Hello and welcome to my blog, todays post is going to teach you what you need to know to get big and strong. A lot of people underestimate how important diet is in gaining muscle mass, therefore I will be covering both training and nutrition (without boring you with too much detail).
Firstly we will be looking at your nutrition, you need to be consuming more calroies than you burn in order to gain weight. However, too many excess calories and you’re looking at fat rather than muscle gain. In order to prevent this follow the reasonably simple formula or click the button at the end if ghis article to have this done for you!
Of course the quality of the food consumed is important as 2000kcal of chocolate and crisps will affect your body differently to 2000kcal of chicken, rice and vegetables. Follow these basic guidlines to maximise your success in gaining muslce:
You can also have your macronutrients calculated (link here) to ensure you are having the correct amount of protein, carbohydrates and fats. This will allow you to gain maximum muscle mass with minimal fat gain.
For size gains (which is understandably what the majority of indivduals are after) training in the 8-12 rep range works best. Three to four sets (depending on the size of the muscle group) for 8 to 12 reps is a good starting point. For someone starting out with weight training compound movements (which require movement at multiple joints) work best for fast results.
See this sample beginner workout below:
*Assisted if necessary. Please visit my youtube channel to see demonstrations of all the exercises.
This workout should be done three times weekly with at least one day in between. To prevent boredom and maximize progress a workout should be repeated six times. For further beginner workout programmes or a custom plan visit the 'Fitness Services' icon at the top of the page.
Three Bonus Tips To Gain Muscle:
1) Progressive Overload
Moving heavier loads over time, you can also increase the reps and sets.
To build muscles after 'damaging' them in the gym. Shoot for 2g per kg of body weight.
A tough one I know, but aim for 6-8 hours per night.
By Laura Ciotte PT
Laura is a personal trainer from Worthing, she specialises in fat loss for busy people.
Laura Ciotte is a personal trainer and tutor/assessor for trainee personal trainers. She is based in Worthing, West Sussex and likes travelling, motorbikes and good food.
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