More tips on how to build muscle the right way… read on!
DON’T BE DEPENDENT ON THE WEIGHT BELT
A weight belt is good if you are going for maximum weight such as while doing the squats, deadlifts and overhead press. But if you’re not then being dependent on a weight belt just weakens your abdominal muscles and lower back muscle. Don’t use one, unless you really need the support.
STRETCHING NOT JUST FOR SUPPLENESS, BUT FOR STRENGTH!
Stop and stretch between your sets – women are good at stretching, but how many men have you seen actually doing this? Well, the latest clinical data shows that folks who did this increased their strength by 20 percent.
Get your muscles back into tip-top form and action after a hard workout by lightly exercising the same muscles the following day. Use a light weight, around 20 percent of the weight you can lift one time, and do two sets of 20 repetitions. This will deliver more blood and nutrients into your muscles so they repair faster.
And we are not talking about supplements here. Just good old-fashioned MEAT. Eat meat, 500 – 800gm to grow more muscle. A study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition showed that in two groups (one who ate meat and one that didn’t), both groups grew stronger, but only the carnivores gained significant muscle. Chicken, beef, pork and fish are great sources. And don’t forget that chocolate milk, immediately post workout.
IF YOU’RE SICK, STOP
Don’t exercise when you’re ill, unless your symptoms are above the neck, i.e. head cold, sore throat etc. Don’t be afraid to take a day off as your body needs to use its resources to heal itself. If you’re trying to use all your energy building muscle, it will leave nothing for your immunity, and you will probably do more harm than good.