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Top Tips For Building Bigger Muscles

Jul 4, 2012

Not everyone at the gym is looking to slim down or lose weight. Some of us are looking to bulk up and build bigger muscles. The right fitness plan is critical for getting that bodybuilder physique you’ve always been looking for. Make sure that your daily workout routine includes the right elements for muscle-building success!

  • Complete your workout in the right order. Start with the dumbbells, then move to barbells, and save the machines for last. Why? Your smaller muscles, which stabilize your body, fatigue more quickly. You’ll use them most with the dumbbells, less with the barbells, and least with the machines; after all, machines have some built-in support for your body already.
  • Do the moves you hate! Often we dislike certain moves because they’re more difficult for us…which means we really need them even more. By focusing more on exercises and activities that are more challenging for you, you’ll strengthen that weak spot faster than ever.
  • Work your back even harder. Whenever you’re working out your back (think lat pulldowns), keep your thumb next to your index finger. That tiny changes forces your body to do less work with the arms—and more with the back. A secondary benefit to a stronger back: your whole body will feel more stable during other exercises and activities.
  • Approach your leg workout differently. Remember that your calves are actually made up of two different muscles, not just one. To get the results you want, you’ll have to work both. The best way to do this is to do both the bent- and straight-legged versions of your leg exercises. Calf raises are a terrific place to start.
  • Leave the weight belt at home. Sure, you started using the belt to give your back more support. But over time, your body comes to rely on that belt—which means your abs and back don’t get the workout they need and can even weaken over time. Save the weight belt for the really intense lifting, like dead lifts, squats, and overhead presses.
  • Bend just a little…When you work your biceps, bend your wrists just a little bit. Like moving your thumb when you work your back, bending the wrists changes the way your muscles engage. When you do bicep curls, bend your wrists backward just a bit, and hold them there as you complete your set.
  • Take advantage of your anatomy. Each muscle has an opposing muscle. When you work one, the opposing muscle is forced to relax. You can use this to your benefit by creating “forced rests” for your muscles. Work one muscle, say, your biceps, and follow that by working the opposing muscle (here, the triceps). It’ll be just enough rest for your muscle to recover before you move on to the next move.

If you’re looking to add more muscle mass, talk to a qualified personal trainer. He or she can put together a safe, effective workout routine that will help you reach your fitness goals.

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