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Workout Routines to Build Up Those Muscles

Following a strict muscle building workout routine is critical for anyone determined to build muscle and gain weight. Going into a gym and lifting random weights until you exhaust yourself is not enough.

To achieve your primary objective, that is, to build up your muscle mass, a weight lifting and bodybuilding program must be employed. You definitely have to follow and maintain a muscle building workout routine.

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Three things contribute to building muscles: workout, diet and rest. Here, I will focus on the workout factor. However, you must bear in mind that all these three factors are equally vital to optimal strength gain and muscular growth. Neglecting one factor would mean failure to maximize your muscle and body building capabilities. A well-designed muscle building workout routine program coupled with a solid diet wit the right amount of calories, combined with plenty of rest and sleep is extremely powerful.

All your efforts spent in the gym by working out will all go to waste if your body will not be supplied with the necessary nutrients and raw materials it needs to build up your muscles. At the same time, if you would not get an adequate amount of rest the body needs in order to recover and repair muscles, the whole weight training will be useless. Common mistake of those who are just beginning their muscle building is to focus so much on weight training but neglect the importance of a proper diet and plenty of sleep.

Going back to the weight training exercises, any aspiring bodybuilder must know that his or her focus must be on compound exercises because these exercises stimulate most of your muscles in the least amount of time. If done correctly and with challenging intensity, you would definitely be on your way to building up those muscles.

The most basic yet the most effective compound exercises for weightlifting are squats and bench presses. Squats develop your leg muscles while the bench press is for the upper body muscles. Some other of the most effective exercises include bicep curls and bench dips for the arm muscles, crunches for the abs, pull ups for the back, calf raises for the leg muscles, and military press for the shoulder muscles. The great thing about these exercises is that you need not all those fancy equipment and complicated gadgets to be able to perform them. Aside from barbells, a spacious room is the only requirement.

Generally, if your primary goal is to obtain optimal strength, 1 to 6 repetitions per set of exercises are recommended. For bodybuilding and muscle mass gain purposes, 7 to 12 repetitions are recommended. For an increase in endurance, a minimum of 13 repetitions is recommended. Notice that the more difficult the objective is, the lesser the number of repetitions recommended. This is because in any exercise training, you go for intensity rather than duration. These figures are just general, though.

A periodization technique can be helpful in keeping your muscles growing. Periodization means a shift from heavy routines to light routines consistently. As this would provide a change-of-pace, your body will work more as it tries to adapt to changing physical activity. As a result, more muscle.

Furthermore, certain muscle groups would respond differently to the number of repetitions being done. For example, abdominal muscles respond best to a high number of repetitions. Therefore, changing your range of repetitions on a regular basis will prove to be effective in building up more muscle.

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5 Powerful Strategies For a Rapid Weight Loss Diet Plan

Losing weight sounds simple but very rarely is. The trouble is that we all want to lose it quickly but underestimate just how long it can take to actually get lean. For a lot of people this a big reason why any diet plan fails as expectations are too high and when people don’t start seeing amazing results quickly they soon give up and the old habits start to return and before we know it we are back to where we started.

If this sounds like you then here a 5 important factors that you must follow if you are going to have any success with a rapid weight loss diet. Always remember weight loss should be approached with a long-term plan but with the occasional quick fix to get you in peak condition for events, holidays or any other occasion where looking your best is important.


1.Eat Less

I cannot stress this point enough. If you want to lose weight and lose it quickly then you have to burn off more calories than you consume. Now you can do this with extra activity but this is time consuming and takes a huge amount of effort. A more simple way is just to eat less. Any rapid diet plan that is successful regardless of what you are eating is one where you are eating fewer calories than your basic metabolic rate. There are many such diet plans out there you just need to research the one most suited to you and your lifestyle.

2.Perform High Intensity Exercise

High intensity whether it is cardio or resistance training is how you should approach all your workouts. This works better than traditional ‘steady cardio’ workouts for 2 reasons. First high intensity intervals and resistance circuit type training burn more calories than ‘normal cardio’ can. Second they build and tone muscle, which keeps your metabolism up.

3.Get Support

This is one of the most important factors too losing weight but is very rarely considered. Trying to lose weight on your own can be very tough with many people feeling isolated from family and friends as they try to maintain their diets. I would advise to try and encourage other people you know to start with you and make it clear to family and friends how important losing weight is too you and that you need their support. Once you have people in the same position as you and supporting your goals it will keep you more motivated and less likely to miss workouts or cheat on your nutrition. A lot of people hide their weight loss plans in case they don’t see them through and look like a failure but I think by telling everybody what you plan to do it shows that this time you really do intend to get the job done.

4.Eat more Fruits And Vegetables

Yes you have heard or read this a million times but are you really doing it? It is a very simple strategy but highly effective. Having more vegetables especially in your diet will make a big difference as they don’t contain many calories but will fill you up quite quickly. If your not sure about this just try for one week to eat only vegetables and protein for every meal obviously making sure it is within your daily calorie allowance and see what happens.

5.Set Goals and deadlines

Setting goals and deadlines is a very powerful tool to losing weight but one that most people fail to do. I prefer to set short goals on a daily and weekly basis. These include targets to be hit in my workouts or only eating certain foods all week. As you build up your list of goals you have accomplished you will increase confidence and momentum towards your overall long-term weight loss goal.

I also try to have a deadline of maybe a month or up to 3 months. I think longer than this can overwhelm people and they don’t feel attainable. Deadlines are very powerful especially when they come in the form of some event, holiday or other important occasion. For example I have yet too train a bride to be who didn’t hit their weight loss goal for their big day. Events like that are incredible motivators and create the correct mindset for weight loss.

It is the same for film stars. The reason that all of these top stars look great on film is not that they are somehow different too us mere mortals. It is because they are completely focused because they have a deadline that must be reached. This means they don’t miss workouts; they train like demons and out of the gym they watch their diet and lead an appropriate lifestyle.

If you can put any or all of these 5 strategies into effect then you will have very effective rapid weight loss diet plan and be well on your way to achieving your weight loss goals in record time.

Finding the Motivation to Start Working Out Again

What do you do when you lose your momentum and can’t bring yourself to do your workouts? Recently I was asked if the honest admission that you are getting overweight could be the “jump start” that gets you going?

My answer? Yes, indeed, this would probably do it, although the real trick is to make this honest admission at a time wherein it is possible for you to do a workout.


In other words, say you get out of bed not having worked out for several weeks. Or for several months. Then say, as you shower, you experience the early morning clarity of a shower talk. You know. The kinds of talks you have with yourself wherein you process the urges to better yourself still ringing in your head from sleep.

During this pep talk with yourself then, say you hear your mental mind telling you how much you want to get back to your fitness routine. Of course, then you might hear your physical mind saying, ugh, I know. I should, but . . . blah, blah, blah. After which your mental mind chimes in with, “where would I possibly find the time to workout anyway.” Body / mind connection at it’s finest, eh?

On the other hand, these kinds of mind / body arguments can often be the momentum-building spring boards which can return you to a healthy mind / body life. Not only to a healthy fitness plan mind you, but also to just about any segment of life wherein you’ve lost your momentum. Education. Time with your kids. Hobbies. Whatever. All can be helped by a positive shower talk.

My point here is though that if you have this shower talk with yourself and then go directly from your shower to a workout, you may indeed succeed. Yes, your mind will tell you, you are crazy. However, if it works, don’t fix it. Just do it.

The thing to keep in mind then is to “strike while the iron is hot.” And this is true for all things, but especially true for attempts to regain momentum in stressful activities such as working out.