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  • 9 Ways to Gain Muscle

    By Travis Steffen on Tuesday, October 20, 2009in Muscle & Bodybuilding  

    It’s common knowledge that if you want to lose weight you must decrease your calories consumed and increase your calories burned.¬† However, not everyone is aware that the opposite applies for muscle building.¬†¬† *Gasp* :o

    So if building big guns is your game, then here are 9 ways to gain muscle…

    1. Eat More – Start reading food labels to get a sense of how many calories you’re already eating. Then add 500 to that number and start eating that many calories every day.¬† Aim for 1 gram of protein per kg of body weight.

    2. Limit Cardio- Do up to two days of light jogging on the treadmill, but keep it to around 30 minutes per session.¬† You don’t want to burn away the precious calories necessary for building muscle.

    3. Stay in the Rep Zone – Your reps should be between 8 and 12 per set.

    4. Use a Split Routine РUpper body one days lower body the next.  Give your muscles enough time to recover before attacking them again.  Use big compound exercises. Have a look at this post for tips.

    5. StretchStretching exercises will increase your flexibility and improve your muscle recovery.

    6. Eat Regularly – 5 or 6 small meals a day will give you the calories you need to build muscle, and the metabolism kick to keep your fat burning.

    7. Change – Change your program every 4-6 weeks so your body doesn’t have a chance to plateau

    8. Drink Shakes – Protein shakes are a great substitute to a meal, and are best consumed straight after a workout when your body is most able to absorb protein.

    9.  Recover РThis is where the magic happens.  Get at least 7-8 hours sleep each night.

    The lesson here? Get yourself a good training program.

    Seriously, if your not using a program that’s congruent to your goals, and your not getting personal 1 on 1 support…Don’t wast your time trying to build muscle. If you want to start with one – check out our Training Programs section.

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    About Travis
    Travis Steffen is a Master Trainer and founder of WorkoutBOX. After years of experience training professional athletes and thousands of others just like you, he knows exactly what it takes to get you in serious shape. Follow his expert guidance and you're guaranteed to get amazing results.
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