Use these 5 powerful tips to supercharge your weight training progress. Don’t start lifting weights before you read this!
Weight Training Tip #1 – Eat Well
When you engage in weight training it is necessary to be very intentional and consistent with your eating and meal frequency. Before you start working out, if you haven’t been doing so, make sure you eat 6 meals per day. Your body requires the necessary stored nutrients at its disposal to fuel your training and for recovery. Don’t just show up in the gym one day without thinking about nutrition! You diet is just as if not more anabolic then training.
Weight Training Tip #2 – Prepare Your Mind For Success
Packing on muscle mass is going to be hard work and you should know that up front. That is what I love about the No-Nonsense Muscle Building program. Vince doesn’t sugarcoat the fact that it’s going to require a lot of discipline, consistency, and dedication to your training and nutrition program if you want to reach your goals.
So get excited about eating and training because you are going to be building a better you. It’s as much a lifestyle change as it is building a healthier, stronger, and more muscular you. Clear any negative thoughts from your mind and start to embrace change.
It’s important that you work hard, but don’t try to rush success. Set yourself achievable goals so that when you reach your goal weight or size you are no longer doubting yourself if you can actually do it.
Weight Training Tip #3 – Strength Training The First 3 Weeks
Even if your primary goal is to gain weight and muscle mass, it would still be a good idea to engage in strength training for the first 3 weeks, lifting in the 10-12 reps range, until you have learned how to perform each exercise with proper weight lifting form. This will allow your body to build a solid foundation and help you establish muscle memory with regard to proper technique.
After 3 weeks or more of strength training you can engage in mass training, where the goal is to use a weight that is heavy enough that you can only successfully complete about 6 reps. It is a lot of hard work and you will be glad that you first took the time to build a proper foundation.
Weight Training Tip #4 – Get As Much Sleep As Your Body Needs
You are going to feel exhausted during the first few weeks of your weight training program. This is normal as an intense training program is very taxing on your body, and your system will respond to mass training by becoming bigger and stronger. Most of the muscle repair and growth takes place while you are sleeping, so make sure you listen to your body and get sufficient sleep.
Weight Training Tip #5 – Design A Solid Weight Training Program
All of your efforts may be in vain if you use an inefficient training program. There are various factors which can inhibit muscle gains, so you want to ensure every component of your weight training program is designed to achieve your desired results. Here are a few things to keep in mind if you design a weight training program that will build muscle yourself.