platforms. It’s almost impossible to decide which one is true and which one isn’t. Everyone seems to be saying something different and this has left a lot of people frustrated and thoroughly confused. Thanks to my extensive research and a bunch of body builder friends and experts I make available: The 5 common mistakes to avoid in your quest to gain muscles.
According to research, supplements are not necessary to build a lean muscular physique. Though protein powder may be recommended which helps you to gain protein and speed up muscle grow, exercise and nutrition are the most important things you need. Even though there are some supplements that are helpful in the process, it is not the most important thing as we have been convinced to believe. More than 90% of your results will come as a result of proper training and nutrition. Don’t rush for ‘short cuts’, get your nutrition and training in order first before you think of other options
Too Much Exercise Without Rests
Most people think that they will get better results if they work out for several hours a day without resting. This is very wrong because, anytime you workout, you put your body under too much stress and tension. Therefore, you have to give your body time to repair and build the muscles through rest. Then you repeat the process of working out again. Working out too much without resting is detrimental to achieving your muscle building goals. When you over train, your body can’t build muscle and you may even lose some of the muscle you have now.
Poor Nutrition Plan
As already indicated, proper training and nutrition ensures successful muscle building. Your diet is without a doubt very important in your muscle building routine. You can do the proper workouts alright but if you don’t eat properly, you will not get the desired results. Have a nutrition plan that is well- balanced and eat at the right time. Purposely plan to have left overs that you can re-heat in the microwave, this saves time and makes it easier to have quick nutritious meals on hand.
Failing to Monitor Your Progress
Failing to plan is planning to fail is very apt when it comes to body building. So many people just go through the motions with their workouts with no real plan or reason for what they are doing. Make time to assess where you are right now and where you want to be by tomorrow or next week. Think of ways to improve or even get an experienced person to help you create an action plan. That is when you can follow through your plan and monitor your results. Don’t forget that, what gets measured, gets improved.
Comparing Yourself To Others
Trying to be better then the next guy and always comparing yourself to others is just setting yourself up for disaster. By doing this you’ll never really be satisfied and you’ll never be able to truly appreciate your accomplishments. When it comes to bodybuilding, there will always be people who are bigger, stronger, leaner, and more muscular then you. There will always be people who are better, and on the other side of the coin, people who are worse. Instead of worrying about others and how they look, focus on yourself. Always try to beat your personal best occasionally, because you are your only competition.
Lee Hayward (Muscle building coach and competitive bodybuilder)