Best Kept Secrets of Bodybuilding
The only way that you are going to gain muscle and lose fat is with strategic planning, concerted effort and dedication. But this is no big secret just as the proven principal of progressive resistance is no big secret. This article is going to be outlining the biggest secrets to gain muscle and lose fat.
The first one that we are going to cover is the granddaddy secret of them all. If you could get a dime for every person who gave up weight training because of over-training, you would quite possibly be the richest man in the world. Learn a lesson from one of the best Mr. Olympia Lee Haneyn.
He won Mr. Olympia 8 times and without a doubt one of the best bodybuilders that ever lived. But still most bodybuilders end up doing more sets and reps in their weight training than he was. Lee Haney believes that you should strive to, "Stimulate the muscle, don't annihilate it."
Once a muscle has been thoroughly stimulated, more sets and reps will just retard growth. Great bodybuilders like Lee Haney limit the number of sets and reps per workout, this makes it easier to target your specified muscle and enhance its overall potential.
Too many bodybuilders are guilty of "over-training." Most weight lifters just go into the gym and do countless exercises per muscle group and never give a thought to what-or-why they train the way they do.
To stimulate muscle growth pick 1 or 2 basic exercises per muscle group and perform 4 to 6 all out hard work sets for each exercise. Rep range should be between 6 to 20 reps with all the weight you can safely handle. You should train like this a maximum of 4 times a week and no more.
The next big bodybuilding secret is something very simple that you have heard a thousand times before. "Heavy Basic Exercises Build Big Muscles!" This means that doing countless sets of concentrated dumbbell curls, preacher curls, cable curls and incline dumbbell curls will not produce half the results that a 6 set weight pyramid of all-out 6 to 20 reps Olympic barbell standing curls will.
This can be applied to any body-part from squats to bench-press, if you want to gain muscle you simply have to go back to the basics. The basics will get you strong and the result will get you more muscle it is as simple as that and there is no way around it.
The last bodybuilding secret covered in this article is also something obvious that you have heard before. "Eat Like A Bodybuilder To Look Like A Bodybuilder." This means taking a close look at your important food groups which are protein, carbs and fat.
You need to know where they come from, how to get the best quality and eat at least 6 times a day. This does not mean getting all caught up with the latest supplements or anything fancy. It just means planning ahead and getting your meals prepared before you leave home.