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    By Travis Steffen on Sunday, October 11, 2009in Muscle & Bodybuilding  

    Have you been lifting weights for a while and find your still not gaining muscle?  Here is a little something you can add into your workout routines if  you want to improve your results.  Often this will be over looked by new gym goers, as they turn to the pros for answers.  Unfortunately that approach doesn’t work, as you still need to get the basics right.  Yes, even lifting weights has “basics”  and until you can get these right and train this way, there is no point attempting the more advanced stuff…

    Compound Exercises

    These are exercises that involve  many muscle groups in the process of large movements such as barbell squats, bench press, inverted rows, etc.  You see, its not just one muscle being trained like it is in an isolation exercise, such as a Barbell Curl.  By training numerous muscle groups from the start of your gym life, you are much more likely to build a good foundation of muscular strength and stability for when your ready to move on to the more advanced stuff.

    And I know what you must be thinking right now…”But how will I  build up my massive guns?”

    Think of it like this.  Your muscles during exercise are like a piece string under tension.  The string will only ever break at its thinnest point, much like how ur smallest muscles will always fatigue first.  (Think of how sore your forearms get!)

    So its important to know that during compound exercises your always working ALL the muscles involved in that movement. Even your abs!

    Once you get some good stability and strength behind you, then its time to look towards the advanced exercises for creating muscular symmetry and proportion.

    This style of training is a great way for building muscle mass and just getting to know your way around the gym.

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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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