Muscle Building – Avoid these Muscle Building Mistakes
Muscle building is not rocket science. It only takes a solid understanding of the different philosophies that surround muscle building as a whole, from building muscle for aesthetics to building muscle for power and endurance. Yet, people who’re new to the world of muscle building fall prey to several mistakes that would hinder them from getting the physique they want or even hinder them from breaking their plateaus. Let’s face it, we all make (or made) the following mistakes as first-time gym goers. Even superstars like Arnold fell for these mistakes.
So what are the things that you shouldn’t do when building muscle?
1.) Sticking with the same program – When your gym instructor gives you a program for the first time, it doesn’t mean that you have to follow it for the rest of your life. It’s not about the kind of workout you do, but what you work with. If you constantly use low weights at high reps, you’ll get nowhere. If you take the same program with the same workout, but add in periodization and overloading principle, you’ll find that your program will be a lot more effective. It doesn’t hurt to shift or cycle to another program months later.
2.) Ignoring form – Form matters a lot when you want to build muscle. People cheat in order to complete a set or rep, but this doesn’t really help them gain any muscle mass. Sure, you pressed 100kgs but if you did it at half ROM or range of motion, you’re better off with doing push-ups. Form is also critical when it comes to avoiding injury, like squatting with your toes facing forward or deadlifting with an arched back.
3.) Ignoring diet – Diet is something that’s important to proper muscle development. If you lift weights, but drink alcohol every night and eat junk food every single hour, your progress is halted. As most of the bodybuilders would say, you grow outside the gym. This means that you need to eat the right kinds of food if you really want your muscles to grow. This is also important if you are looking to get ripped or shredded.
4.) Isolation over compound – If you focus too much on isolation exercises, you won’t be making too much progress. Think of it as taking baby steps towards your goals. Rather, you should focus more on compound exercise because they work different muscle groups at the same time. Compound exercises like bench press work the chest, bicep, back, and triceps, while squats work the back, shoulder, quads, and hamstring.
When you want to build muscle the right way, you need to avoid these mistakes.