I often wonder how guys were even able to workout before internet training forums were around. I mean if you can't visit 469 different message boards per day and post your muscle building workout in order to get the approval from at least half the world's population before hitting the gym that day how could you ever make progress? It's bewildering to me.
Or where would the variety in your training come from? Everyone knows the fastest way to make gains is to mindlessly, blindly and without reason switch on a monthly basis from the Russian Pyramid Scheme to Indonesian Drop Sets to Hungarian Hypertrophy Training to German Volume Training and so on and so on. Right?
Oh, the insanity…
There are a few very important factors that need to be remembered if you are interested in muscle building.
You have to be willing to put in the time and pay your dues. You have to pick a plan and stick with it. Results won't come overnight. You have to be patient and consistent. If you are trying to get bigger and stronger you have to add weight to the bar; AS OFTEN AS POSSIBLE. You have to eat way beyond the point of being uncomfortable. I'm talking about having a fork in your mouth for the majority of your waking hours. There are some guys who will argue that you can gain size on a caloric intake at or slightly above maintenance. They will talk about "dry muscle" and other nonsense. This is good advice to follow if you want to remain a pencil necked geek forever. If you want to gain size as rapidly as humanly possible you have to eat inordinate amounts of food and lift incredibly heavy weights. There is no way around it.
If you don't want to get fat in the process you should do cardio, time your carb intake and make healthy food choices. Although the truth of the matter is if you allow yourself to get fat while getting bigger you will reach your goal faster. More calories, more weight gain and better leverages to lift heavier poundages will lead to faster hypertrophy gains. It won't be the prettiest look in the world but you can slowly diet the extra fat off later. That's the fastest way. I'm not saying it's the most attractive option for everyone. But you'll get big and strong in a hurry. If you try to stay under 8% bodyfat year round while trying to gain size, you're going to be in for a long battle ahead.
Decide what it is that you really want to accomplish with your training and do it. Don't over analyze everything because I can promise you that you'll never get anywhere. Don't question it. Don't think about it. Just pick a solid, proven training plan that has a good track record of success and stick with it. For at least 8 weeks. Don't ask everyone you meet what they think of your training program or what they are doing. Just commit to making the fastest gains possible in the next 8 weeks, train hard and heavy, eat a lot and you'll be blown away by the progress you can make when you actually believe in yourself and what you are doing.
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