Tips to Gain Strength Quickly

In order to setup a proper strength training routine, you need to understand how a muscle gets stronger. If you fail to understand the physiology behind getting stronger, you will put together a sub-optimal strength training program.

My goal in this short article is to explain the differences between bodybuilding and gaining strength.

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How a Bodybuilding Program Works.

Bodybuilding involves breaking down a muscle. This is done by performing reps in the 6-12 range and working the muscle to exhaustion. Typically bodybuilders aim for a “burn” and a “pump” in the muscle. They employ things like forced reps and negatives. If your goal is to build muscle then you are purposely trying to damage that muscle group. The idea is that when the muscle repairs itself, it will overcompensate and add a little more mass to that muscle group. Over time, these muscle groups will become noticeably larger. A proper strength training program aims for something much different.

How a Strength Program Works.

A good strength training plan should focus on making a muscle more efficient, not in breaking down a muscle. If your strength training program is geared toward things like the “pump” or the “burn” then you need to change your approach. Think of bodybuilding as “muscle” based and strength training as “nervous system” based. In a good strength training program you are trying to train your nervous system to send stronger impulses to the muscle group being worked. Your strength training program should be based around performing heavy weights and low repetitions.

Heavy Weights Generate Stronger Nerve Impulses to the Muscle Than Light Weights.

If you take a 5 pound weight and curl it, you nervous system barely needs to work to contract your bicep muscle. If you take a 40 pound weight and curl it, your nervous system needs to work harder. The heavier the weights you chose, the less reps you can perform in a specific lift. That is why an effective strength training program is based around lifting heavy weights for low reps.

How Many Sets and Reps are Optimal in a Good Strength Program?

In order to train your nervous system to become more efficient, you need to train it to fire strong impulses to the muscle over and over again. You must perform a specific heavy lift enough times for the mind-to-muscle link to get stronger. Gaining strength is a skill that is developed with practice like any other skill, so your strength training program needs to reflect that. Each set you perform should be 2-5 reps, but you will need to perform many sets to get the proper practice. You can decide for yourself how many sets you want to perform, I recommend between 6-10 sets in the major lifts.

Never Train To Failure if You Want to Gain Strength at a Fast Rate!

Training to failure is definitely a bodybuilding thing. None of your sets in your strength training program should ever be taken to failure. Every time you train to failure you are teaching your nervous system to fail. You will be rewarded with weaker impulses sent to the muscle on the next sets you perform. When you train to failure you are taking a “few steps back” in your quest to gaining strength. Obviously forced reps are to be avoided as well.

Schedule Plenty of Rest In Between Sets in Your Strength Routine.

Bodybuilders strive hard for things like “the pump” and they are trying to really exhaust their muscles, so they need to keep rest to a minimum. In a strength training program, you want maximum nerve impulses sent to the muscle each and every rep. In order to insure that really strong impulses are generated, you need to rest up to 5 minutes in between each set. If you ever play video games it is like waiting for your character’s energy to recharge up to 100%. Schedule enough time in your strength workout to rest 3-5 minutes in between each set.

You Should Not Be Sore After Performing Your Strength Training Program.

Since your strength workout isn’t breaking down your muscles, you should experience very little soreness the days after your workout. Since the muscles don’t need to repair themselves, you can work each muscle group more often than if you following a bodybuilding routine. A bodybuilder might work each muscle group twice a week, you should be able to work each muscle group 3-4 times per week. If you “practice” each lift 4 times per week, you should get quicker results than someone who does it 2 times per week. Just make sure that you aren’t breaking the muscle down like a bodybuilder.

A Quick Summary of a Good Strength Training Program

1) 3-5 reps per set
2) 6-10 sets per exercise
3) 3-5 minutes rest in between sets
4) Never train to failure
5) Never perform forced reps
6) Practice major lifts 3-4 times per week

Hopefully this clears up some of the confusion out there in setting up an effective strength training program.

Healthy Meal Plan Tips to Follow

These days when junk foods, processed foods and other unhealthy edible treats are very common in the market, it is of importance that you know how you can plan your meals. Planning meals will help you eat healthily.

Healthy meal planning is something that many people may find challenging, yet with the help of some pointers, you can certainly ease this difficulty and make sure that everything you and your family eat is delicious and nourishing.

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• Develop a cycle menu for about 4-6 weeks. This will help provide variety to your meals.

• Your menu cycle must include balance; Balance in flavors such as sweet, sour, savory, tart and lightly spicy. This balance will help awaken and stimulate the taste buds. Balance also refers to the contained nutrients in each meal. Meals that you will prepare and serve to your family must provide them with nutrients. Meals should have protein, carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals and other nourishing components found in a variety of foods.

• Your meals must be emphasized with variety. Change the types of menus that you prepare and serve every day. Every now and then, you may try to cook foods that are unfamiliar to you.

• Contrast is also another important aspect of meal planning. Food texture and appearance of foods must be considered. Textures of food include smoothness, crispness and fluffiness. You should avoid using excessive amount of the same kind of foods in just one meal. Make your dish striking by using different shapes and sizes of ingredients.

• Color also makes the meals and foods appealing to the eyes. When your dish has only one color, you tend to have less desire to eat it; but if the food has various colors in it, your mind thinks that it is delicious even if you have not tasted it yet. Vegetables and fruits add the natural colors you need in your meals.

• In planning meals, there are several things that contribute to your challenges like calorie counts. To be successful in healthy meal planning, you can avoid all these difficulties by making everything simple. Meal planning does not have to include too extravagant or elaborate meals every day. You just have to stick to foods that you love and enjoy. There are also easy recipes that you can find online which incorporate ingredients that are new to you.

• In making changes to your diet, you should not do it all at once. Make changes gradually and slowly. It would not be realistic to make your entire meals on the completely healthy side in just one night.

• There are certain foods that you know are not that healthy enough, but you should not consider these foods are wholly prohibited. You may still include them in your meals, but what’s important is you consume them moderately.

• Remember that you may plan the healthiest meal of all, yet if your attitude in eating will not be healthy, then your efforts may all be for nothing. Eat your planned meals with the family and enjoy them together. Always eat breakfast to jumpstart the metabolism.

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Hyper Effective Workout Advice (Chest Exercise for Men)

Ask any woman and they will not hesitate to tell you a man’s most attractive physical feature is a highly developed chest. So it is no surprise that men fervently search for ways to workout their chest muscles in order to develop them into pecs all women will love and other men will envy.

If you have been searching for hyper effective workout advice for male chest exercises, you have finally found the right article.

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Out of all of the chest exercises created for the male’s pectoral muscle in mind, the bench press is arguably the most highly effective one. Bench presses can do many things for your chest, such as bring you the benefit of ripped pecs and increase the back arm muscle strength. If you want to take your bench pressing workouts to a whole new level, try alternating the way you space your hands.

Parallel bar dips will be the next chest exercise you should move to once you have slightly built up your pecs. When you do dips on the parallel bar, you will be adding great definition to your chest. Although parallel dips have a higher level of difficulty than bench presses, the reward is worth the extra effort. If huge pecs are what you are after, dips are what you must do.

The last exercise technique is called the dumbbell incline bench press. This exercise is the key to adding muscle mass to your upper chest, which will in turn give your pecs an overall thick look.

Exercise Tips to Remember

Even though the above chest exercises are hyper effective, it is still crucial to switch up your routines as well as increase your intensity at regular intervals in order to build your chest muscles quickly and efficiently.

Also, it is more important to be slow and controlled with your repetitions as shooting for a high amount of reps to complete or the heaviness of the weights you lift.

Always keep your elbows at a 90 degree angle in comparison to the floor as well as lined up with your barbell, and your arms should remain parallel with your bar. This form is vital to the proper building of pectoral muscles. If your elbows are bending towards your side, like many others make the mistake of doing, you will gain muscle mass in your triceps and shoulders instead of your chest.

Nutrition is Key

Your nutritional intake goes hand in hand with your chest exercises. Loading up on lean protein is ideal for building muscle mass.

Of course, your caloric intake plays a big role in the increasing of muscles too. The general rule is to take in a minimum of 1,000 more calories than your Basal Metabolic Rate, or BMR. Your BMR is the calories your body burns daily while at rest and this number can be calculated through various tools on the internet. There is no mistake about it; a high caloric intake is not optional for those seeking to build their chest muscles quickly and effectively.