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The Truth About Building Muscle
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- Copyright & Disclaimer Before beginning any new exercise, nutrition or dietary supplement program you should consult a physician first. The information presented herein is not meant to treat or prevent any disease or to provide the reader with medical advice. If you are looking for specific medical advice then you should obtain this information from a licensed health-care practitioner. This publication is intended for informational use only. Sean Nalewanyj and www.MuscleGainTruth.com will not assume any liability or be held responsible for any form of injury, personal loss or illness caused by the utilization of this information. The individual results obtained from the use of this program will vary from person to person and we make no guarantee as to the degree of results that you will personally achieve. This publication is fully copyrighted and does not come with giveaway or resale rights. You may not sell or redistribute this report. It is reserved solely for MuscleGainTruth.com members. Copyright and illegal distribution violations will be prosecuted. © 2007 - www.MuscleGainTruth.com - All Rights Reserved
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Table Of Contents
Table Of Contents
Chapter 1: Introduction Chapter 2: The Muscle-Building Philosophy
Why Do Muscles Grow? Intensity and Progression Why Less is More
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Chapter 3: Structuring The Perfect Workout
The 3 Components Of A Successful Workout The 5 x 5 Warmup Pre-Workout Stretching The Hypertrophy Phase Duration Volume Exercise Selection Machine or Free-weights? Resting Between Sets Ideal Rep Range Rep Speed Proper Breathing The Cool Down Phase Frequency Taking 1 Week Off Total-Body Training Leg Training Arm Training Strength Imbalances Lifting Straps Socializing Choosing a Training Partner
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Chapter 4: Optimum Muscle-Building Nutrition
Anabolism Vs. Catabolism 5-7 Meals Per Day Calories Protein Carbohydrates Glycemic Index Chart Fiber Fats Water Alcohol
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Chapter 5: Supplementing For Massive Gains
Protein Supplements Whey Protein Meal Replacement Powders Protein Bars Creatine Glutamine Multivitamins Essential Fatty Acids CLA N02 ZMA Tribulus Caffeine HMB Methoxy Taurine BCAA's Chromium Picolinate Citrulline Ecdysterone Myostatin Blockers Tyrosine Carnitine
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Chapter 6: Critical Feeding Times
Morning Nutrition Pre-Workout Nutrition Post-Workout Nutrition Pre-Bedtime Nutrition
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Chapter 7: Muscle-Building Myths Uncovered
Chapter 8: Proper Rest & Recovery
Sleep Injury Prevention Taking Time Off Training With An Injury Training When You're Sick Taking a Day Off
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Chapter 9: Closing Words
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Sitting comfortably in my reclining leather computer chair. 2007 . Never-Before Seen. Underground Anabolic Muscle-Growth Breakthrough!" Uh huh.The Truth About Building Muscle Chapter 1: Introduction Chapter 1: Introduction Here's the scenario… It's late at night.MuscleGainTruth. I'd been involved in the bodybuilding and fitness scene long enough to pinpoint a false promise when I saw one. so I decide it's time to re-stock. sitting at my computer desk. Underground Muscle-Growth Secrets That Will Literally Force Your Body into Anabolic Overdrive And Will Allow You To Gain 30 Pounds of Steroid-Like. It's been a long day.com . so I decide to stay up and surf the web for a little while longer. and I'm feeling pretty relaxed with my headphones on and a nice glass of ice water to my left. I cruise on over to my favourite online supplement store. I toss 3 bottles into my online shopping cart and pay the imaginary clerk with a few clicks of my mouse (isn't the Internet great?). I'm about to leave. I finish answering the remainder of my emails and have successfully completed my list of tasks for the night. yeah.. but on the way out something catches my eye. The title reads: "Renegade Bodybuilding Guru Discovers Revolutionary. right. Most of the neighbourhood is asleep. I'm not feeling super-tired just yet. but I'm still awake. My supply of multivitamins is getting low.. Rock Solid Muscle Mass in 30 Days or Less!" I can't help but chuckle to myself as I read though the page. *Loading Homepage* The title at the top reads: "Learn The Shocking. I decide to pay this website a visit just out of plain curiosity. Never-Before-Seen. It's a banner advertisement for an online bodybuilding program.All Rights Reserved Page 5 of 229 .www.
As I get farther and farther down the page. What is he doing that is so terrible? Well. The "me" of years back. that is. A giant "Click Here To Order!" link is sprawled across the middle of the page. skinny and unconfident person who couldn't stand looking at his body in the mirror. the humour that I once saw turns to contempt. I do quietly admit that this fellow is quite the online salesman. After countless hours of research. The website is extremely well organized and put together.com . entertaining and witty. He's lying. didn't like going to the beach.The Truth About Building Muscle Chapter 1: Introduction Although I'm fully aware that this website is nothing more than. I quickly realize that there are probably quite a large number of people falling for this scam. The me of years back wouldn't take his shirt off. and I become quite angry at the thought of it. a giant load of B. 2007 . he gained enough confidence and courage to make a change. it was actually very straightforward. I scroll down the page and begin reading through the sales letter. I realize that the people who are buying into this far-fetched marketing hype are people just like me. The me of years back would have done anything to become bigger. Who is the "me" of years back? I'll tell you who. In fact. the most important thing he came to realize was that building muscle was NOT as complicated as all of the so-called “gurus” were making it out to be. He's lying straight through his teeth. stronger and more muscular. and he's taking people's hardearned money in the process.MuscleGainTruth. The me of years back was a weak. and walked around with the painful self-conscious awareness of being the "skinny" kid. well. I start to feel frustrated with the incredibly misleading message he's putting across and the false-hope that he is pounding into his readers' brains. Eventually.S. but he didn't know where to start or whose information to trust. He began by dedicating every ounce of his energy toward literally consuming and digesting every piece of available bodybuilding literature he could find. His writing style is equally as impressive.All Rights Reserved Page 6 of 229 . but also very convincing.www.
and didn't once look back. I took my headphones off.All Rights Reserved Page 7 of 229 . At the top of the page.MuscleGainTruth. Some of them would achieve impressive results and would be able to confidently say that the effort they put in was proportionate to the changes they saw in the mirror.The Truth About Building Muscle Chapter 1: Introduction There were no magical routines or secret supplements. So here I was." I started thinking deeply. I wrote… 2007 . It's because the world of bodybuilding information is corrupt. Most others would lift until they were blue in the face. all it took was the consistent application of a few proven. fancy.com . most others) would not find the same success. Never-Before Seen. secret musclegrowth pills. hopelessly tossing weights around. would battle through the sometimes unbearable burn of contracting muscle fiber. Underground Anabolic Muscle-Growth Breakthrough!" That's why. He then put his newly gained knowledge to use. 80 pounds of solid body weight heavier. I double clicked the "Microsoft Word" icon sitting on my desktop. Angry. I shut my door. basic principles. bold writing. desperately plugging away in gyms the world over. I pulled my chair up extra close to my keyboard. would literally dedicate every inch of their being to packing on some new muscle weight.www. reading about this so-called "bodybuilding guru" and his "Anabolic Muscle-Growth Breakthrough Program. I envisioned all of the aspiring muscle-builders out there. and at the end of the day their mirrored reflection would remain the same. searching for that "magical" formula that would yield massive muscle gains. in big. How can this be? "Renegade Bodybuilding Guru Discovers Revolutionary. frustrated and motivated to change this. Many others (actually. Good old-fashioned hard work. patience and perseverance in the gym has been taken over. and I began to type. sitting in the dark. attacked and destroyed by an over abundance of miracle programs. chrome gym equipment and straight-up lies.
I started writing. I added. By Sean Nalewanyj. I can assure you this: there is something here for everyone. gain strength. I edited. And then I wrote some more.com . I went to bed that night. Do you want to learn the truth about building muscle? Well. I wrote. here it is… 2007 . and some of it may be completely new to you. I revised. and I began writing once again.All Rights Reserved Page 8 of 229 . and wrote.www. The goal of this book is to put the muscle-building process into perspective and to provide people with a simple. and wrote some more.` Whether you're fat. and accomplish all of this as quickly as your body will allow. I woke up. Regardless of what you currently know or don't know. skinny or just somewhere in between.MuscleGainTruth. I took away. you will safely and efficiently build muscle. the basic muscle-building methods still remain the same. Some of this information you may already know.The Truth About Building Muscle Chapter 1: Introduction The Truth About Building Muscle. and wrote and wrote some more. What you're about to read is the bare-bones truth. A year later I was finally finished. step-by-step system based on logical. burn excess body fat. Quite the contrary. proven principles. Using this program. I wrote. biological jargon to make this program sound "high-tech" or "revolutionary". I'm not going to purposely fill your head with all sorts of scientific. actually.
building muscle is simple. They'll laugh." By the time you finish reading through this book. This book will become a part of them. witty jokes and flawless University level English. you'll realize just how straightforward it really is. Discard what is not.com . it's because the information that I'm getting ready to write about is nothing special or super-exciting to begin with. I'm not going to try and dazzle you with fancy words like "protein mRNA transcription" or "muscle sarcomere hypertrophy. searching for that perfect combination of words and phrases to fully encapsulate everything that this book is about.MuscleGainTruth. clever. I'm going to teach you everything you need to know. that's exactly what I'm going to do. plain and simple. this book is really going to be something. As Bruce Lee said… "Absorb what is useful. And when it finally makes sense to you. I'm thinking to myself. My goal in writing this book is to make things simpler for you. 2007 . By time they finish reading. not more complicated.www. So." That was me 10 minutes ago. Whoever is reading this is going to be absolutely captivated. I realize that I can't accomplish this. they'll be so absolutely inspired and affected that they won't know what to do. Why not? Well." I'm not going to write every sentence with plays on words. "wow.All Rights Reserved Page 9 of 229 . 10 minutes later.The Truth About Building Muscle Chapter 1: Introduction The Real Introduction I've been sitting here for a quite a while trying to think of a clever way to kick off this book. I've been exploring deep and into the farthest corners of my brain. and nothing more. Everything you need to know. the concept of building muscle size and strength will make sense. Contrary to what most people believe. They'll cry.
which foods to eat and which ones to avoid.www. however. The seemingly endless heap of bodybuilding theory and science makes it nearly impossible to differentiate between the good information and the bad information. The problem is that since there is such an enormous amount of muscle-building information out there. from books to magazines to the Internet.com . understanding the basic guidelines to increased muscle mass and strength is an entirely different matter. This causes the majority of people to start off on the wrong path and waste valuable time and energy in the process. but learning the proper methods and techniques to gaining muscular size is actually fairly straightforward. I mean. right? Wrong! It continues to amaze me how misguided the majority of people are when it comes to gaining muscular size.All Rights Reserved Page 10 of 229 . The list goes on and on until you are eventually led to believe that building muscle is an infinitely complex process involving rocket science precision and an intimate understanding of human physiology. there is a lot of bad information out there. you'd probably think I was crazy.The Truth About Building Muscle Chapter 1: Introduction I'm not saying that it's easy. What would you think if I told you that the basic principles for gaining muscle size and strength are the same today as they were back in the 1950's.MuscleGainTruth. which exercises work and which ones don't. It is a very difficult practice to actually execute. and believe me. it is extremely difficult for the average weightlifting beginner to know where to start. because it's so easy to get caught up in this infinite whirlwind of bodybuilding misinformation. think again. So if you are one of those people who has fallen victim to muscle magazines and socalled "miracle supplements". 2007 . 40's and even 30's? Well. that's what it takes to build muscle. The reality of it all is that this ultimate goal is much more straightforward than most people make it. No one can blame them. It's so easy to get confused of this routine or that routine. Building muscle is not a complicated process.
While some areas of bodybuilding (such as proper nutrition and supplementation) have allowed today's lifters to make faster gains than those who trained years before. 2007 .com . Although I know this probably isn't true. The first thing we must do as an opening to this book is to cleanse your mind of every piece of inaccurate bodybuilding information you have learned up to this point. This way we can work with a clean slate and you can be completely open to what I tell you. just accept the above statement as if it were the complete and total truth. However. The principles outlined in this book are aimed at average people with average genetics that are looking to pack on the greatest amount of muscle that they possibly can and in the shortest period of time. super-high-tech workout machines and bogus bodybuilding magazines have blinded many of today's hopefuls and have prevented them from making the gains they deserve. Don't be angry. We must purge all of the unnecessary nonsense that is confusing you and pushing you farther from your goals rather than closer to them.The Truth About Building Muscle Chapter 1: Introduction It would seem obvious that with all of the rapid advances in sports science and workout techniques things could only be getting better.MuscleGainTruth. I can literally feel your musclebuilding hunger oozing through these pages. a lot of areas have actually gone downhill. some people do achieve impressive gains in muscle mass and strength using their own unorthodox methods.www.All Rights Reserved Page 11 of 229 . Fancy chrome gyms. but these are simply the people who have superior muscle building genetics and will grow no matter how they train. And I know how hungry for success you are right now. that's better. if you look a little bit closer at the overall idea behind building muscle." Yes. you will quickly discover that this is not the case. and may come as a bit of an insult: YOU DON'T KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT BUILDING MUSCLE! There. You should not be asking questions such as "why can't I do this?" or "the huge guy at my gym said to do this.
I am here to equip you with what I believe to be the absolute best muscle-building techniques available so that your hard work and perseverance pays off in its fullest.All Rights Reserved Page 12 of 229 .MuscleGainTruth.com .www. and I want you all to follow the same path that I did… 2007 . and that's what I am here to help you accomplish. Anyone who is willing to make that commitment and put their body to the test deserves success.The Truth About Building Muscle Chapter 1: Introduction Are you ready to set all of your fears and inhibitions aside? Are you ready to take your body to limits you never thought possible? Are you ready to blast your entire body into a gigantic spurt of muscular growth? Are you ready to finally be happy with your reflection in the mirror? Perfect! That's what I love to hear. and so that all of your muscle-building goals are met. I can completely relate to anyone who is new to the weightlifting scene.
even though I knew what was hiding underneath. "why can't I just be average?" Forget about being huge and muscular. unhappy and unsatisfied. but it didn't matter. and the profound effect it had on my self esteem and on my outlook on life. If there was anything in my life that I wanted to change. and before I ever picked up a dumbbell I was nothing more than an average skinny guy with a far-off fantasy of being huge. I didn't like taking my shirt off or going to the beach because I was embarrassed about my weight and was afraid of being looked down on.The Truth About Building Muscle Chapter 1: Introduction A Little Bit About Myself My name is Sean. I felt so weak and small compared to everyone around me. I was absolutely sick and tired of being so preoccupied with my scrawny little body and decided that I could no longer continue this way.MuscleGainTruth. something inside my head just sort of snapped. doing everything I could to avoid showing people my body. I could remember the jokes and insults that I endured from my classmates. I started thinking really deeply about how badly I wanted to become bigger. stronger and more muscular. In my mind I was nothing. Maybe I wasn't as small as I imagined. and all my life it had taken a toll on my confidence and on the way that I viewed things. it was that. I did the whole "hiding behind baggy clothes" trick that most skinny guys do.All Rights Reserved Page 13 of 229 .www. I was never happy with my body. I would always whine and complain to myself thinking. and that I could never achieve true happiness until I looked the way that I wanted to look. I realized that there was no reason to continue living my life this way.com . I thought back to the seemingly endless days where I walked around with my confidence in the dumps. As I was looking in the mirror. 2007 . I just wanted to feel like I wasn't a toothpick compared to everyone else! Then one day it hit me.
I started envisioning what my new body would look like: ripped. 2007 . That night I began researching. There is nothing more to it than that. If I truly wanted to be happy with my body then quite clearly the only way of accomplishing that would be to use my own power to change it. how much work it would take or how much pain and discomfort I would have to endure.com . I took the leap of faith and made the conscious decision to change. there is a lot of bodybuilding information out there. This was it. The key for me was to differentiate between the good information and the bad information. I envisioned the attention I would get from women and could hear them saying "flex your arm for me!" I thought about how amazing it would feel to put on a tshirt and feel the sleeves hugging my newly developed arms.www. I was going to prove everyone wrong and show them exactly what I was made of. I decided that no matter how hard it would be. but eventually I was able to narrow it down far enough to figure out what worked and what didn't. Once I was able to create a clear mental image of the body that I wanted to achieve and could literally feel success at my fingertips. I read anything and everything I could get my hands on to find out what the absolute best methods of building muscle were. my mind took a 180-degree turn.All Rights Reserved Page 14 of 229 . I had made the decision and there was no turning back.MuscleGainTruth. A lot of my earlier days were a complete trial and error process.The Truth About Building Muscle Chapter 1: Introduction In that very moment. I literally spent hours each day soaking up every piece of bodybuilding literature I could find. and let me tell you. I would achieve my goal of becoming huge and muscular. I imagined the startled looks on my friends' faces as they stared in disbelief at my new physique. muscular and defined. I was really going to do this. and then put it to use.
Well. I am able to wake up everyday. I was actually able to look in the mirror and see my muscles becoming larger and more defined as each week passed. which.The Truth About Building Muscle Chapter 1: Introduction The thing that I came to realize most from all of my research and training experience was that building muscle was actually pretty straightforward. You only live once. if applied consistently. knowing that I was able to change my body through my own effort and determination. No matter where I go or what I do. produced amazing results.com . Not only that. and there is no reason to continue living your life unhappy with the way you look. I now weigh in at a lean and muscular 195 pounds. just a few basic principles. and I had gained 12 pounds. My arms had also increased by an inch. I knew I was hooked for life. That's the beauty of it. but my friends and family were beginning to take notice as well. I realized that there were no top-secret routines or magical supplements. and is something that you must accomplish in order to understand. I cannot even begin to describe the feeling of transforming my physique from weak and skinny to strong and muscular as a result of my own hard work and perseverance. 2007 . The feeling was surreal. As soon as those first 10 pounds came.All Rights Reserved Page 15 of 229 . look in the mirror and be overcome with a feeling of pride. and without the use of steroids. I could not believe that I was actually beginning to see and feel a difference in my body. I get comments from people all the time who cannot believe the gains I was able to make in such a short time. I am always able to walk around with my head held high.MuscleGainTruth. To go from being thin and underweight to having people asking me for bodybuilding advice is a feeling that can only be experienced to understand. what are you waiting for? The world is full of people with unrealized potential. The satisfaction of reaching your goals is a feeling unlike any other. A couple of months went by.www. My life has completely changed for the better now that I have pursued bodybuilding.
The job of this book is to deliver the truth. workout gismo or miracle pill that tries to portray the muscle-building process as a walk in the park is simply misleading you and trying to steal your money. Any advertisement you read for a book. and when you are happy with your body. 2007 . magazine. has the potential to do it. Reaching your goal of bigger. and you can't not be successful. then go out and get it! I have no sympathy for a person who wants to accomplish something. and is something that you must be willing to face and conquer. Let's put all the pissing and moaning aside and get to work. I won't lie to you. "Building muscle is one of the simplest things to understand but one of the most difficult to implement. The truth is that building a significant amount of muscle is a difficult task. You have all of the power you need to change buried inside of you.All Rights Reserved Page 16 of 229 . and will require you to face large amounts of physical discomfort in the gym and to constantly feed yourself with proper nutrients. over and over and over again.com . week in and week out. stronger muscles is simply a matter of having the right knowledge (the reason you bought this book in the first place).The Truth About Building Muscle Chapter 1: Introduction Your body is what houses your entire being. You really do have the potential to do this." It's so true.MuscleGainTruth. but chooses not to. All you must do is realize that potential and then put it to use. and then systematically applying it. Let's stop wishing we were muscular.www. Combine that with patience (Rome was not built in a day) and perseverance. it is very hard work. I heard a quote once and it said. If you truly want something. and get muscular. that feeling of satisfaction and pride will carry over to every other aspect of your life. I mean seriously. let's make it count this time. Building muscle is hard! Anyone who tries to tell you otherwise is a straight up liar.
train 2 hours a day. easy-to-understand lesson plan. supplementation.MuscleGainTruth.The Truth About Building Muscle Chapter 1: Introduction It is all too common to see those who go to the gym for a few months and then simply quit. Why? Because I am going to show you exactly what you need to know to get the best results you possibly can. 6 days a week. One of the biggest reasons for this is that most people don't really know what they're doing. You won't have to endure a strung-out trial and error process or waste any of your valuable time on routines and diet plans that simply do not work. They read some bogus routine in their favourite muscle magazine. the most efficient workout techniques. 2007 . and soon enough they give up for good. By the end of this book you'll know exactly what you need to do to build the greatest amount of lean muscle mass that you possibly can and in the shortest period of time. and then can't figure out why they aren't getting results. I will literally save you hundreds of hours of painstaking research and will lay the entire muscle building process out for you in a simple.All Rights Reserved Page 17 of 229 . training intensity. This is also what makes reaching your bodybuilding goals such a huge taste of victory. you're sticking it out and becoming the best that you possibly can. From there on it will simply be a matter of executing the knowledge that you have gained.com . proper nutrition. knowing that while others are failing and giving in to laziness. They end up tired and frustrated with little to nothing to show for their efforts.www. You will learn in detail about all of the most important principles when it comes to building muscle such as overload and progression. and that is the hardest part by far. recovery. By reading this book you will have a very significant edge over those who choose to go about it their own way. I would guess that around 95% of people who embark on the journey to physical greatness fall far short of what they had hoped to accomplish. Don't become a statistic! Become a success story! The beauty of it is that all of your passion and drive for success can be put to the best use possible. and everything in between.
There is absolutely no room for giving in and slacking. So instead of throwing in the white towel and giving up. I remembered staring in the mirror. Take the leap of faith. and is the only attitude that guarantees success. Right now. that you will dig down deep and press forward. I transformed my body through week after week and month after month of the same repetitive application of a few basic principles. This is the same attitude you must apply. the journey got hard. or how tempted you are to give up. and without passion you have nothing. give you a flawless workout schedule. Yes. set you up with a highly-effective diet plan and motivate the hell out of you.The Truth About Building Muscle Chapter 1: Introduction You can have all the knowledge in the world but without the ability and inner-strength to apply that knowledge you will get nowhere. 2007 . I can fill your head with all of the best muscle-building information possible. and there were times when I thought about packing it in. I pressed forward and continued with my hard work. In the end it all comes back to you. All I can say is that giving up would have been the worst decision I ever made. Get that dream body that you deserve. It's all about passion.www. you must make yourself a promise. but without 100% passion on your part you will not make the gains you are looking for. You must promise yourself that no matter how difficult your journey gets (believe me. Make a change.com . So before we get started on the “knowledge” portion of this book. This is the only way that you will truly reach your goal of increased muscle mass and strength. you must promise yourself that you will succeed at all costs. and very fast.All Rights Reserved Page 18 of 229 . as you read this. Instead. it will get difficult). and to the decision that you have made. unhappy and unsatisfied with the way I looked. I reached deep within myself and remembered just how badly I wanted to succeed.MuscleGainTruth.
Starting right now.All Rights Reserved Page 19 of 229 . it is about complete domination of every situation! It is not about trying to be the best. and you have promised yourself that you will follow through. So pay close attention and let me teach you. You have made the conscious decision to change. Do you want to build some muscle? I mean. 2007 .The Truth About Building Muscle Chapter 1: Introduction Building muscle is not about working hard. and this is your chance. it is about willingly blasting your muscle fibers to their complete and utmost limits! This is it.www. do you want to build some serious muscle? Well you can.com .MuscleGainTruth. The fact that you have purchased this book tells me that you really want this and that you are willing to put in the time and effort to learn how. it is about total and utter disgust for anything else! It is not about training intensely. Let's get started.
www. What I am presenting to you is what I personally believe works best.MuscleGainTruth. pumped and ready to build some serious muscle. It is to my belief the most effective. Now. We are going to look at muscle-growth from its most basic roots. There are literally an infinite number of approaches out there. Unfortunately you'll need to spend some time learning how to build serious muscle before you attempt to do so. You would never build a house without blueprints. This book is much more than a bunch of random sets. and this situation is no different. efficient and logical approach to building maximum muscle size and strength in the shortest period of time possible. Hopefully by now you're motivated. and I base this on the following: 1) My own personal results 2) The hundreds of hours of research that I’ve conducted on the subject 3) The results that I’ve seen in others following these principles 4) The general consensus among many top level experts 5) The fact that it makes the most logical and rational sense These 5 factors combined have led me to support and preach everything that you are about to read. let me just say that I don’t claim that this is the only way to build muscle or that the principles that I outline are the be-all-end-all of the bodybuilding game.All Rights Reserved Page 20 of 229 . before we get started.The Truth About Building Muscle Chapter 2: The Muscle-Building Philosophy Chapter 2: The Muscle-Building Philosophy Okay. reps and exercises tossed together. it's time to begin.com . 2007 . and each has its own unique advantages and disadvantages. and this will allow you to see just how simple and straightforward this process really is. it is a holistic muscle-building philosophy. The purpose of this first section is to introduce you to some very important principles and ideas in an effort to mold your basic overall muscle-building approach.
and I truly do believe that. The only way that this approach will not work for you is if you don’t properly apply it. If you do properly apply it.com . consistently and with dedicated focus. It’s the most basic question one can ask. let’s get down to business! The very first thing I would like to do is talk about a very simple concept. and one that is often overlooked.The Truth About Building Muscle Chapter 2: The Muscle-Building Philosophy I can honestly say that I believe anyone who follows this program as it is outlined will see dramatic.MuscleGainTruth.www.All Rights Reserved Page 21 of 229 . impressive changes in their body. results are virtually guaranteed. So while this may not be the only successful approach to building muscle. I believe that the approach you are about to learn is without a doubt the best way. and while there may be many different approaches out there that do deliver solid results. Now that that’s out of the way. and is infinitely important to understand during your quest to increased muscle mass and strength… 2007 .
All Rights Reserved Page 22 of 229 . to tell you the truth. scientifically known as "hypertrophy".MuscleGainTruth. c) when something harms your body you feel pain. and is something that you should definitely be aware of and understand. but as far as mother nature is concerned. Now I'm not saying that's not true.com . It is the concept of muscle growth that is another matter. It's that simple. d) when you're out in the sun you acquire a tan.www. The action of muscle growth. can be viewed in exactly the same way.The Truth About Building Muscle Chapter 2: The Muscle-Building Philosophy Why Do Muscles Grow? Did you ever really think about that? Do you even know why they grow? How can one possibly put together a solid weight-training program if they do not even know the answer to this basic question? Well. because in the grand scheme of things understanding the nitty-gritty biological processes involved in muscle growth really isn’t worth your time. we are here for one thing: to stay alive and healthy so that we can pass on our DNA and procreate. Think of it this way: every single action and process that goes on within your body is centered around the ultimate goal of keeping you alive and healthy. Through thousands of years of evolution the human body has evolved and created natural alarm systems in response to stress in order to ensure our survival. Think about it: a) when you haven't eaten you feel hungry. The precise biological steps involve all kinds of complex reactions that no one has quite uncovered yet. no one really knows for sure the exact science behind muscle growth. we humans tend to think of ourselves as such incredibly important beings who are here to serve some great purpose on earth. You see. b) when you haven't drank you feel thirsty. Don't worry about that. 2007 .
Think of excess muscle tissue as one giant “body callus”.MuscleGainTruth. It's actually two separate ideas. Although you have just begun learning about the basics of muscle growth. you are voluntarily inflicting damage on your muscles by "breaking down" the fibers.com . it is already time to share with you the absolute most important principle in the entire muscle growth process. This concept is absolutely crucial to understand and implement. Since the ultimate goal is to keep you alive and healthy. It's very similar to the way that the body builds calluses on the skin from overuse.www.The Truth About Building Muscle Chapter 2: The Muscle-Building Philosophy When you go to the gym. So naturally if your workouts must be perceived by your body as a threat to its survival.All Rights Reserved Page 23 of 229 . In other words. positively critical to understand and implement if you want to see real results. you place your muscles under stress by lifting weights. The moment you leave the gym your body will begin repairing these tears. your body must perceive the work performed in the gym as a threat to its survival. This principle is what muscle growth is ultimately based upon. but they both go hand in hand. Now pay attention. Your body will perceive this as a potential threat to its survival and will react accordingly. then the more intensity you train with. and is absolutely. and you will only get the results you are looking for if it is put into practice… 2007 . Gaining muscle is all about following this law. but crucial to understand. What conclusion can we draw from this? In order for muscle growth to occur. Each repetition closer to muscular failure (the point at which your muscles “give out” and no further work can be performed despite your best efforts) creates deeper inroads into the muscle fiber and causes what are called "micro-tears". the greater results you will achieve. Micro-tears through resistance training -> Repairing of damaged muscle -> Increased size and strength as a natural evolutionary response It's a simple concept. the body will rebuild the muscles bigger and stronger in order to protect itself against a possible future threat.
MuscleGainTruth.com . I cannot possibly stress the importance of this principle enough. This law is at the very root of the muscle growth process. say it out loud 10 times so that the words are tattooed on your brain and you will not forget their importance.The Truth About Building Muscle Chapter 2: The Muscle-Building Philosophy Intensity and Progression You see those two words up above? Consider those your two new best friends. The Law of Intensity and Progression simply states that in order to build muscle. b) Progressively increase the workload from week to week by either increasing the weight lifted or the number of repetitions performed for each exercise. It is one that is often overlooked and is the main reason why most people do not see the results they are looking for. Your muscle-building success in the gym completely depends upon the law of intensity and progression. Every single thing you do in the gym should be focused around the law of intensity and progression. In fact.All Rights Reserved Page 24 of 229 . Let’s break it down… 2007 .www. 2) Progression: Consistently increasing the amount of weight lifted or the number of repetitions performed on each exercise. Let me explain this all-too-important principle. we must: a) Train with enough intensity and effort on each given set in the gym in order to trigger an adaptive growth response from the muscles. 1) Intensity: The amount of effort exerted by the muscles on each given set of each given exercise.
When you enter the gym. I should have more accurately said "100% controlled intensity". You will be putting forth a large amount of effort every time you train. in order for the muscles to grow they must perceive the stress placed upon them in the gym as a threat to their survival. you must be prepared for the inevitable discomfort that is associated with high intensity resistance training. you must train with 100% intensity. but obviously this falls within certain limits. Instead of "100% intensity". The idea of 100% intensity is simply this… Every set that you perform in the gym must be taken to the point of concentric muscular failure.The Truth About Building Muscle Chapter 2: The Muscle-Building Philosophy Intensity As I stated before. If you truly want to add a considerable amount of muscle mass to your frame.www. 2007 . The plain reality is that you will not make significant increases in muscle mass and strength unless you train at a level that is at (or very close to) your maximum potential effort. Therefore it is only logical that in order to achieve 100% of your potential growth. You began reading this book in the hopes of building some serious muscle. There is nothing more to it than that.MuscleGainTruth. such as the pressing motion of a pushup or the pulling motion of a chin-up. it should be as if you are going to war. The concentric portion is the “lifting” phase. The goal here is not to completely annihilate your body until you can't get out of bed in the morning. and now you must be prepared to do what it takes to achieve that. Side note: there are two basic phases to every exercise that you perform in the gym: the “positive” (concentric) and the “negative” (eccentric). There is absolutely no room for slacking or laziness here.com . Concentric Muscular Failure: The point at which you are unable to complete an additional positive repetition of a given exercise despite your greatest efforts.All Rights Reserved Page 25 of 229 .
your body does not want excess muscle.com . After a hard struggle you finally crank out that 5th rep. Don't you see? Muscle growth is all about adaptation to the environment. The first rep is easy to perform. the bar will not budge and another repetition cannot possibly be performed despite your greatest efforts to continue the exercise. and now you attempt a 6th rep. Remember. are talking about being unable to perform an additional positive repetition.MuscleGainTruth. as we were meant to be lean and smaller framed. Even though you are pushing as hard as you possibly can and with 100% of your effort. such as the lowering motion of a pushup or the lowering motion of a chin-up. For example. the second is a bit tougher and as you continue the set each repetition becomes increasingly harder. When we refer to “concentric muscular failure”. By the time the 5th rep comes you’re pushing with all of your strength in order to make the bar move. let’s say you’re performing a set of bench presses. you must take every single set that you perform in the gym to the point of concentric muscular failure. Why do you think it is that when a person stops training. You lower the bar back down to your chest and begin pushing.All Rights Reserved Page 26 of 229 . their excess muscle tissue is broken down for use as energy? It's because your body wants to get rid of it! My point? YOU MUST FORCE MUSCLE GROWTH UPON YOUR BODY! In doing this. This is an unnatural state. Your spotter helps you un-rack the weight and you begin your set. you will leave your body with no other choice but to increase the muscles' size and strength in order to protect them from a possible future attack. This is point cannot be overstressed! If you want a significant amount of muscle growth to occur. Your spotter helps you re-rack the weight.The Truth About Building Muscle Chapter 2: The Muscle-Building Philosophy The eccentric portion is the “lowering” phase. 2007 . Muscle is a metabolically expensive inconvenience for the body to deal with.www. You’ve just successfully trained to muscular failure.
painful environment so that they have no choice but to adapt and grow. Once you have learned the proper form for each exercise and have given your body a chance to adjust.com . It is very important that you always utilize proper form and make sure that your joints and connective tissue are not being stressed too heavily. It will also be difficult to mentally deal with the discomfort that is associated with training to failure when you first start out.The Truth About Building Muscle Chapter 2: The Muscle-Building Philosophy So put your muscles in a downright uncomfortable. but to safely push your body to its limits. If you are completely new to weight training then it will definitely be a good idea to ease yourself into the gym and gradually build up your training intensity. I'd now like to explain the second part of the law of intensity and progression… 2007 .www.All Rights Reserved Page 27 of 229 . you can then begin to stretch your limits a bit. The goal here is not to kill yourself.MuscleGainTruth.
0 earthquake hits… Do you see where I'm going with this? In order for the muscles to continually increase in size and strength.0 earthquake hits and the building is severely damaged. this is without a doubt the most important part of the whole equation. Workers rush to the scene to repair the damage that has been done and to protect the building against a possible future earthquake.www. a 7. Think about it. they must be presented with greater and greater amounts of stress each workout.com . muscular hypertrophy is centered around the body's natural reaction of adapting to the environment.MuscleGainTruth.5 earthquake hits and the building is once again broken down.The Truth About Building Muscle Chapter 2: The Muscle-Building Philosophy Progression Although intensity and progression basically go hand in hand. Your body would have adapted itself to squatting 200 pounds and will only become larger and stronger when it is presented with a workload beyond that capacity. As I said before. Let's see if you can figure out why progression is so infinitely important by presenting a basic analogy… Envision a building. The workers return and repair the building once more. Now an 8. in order for the body to become larger and stronger you must continually and systematically increase the amount of weight you lift or the amount of repetitions you perform each week. Therefore. Only this time they rebuild it even larger and stronger to protect against any possible future earthquakes. if you were able to squat 200 pounds today.All Rights Reserved Page 28 of 229 . and were still using the same weight 3 months from now. This is why it is so unbelievably important that every single time you set foot in the gym you have your plan of attack in mind. Sure enough. In doing this the body will continue to adapt and grow to the ever increasing stress. do you think you would have experienced any considerable gains in muscle size during that time? Of course not. A 7. 2007 .
it's all about getting better each week. This is the number one reason why most people don't experience the size gains they are looking for. You see. your overall skill as a guitarist would increase. The more you progress. if you continually present your body with the same stimulus week after week your muscles will have no reason to grow. As you continually adapted to songs with higher and higher degrees of difficulty. and as you got better and better your mind and fingers would adapt to harder and harder songs. A month later he is completely oblivious to the fact that he is still bench pressing the same weight for the same reps and yet he still can't figure out why his chest isn't responding. Get it? Got it? Good.MuscleGainTruth. If you were trying to become a skilled guitarist. You absolutely. the larger your muscles will become. Since the ultimate goal of everything you accomplish in the gym is progression. that is it. Remember. would you stick to playing one single song for months on end? Of course not. I truly believe that if there is one important piece of advice to take away from this book. This is a universal law of muscle growth and applies no matter what type of approach you choose to implement in the gym. then quite clearly the entire basis for building muscle is to build strength. positively will not experience any appreciable gains in muscular size unless you focus on increasing your strength on each and every exercise you perform.com . Here's what usually ends up happening: the average lifter goes to the gym on chest day and aimlessly performs his various presses and flyes without taking note of how much weight he lifted or how many repetitions he performed.All Rights Reserved Page 29 of 229 . 2007 .www. You'd learn how to play one song.The Truth About Building Muscle Chapter 2: The Muscle-Building Philosophy You should know exactly what you accomplished in the previous week and what you are striving to achieve this week.
By simply increasing the squatting poundage by 5 pounds or a few reps each week you can see how much this adds up over time. You now understand that the more you can progress. This is why it is so absolutely crucial that you pay close attention to the amount of weight you lift each week and continually strive for improvement. No progression = no growth. one could increase their squat by 75 pounds in just a 4-month period. 2007 . This should be your entire focus in the gym. With the proper focus. you must focus on making small. continual increases in the weight you lift or the repetitions you perform each week. the greater your muscle mass will be. Every time you enter the gym the first thing you should be thinking of is: What did I do last week? What must I do this week in order to improve upon last week? This is the ultimate bottom line.com . However. squatting 5 extra pounds may not seem like a lot in the short term.The Truth About Building Muscle Chapter 2: The Muscle-Building Philosophy Instead. You should be paying attention to the weight you use and reps you are performing with laser-like accuracy. Sure.www. it is extremely important that you realize that strength is not gained overnight and should be increased at a gradual pace. but over time these small increases will equate to massive gains in overall strength.MuscleGainTruth.All Rights Reserved Page 30 of 229 . and in doing this your body will steadily grow larger and stronger. While the body's response from week 1 to week 2 would be relatively small. week 1 to week 16 would yield a huge response in size gains.
It is also extremely motivating to be able to look back at previous weeks of training and have a concrete visual of the increasing weight and repetitions. The amount of time you have been training with weights and the degree of size and strength increases you receive are inversely proportional. This is an extremely powerful tool and will enable you to progress as fast as you possibly can. and they will gradually slow down after that. you absolutely must keep a written record of every workout you perform.All Rights Reserved Page 31 of 229 . By doing this you will have a visual representation of the exact weight you used and reps you performed in the previous workout. the slower your improvements will come. Everything is laid out in an easy-to-follow manner and will allow you to very easily track your weight and reps on every exercise you perform. you will be much more motivated to increase your weight and reps since you'll have to hold yourself accountable if you fail to do so.The Truth About Building Muscle Chapter 2: The Muscle-Building Philosophy Keep in mind that the example above is for someone who has never seriously trained before.www. the longer you've been training. 2007 .MuscleGainTruth. I've made this whole process a bit easier on you by providing all of the workout sheets you'll need.com . Write It Down! I don't care how incredible your memory is or how much you insist that you "keep everything in your head". By keeping a written record versus just remembering. That is. I know from my own personal experience that I slapped the most amount of muscle onto my frame and saw the greatest gains in strength when I began keeping a detailed record of each and every workout. You will always experience your best gains in the first 3 or 4 months of training.
definite. The idea is simply to yield an adaptive response from the body and not a thing more.MuscleGainTruth. 2007 .The Truth About Building Muscle Chapter 2: The Muscle-Building Philosophy Why Less is More With all of this talk of mind-blowing intensity and discomfort you must have come to the conclusion that you will need to spend countless hours in the gym.www. However. in order to achieve optimal muscle gain results you will only need to spend roughly 1% of your total available time in the gym! Sound too good to be true? Believe it. You are not going to the gym with the intent of completely annihilating your muscles. more is certainly not better. Instead. I mean after all.All Rights Reserved Page 32 of 229 . absolute NO! In fact. week in and week out in order to achieve your goals. when I said "100% intensity" I was in no way referring to the actual volume or duration of work you would be performing. when it comes to weight training for size. I need to put forth 100% intensity!" That is absolutely correct. until they fall off. You've probably painted a mental picture of yourself endlessly slaving away against the weights twice a day. Building muscle must be no different. You see. you said that in order to achieve 100% of my potential growth. How limited? Roughly 3-4 hours per week. the more time and effort you put into something the more you will get out of it. right? The answer to that question is a gigantic. I know what you're thinking… "But Sean. six days a week. I was talking specifically about the amount of total effort you would exert for the limited amount of work that you’ll actually have to perform.com . set after set.
The Truth About Building Muscle Chapter 2: The Muscle-Building Philosophy When you train with weights you are simply "sparking" the muscle growth process. rampant fatigue.www. In order to build muscle you must provide your body with sufficient recovery time in between workouts! I cannot stress this enough.All Rights Reserved Page 33 of 229 . The more time you spend jamming on your guitar. The average beginner spends countless hours in the gym hoping to pack on the pounds and instead ends up with taxed joints. this basic and accepted logic definitely does not hold true." It's sometimes difficult to let go of. recovery is absolutely crucial.MuscleGainTruth. The more time you spend practicing on the golf course. 2007 . And who could blame them? In almost every other aspect of life this holds true. the better golfer you will become. the better their results will be. a beaten down immune system. you will be digging a deep whole that will move you farther away from your goals rather than closer to them.com . The more time you spend studying for a test. They assume that the more time they spend in the gym. but this notion simply does not apply to bodybuilding. if any muscle growth to show for it. If you try to push your body beyond its ability to recover. a deep nutrient deficiency and little. This is the number one trap that almost all beginning lifters fall victim to. Do not become a victim of overtraining! Highly intensive workouts tax the mind and body much more heavily than most people know. Once your body has been put into an adaptive position where it will be forced to respond to the stress placed upon it by rebuilding the muscles larger and stronger. When trying to add muscular weight. you have done your job and any further stimulation will be counter productive and a waste of time and effort. You must forget the traditional thinking of "more is better. a topic which will be covered later on. From there on it is simple a matter of providing your body with the raw materials (nutrients) needed to facilitate growth. the better you’ll perform. the better guitarist you will become. When it comes to building muscle.
I’ll sum this section up with a quote from one of Mike’s seminars that always stuck with me… “The goal is NOT to see how many sets you can MINDLESSLY endure. drop sets. rationally. giant sets. knowingly. Forget about all of the crazy "secret" techniques some lifters implement such as pre-exhaustion.The Truth About Building Muscle Chapter 2: The Muscle-Building Philosophy It only takes a few sets of a few basic. Mike was a former pro bodybuilder and a huge proponent of low volume. The real techniques for building maximum muscle mass are actually very straightforward.www. logically do ONLY what nature requires to activate the growth mechanism” Amen. but to intelligently. these are simply unnecessary and a waste of time. high intensity training.MuscleGainTruth. 2007 . proven exercises in order to see the best results you possibly can.com . A very influential figure in my muscle-building research is a man by the name of Mike Mentzer.All Rights Reserved Page 34 of 229 .
www.The Truth About Building Muscle Chapter 2: The Muscle-Building Philosophy Chapter 2 Review You now know that muscle growth is a product of the body's natural reaction of adapting to the environment. because progress is the ultimate deciding factor between those who make significant gains and those who make modest gains. This means that since we are training with 100% effort. we must limit the amount of time we spend in the gym and only perform as many sets as are necessary. 2007 . In response to muscular tears brought on by resistance training. Since muscle growth ultimately occurs because of the discomfort resulting from weight training. In order to consistently achieve greater and greater size and strength gains we must focus on lifting slightly more weight or performing slightly more repetitions from week to week. the more dramatic our gains will be. Keeping a detailed written record of every workout is the best way of efficiently accomplishing this.All Rights Reserved Page 35 of 229 . then naturally the higher the intensity we train with.MuscleGainTruth. consistent progress. Although we must train as hard as our bodies will allow by taking every set to the point of concentric muscular failure. This is extremely important.com . the body will repair the muscles larger and stronger in order to protect against any possible future threat. In doing this we can prevent the chance of over-training and will allow our bodies to make steady. we must also understand that training intensity and volume are directly related.
MuscleGainTruth.All Rights Reserved Page 36 of 229 . By simply understanding the principles and ideas in the previous section you are already light-years ahead of your average muscle-building hopeful who is oblivious to these basic ideas and does not truly understand what he is trying to accomplish in the gym. for this many reps." Sure. and if you follow them closely you will be greatly rewarded… 2007 . It's now time to get specific and talk more in detail about how your workouts should be structured. etcetera. Building muscle is not just about following set-in-stone numbers and exercise procedures.com . blah blah blah.The Truth About Building Muscle Chapter 3: Structuring The Perfect Workout Chapter 3: Structuring The Perfect Workout You've now learned the basic principles and ideas behind muscle-growth and have formed an overall framework for your bodybuilding approach. there are specific guidelines you will need to follow in the gym. The last chapter taught you about the basic principles. It is not enough for me to merely say "do this exercise. for this day. These are what I consider to be the most effective workout methods available. it is about understanding how to make your muscles grow and why certain approaches work better than others. but they branch off into some more detailed guidelines that you must also understand and implement. I also want to help you understand why you're doing it. but while I'm teaching you what to do in the gym. for this long. etcetera.www. In order to be successful you must follow these guidelines exactly as they are laid out.
2) Hypertrophy Phase (45-60 minutes) This is the main component of the workout and is designed to trigger your body's adaptive growth mechanism by placing your muscles under stress. This will be accomplished by performing anywhere from 8-12 high intensity muscle-building sets.All Rights Reserved Page 37 of 229 .MuscleGainTruth. 2007 . 3) Cooldown (5-10 minutes) This is the final component of the workout and is designed to relax your muscles and to help eliminate metabolic waste products created during the hypertrophy phase. Every single thing that you do during this component of the workout is aimed at one task and one task only: stimulate new muscle growth. A successful warm-up will increase your strength and decrease your chance of injury. This component should consist of 5 minutes of low intensity cardiovascular exercise followed by 5 sets of low intensity weight training.www.com .The Truth About Building Muscle Chapter 3: Structuring The Perfect Workout The 3 Components Of A Successful Workout 1) 5 x 5 Warm-up (15-20 minutes) This is the first component of the workout and is designed to prepare your mind and body for the hard work to come.
In fact. 2007 . Some people avoid a warm-up altogether (a costly mistake) while others simply have no clue what they're doing.The Truth About Building Muscle Chapter 3: Structuring The Perfect Workout The 5 x 5 Warmup A solid warm-up is the first component to any successful workout. a warm-up is just that. This is why it is absolutely crucial that your muscles are at 100% strength when the hypertrophy phase comes.MuscleGainTruth.www. It will also stimulate your heart and lungs and increase your body's secretion of "synovial fluid" which will lubricate your joints and assist in injury prevention. The first component of a proper warm-up is to perform 5 minutes of light cardiovascular activity. If you feel that you are getting even slightly tired or that you are draining strength from your body. The honest truth is that 95% of lifters in the gym are dead wrong in the way they warmup. but any basic piece of cardio equipment will do. Before you move into the hypertrophy phase and perform your muscle-building sets it is absolutely imperative that you prepare your mind and body for the work to come. you must ease up and take things a bit slower. when an injury takes you out of the gym for 3 months you'll wish you had taken those few extra minutes to warm up.com . a warm-up. I personally choose the stationary bike. the majority of people warm up in such a fashion that they actually decrease the quality of their workouts and prevent themselves from pushing the maximum amount of weight they are capable of. The entire basis of building muscle is to lift the greatest amount of weight that you possibly can and for as many reps as possible. Now remember. but trust me. A solid warm-up should take about 15-20 minutes to complete. This will gradually raise your body's core temperature and will increase blood flow to your muscles. I know it isn't the most enjoyable thing in the world. By doing a proper warm-up you will greatly decrease your chance of injury (an injury is the absolute last thing you want) and will ensure that your muscles are ready to deal with the heavy weights and hard work you will be inflicting on them.All Rights Reserved Page 38 of 229 . In no way should you be fatiguing your body during this period.
Remember your purpose in the gym and the self-promise that you have made. muscle-building sets without causing any fatigue or loss of strength in the process. Weight acclimation will prepare your muscles for your all-out. It is inevitable that on certain days you simply won't feel like working out. After your 5 minutes of cardio you will move on to the second part of the warm-up process: weight acclimation. make sure that your mind is psyched and ready for war. is completely illogical and downright counterproductive. envision the workout that lies ahead of you. since your mental attitude plays such a vital role in the success of your workouts. If you feel tired on any given day (which is bound to happen) take a minute or so to sit down and rid yourself of all negative thoughts and fears about the work to come. We'll use the bench press as an example… 2007 . known as "pyramiding". It's very important that you prepare your mind and body. if you were training legs on a certain day then you would use squats as your warm-up exercise (don’t worry.www. and why this method. This is where you will take your first major compound exercise of the hypertrophy phase (we’ll discuss exactly what a “compound” exercise is later on) and perform 5 low intensity sets. gradually building up to your maximal working weight. all of the warm-up exercises are outlined in the 26week workout plan).The Truth About Building Muscle Chapter 3: Structuring The Perfect Workout As you are performing this simple cardio warm-up. If you are truly committed to the mission at hand then you will be able to rise above this natural feeling of laziness and deliver an intense and successful workout.com . As you finish your 5 minutes of light cardio. Since you already know the amount of weight you'll need to use for every exercise it will be easy for you to visualize the entire workout taking place and to create a clear mental picture of yourself successfully performing each lift. If you are not mentally prepared to workout. Let me give you an example of how most people warm-up. as this has happened to me on numerous occasions.All Rights Reserved Page 39 of 229 . Think about the muscle groups you'll be training and the intensity you'll need to put forth in order to achieve a successful workout.MuscleGainTruth. your performance will surely suffer. For example. Just remember that no one reached their muscle building goals without overcoming obstacles.
He removes the 10's and 5's and slaps on another 45 to each side of the bar. 2007 . They are simply performed to increase blood flow into the target muscles and surrounding connective tissue and to fine tune your mind-muscle connection. he had already prematurely fatigued his muscles and had drained out his strength from the previous ones. and was not training to failure. Why in the world would John want to fatigue his muscles before performing his musclebuilding sets? I mean. he did. re-racks the bar and prepares for his first muscle-building set.MuscleGainTruth. John got a great warm-up. It is so absolutely crucial that you do not fatigue your muscles whatsoever during these sets. we'll call him Stupid John. This ultimately sacrificed the amount of weight he could lift and therefore compromised the amount of stress he could place on his muscles. maxes out using 260 pounds for 5 reps. but continues building up to his maximum weight. Stupid John starts his workout by loading the bar with 135 pounds and cranks out a quick 15 reps.com . He gets his training partner to spot him as he pumps out 7 reps. So what were these sets for? Why would he want to drain his strength on a bunch of sets that will do extremely little to nothing for muscle growth? As I said before. didn't he? Yes. barely manages to squeeze out his 5 reps. He is starting to feel fatigued.The Truth About Building Muscle Chapter 3: Structuring The Perfect Workout Let's assume this person. By the time John reached his first muscle building set. He rests a few minutes and then ups the weight to 175. Stupid John is feeling great and starting to get a nice pump in his chest (we'll discuss "the pump" later on) as he moves the weight up to 245.All Rights Reserved Page 40 of 229 . He squeezes out 6 hard reps. but at an extremely costly price. a warm-up is just that. making for a total of 225. correct? He was using a weight well below his maximum potential.www. what was wrong with this method? I mean. So. Stupid John then moves up to 200 and performs 8 reps. Stupid John loads the bar with 260 pounds and using all of his effort. the "warm-up" sets he performed were not aimed at building muscle. a warm-up. performing another 10 reps.
He would rest a couple of minutes and then up the weight to 155. After a few minutes of rest he pumps out 3 reps using 210 pounds. controlled set of 10 reps. cranking out 6 easy reps.. instead of only performing 5 reps.. Sensible John would make sure not to fatigue his muscles whatsoever during these sets. let's look back at the warm-up process and see what Sensible John would have done in this same situation. However.All Rights Reserved Page 41 of 229 . as he knows they serve only to warm up his muscles and to prepare them for his first muscle-building set using 260 pounds.com . Sensible John then moves up to 185 pounds and performs 4 reps. His muscles are still fresh and ready to lift as much as they possibly can as he slaps on an extra 10.www. Sensible John would have started off by loading the bar with 130 pounds and performing a smooth.The Truth About Building Muscle Chapter 3: Structuring The Perfect Workout In doing this you will gradually build up your body's tolerance for the heavy weights to come. As you perform every set in the gym you should know why. You must avoid useless sets at all costs! Every single time you pick up the weights and perform a set it should be for a damn good reason. So. 2007 . but keep in mind that you will only perform a warm up set for your first exercise of each major muscle group. Sensible John then finishes his warm-up by performing a single rep with 240. thereby increasing your strength and preventing the chance of injury. That's correct. 5 and 2. he is now able to perform 7 reps.5-pound weight onto each side of the bar and gets ready to perform his muscle building set using 260 pounds. by performing a proper warm up without fatiguing the body you will actually increase the amount of weight you are able to lift and thereby maximize muscle stimulation. He can now safely move into the hypertrophy phase of his workout at full strength and 100% intensity. This warm-up seems like a lengthy process.MuscleGainTruth. He has now increased blood flow into his muscles and connective tissue and maximized his body's nerve-muscle contractions without causing any fatigue or loss of strength. If you are not training with the ultimate goal of building muscle then you are simply wasting your time.
You don't need to become a mathematician or bring a calculator to the gym.MuscleGainTruth. The first column is the amount of weight you should use for each warm-up set (given as a % of the weight you will use for your muscle-building sets). this will mean that you perform even less warm up sets. Here is a basic chart you can use to calculate your warm-up weights. and a few pounds off will definitely not be a big deal. since all basic chest presses also stimulate the shoulders and triceps. Estimate as best you can or simply calculate the numbers and write them down before you go to the gym.The Truth About Building Muscle Chapter 3: Structuring The Perfect Workout Since compound exercises stimulate the use of more than one muscle group. You should complete a total of 5 weight acclimation sets in order to fully prepare your muscles for your musclebuilding sets. The hypertrophy phase is the only component of the workout that is directly aimed at stimulating muscle growth. The second column is simply the number of reps to perform with that weight. The same can be said for the back in relation to biceps as well as quadriceps in relation to the hamstrings. muscle-building sets.com . you will only need to perform a warm up for your first major chest exercise. Don't get stressed out about getting these percentages dead on. you must avoid useless sets at all costs and focus all of your energy on maximum weight. 2007 . if you are training chest/shoulders/triceps. Remember.All Rights Reserved Page 42 of 229 .www. For example.
so you can see why you'd want to have your strength peaked before you pick up the bar.MuscleGainTruth.com . This is the most efficient and effective way to prepare your body for the work to come and will do the best job at keeping you injury-free. A proper warm-up should consist of light cardiovascular activity followed by progressive resistance training just like the method described on the previous pages. The goal of building muscle is to lift as much weight as you possibly can in a given rep range.The Truth About Building Muscle Chapter 3: Structuring The Perfect Workout Stretching As Part Of The Warm-Up: Is It Really Necessary? For years we've been told about the importance of thoroughly stretching our muscles before we exercise. Conventional wisdom isn't always correct. some studies have actually shown that stretching your muscles before you workout can actually increase your chance of injury as well as decrease your strength. It has been said that a proper stretching routine will significantly decrease your chances of injury and will keep you flexible and limber. In fact. So there you have it: a simple. It should only take 1520 minutes to complete when finished you can move right into the main section of your workout: The Hypertrophy Phase. and I think the importance of stretching is a bit overrated. 2007 .All Rights Reserved Page 43 of 229 . Studies are now showing that stretching provides absolutely no benefit as a pre-workout warm-up. easy-to-follow method to efficiently and effectively warm up before beginning your muscle-building sets.www. Do not underestimate the value of this procedure! It is extremely important and will not only decrease your chances of injury but will also maximize the amount of weight you'll be able to lift.
The hypertrophy phase begins with the completion of your first muscle-building set and ends with the completion of your final muscle-building set.MuscleGainTruth.com . the ultimate goal is to simply "spark" muscle growth using the least amount of volume necessary and in the shortest amount of time. As I said before. Why 60 minutes? There are a multitude of reasons why you should aim to complete your muscle-building workout within this time frame.The Truth About Building Muscle Chapter 3: Structuring The Perfect Workout The Hypertrophy Phase This is the most important section of the workout and should be performed with one goal and one goal only: stimulate muscle growth. Instead of simply throwing a workout schedule at you and saying "go do this. Highly intensive training is extremely taxing on the body and it is simply unnecessary and downright counterproductive to spend extended periods of time in the gym. 2007 .www. No. This 60-minute period does not include warm-up sets.All Rights Reserved Page 44 of 229 . this is not some random number that I dreamt up out of the blue. Duration The hypertrophy phase should last no longer than 60 minutes." I think it's very important that you gain a true understanding of why your workouts are structured the way that they are and how to properly perform them. but comes into play beginning with your first muscle-building set and ends with the completion of your final muscle-building set. I am going to go through each individual component of the hypertrophy phase and teach you exactly how it should be performed and why. To accomplish this. It is a number derived from basic human biology.
Building muscle is all about efficiency. the greater its negative impact will be. the body releases a powerful catabolic hormone called "cortisol" which begins to stimulate the breakdown of muscle tissue for use as energy.All Rights Reserved Page 45 of 229 . Since you know there is a set timeframe to complete this phase. Since mental focus and intensity will be also be very low. your muscles will be in a state of breakdown and you will be eating further and further into your all-too-important recovery time. It is long enough to complete all of the assigned exercises and sets but not so long that the negative effects of cortisol and other catabolic hormones will have any significant negative impact on your muscle gains. The longer you continue to train as this powerful hormone is circulating in the bloodstream. If you are aiming to gain and preserve as much muscle as possible then you must avoid cortisol's negative effects like the plague.com . You will not have to prepare yourself for a marathon workout lasting hours on end. In fact. you will be doing yourself more harm than good. It is much easier to mentally deal with a short. it will force you to take full advantage of each and every set you perform. As the hypertrophy phase drifts beyond the one-hour mark.www. explosive workout rather than one that drags on endlessly. Not only is it physically beneficial to complete the hypertrophy phase within 60 minutes. 2007 . after just 30 minutes of intense training your mental focus and intensity will begin a rapid downhill slide.MuscleGainTruth. This is why 60 minutes is the optimal time frame to complete this phase. You will be able to enter the gym. blast out the required sets and go home. know the mission at hand. you will be increasing your chance of injury as well. Your body will have stepped outside its optimal hormonal state. It is about completing the required work in the most effective manner and in the least amount of time.The Truth About Building Muscle Chapter 3: Structuring The Perfect Workout After about 45 minutes of strenuous exercise. but it also serves mental benefits as well.
this training system is based upon efficiency.MuscleGainTruth. you will be performing anywhere from 5-7 sets for large muscle groups and 2-4 sets for smaller ones. the muscles simply do not require very many sets in order for growth to be stimulated. upper traps. And remember. The truth of the matter is that as long as your hypertrophy phase is performed with 100% intensity and all sets are taken to true concentric failure. biceps. You would NOT be performing 5-7 sets of bench presses. this is total sets per workout. For example. 2 sets of dumbbell presses and 2 sets of dips. Remember. you might perform 2 sets of bench presses.com . Large muscle groups are the chest.) Small muscle groups are the shoulders.www. The clueless beginner is stuck with the idea that "more is better" as he reads the muscle magazines filled with articles such as "Mr. this does not include warm-ups! As stated many times before. abs. back and thighs (Although thighs consist of both the quadriceps and the hamstrings. This is total sets for the entire workout with all exercises combined. if you were training chest. they are always trained together and we’ll be considering them as one major muscle group. not total sets per exercise.All Rights Reserved Page 46 of 229 . Using this training system. triceps. perform 5-7 total sets per workout for large muscle groups and 2-4 sets for small muscle groups. He then proceeds to pump out 15 sets of barbell curls and dumbbell shrugs and can't figure out why he isn't growing. calves and forearms. Excessive workout volume is extremely common among lifters and is one of the major pitfalls that beginners make. 2007 . for a total of 6 sets. 5-7 sets of dumbbell presses and 5-7 sets of dips. When I talk about "workout volume" I am simply referring to the total number of muscle-building sets that you will perform for each specific muscle group for each workout.The Truth About Building Muscle Chapter 3: Structuring The Perfect Workout Volume For maximal muscle gains. Olympia's Killer Bicep Routine" or "10 tips for massive traps".
I am here to inform you. So why is it that every time I go to the gym I see the same misinformed people. NOT quantity. any further stimulation will be useless! If you go too far over the edge.www. slaving away on endless sets of bench presses and barbell curls? It's because they are simply misinformed! Well. you won't have to worry about this. did you know that there is currently no research proving that a second set of any given exercise provides additional benefit to the first one? That's correct. you will actually take away from your gains. How much will each specific muscle group require? Well. week in and week out. controlled sets. there isn't really one absolute number that is set in stone.The Truth About Building Muscle Chapter 3: Structuring The Perfect Workout Wake up and smell the coffee! Do you remember why muscles grow in the first place? The goal is simply to yield an adaptive response from the muscles by presenting them with a workload they have never experienced before. In fact. but once you're in the gym training as hard as you possibly can.All Rights Reserved Page 47 of 229 . Your workouts are about quality. This system uses slightly more to ensure complete stimulation. where you performed 5 sets of 5 different exercises. but since I'm going to lay all the workout schedules out for you. Once this has been done. 2007 . It may vary slightly depending on certain workouts. You are there to convince your body to grow by training with a high level of intensity on a few basic. your body will not require very much convincing. and 2-4 sets is the most you will need to perform for smaller ones. you will be physically unable to complete any additional work. but many serious lifters have experienced their best gains with extremely minimal workout volume using only one set per exercise. It may not sound like a lot now.MuscleGainTruth. Believe me. and the plain fact is that 5-7 sets is the most you will need to perform for large muscle groups.com . if you train with the amount of effort that you should be. Forget about all those 25 set workouts you did in the past. 1 set of each exercise may be all you need to see the best gains of your life. You are not at the gym to run a muscle-building marathon.
dumbbell raises.The Truth About Building Muscle Chapter 3: Structuring The Perfect Workout Exercise Selection To stimulate as much muscle as you possibly can. Give me a break. Does anyone see anything wrong with this picture? Remember. the ultimate goal of lifting weights is to convince your body that it is in lifethreatening danger. another gigantic mistake most lifters make.www. There are 2 main types of exercises that you can perform in the gym: Compound Exercises: Multi-joint movements which require the use of more than one muscle group (i.com . compound movements. I'll bet if muscles had a mind of their own. they'd be laughing hysterically at these pathetic wimps trying to choose the easy way out. bicep curls) Choosing the right exercises is definitely one of the most important decisions you will make in the gym. squats. bench presses) Isolation Exercises: Single-joint movements which only require the use of one muscle group (i. I'm talking about the basic compound movements… 2007 . train like a real man. They'll do lat pulldowns instead of chin-ups. It's kind of a contradiction for most.e. machine flyes instead of barbell presses or cable rows instead of barbell rows. leg presses instead of squats.MuscleGainTruth. A simple little machine flye will definitely not accomplish this.e. you must focus on heavy. yet they choose the easiest and least uncomfortable exercises to try and accomplish this.All Rights Reserved Page 48 of 229 . And training like a real man means choosing the proven meat and potatoes exercises which have packed the most pounds onto skinny frames than any other. They are in the gym to work hard and stimulate their bodies to grow. If you want real gains. tricep pushdowns. deadlifts. and again.
of course not. just as it has been for decades. 50's and 60's.Chin-ups . the real secret of building muscle is that there is no secret.Lunges .Leg Presses Don't worry if you aren't familiar with some of these lifts.The Truth About Building Muscle Chapter 3: Structuring The Perfect Workout . Consistently adding poundage to these lifts should be the basis of your entire routine.Squats .MuscleGainTruth.Barbell rows .Deadlifts . The deadlift. is still the king of all upper body exercises.All Rights Reserved Page 49 of 229 .www. will stimulate the greatest amount of total muscle fiber.Bench presses . but most certainly not in place of the basic compound exercises. Why? The basic compound movements will allow you to lift the greatest amount of total weight.Dips . Do you think that back in the 1950's they were training with fancy "Cybergenics Multiple Resistance" machines? No. 2007 .com . and will promote the highest overall anabolic effect on the body. Nothing has changed! A barbell squat is still the absolute most effective lift for packing mass onto the lower body. Like I said before. as they are all laid out for you in the exercise database. just as it has been for years. The fact of the matter is that the absolute most effective muscle-building exercises are the same today as they were back in the 1940's.Overhead presses . Isolation lifts do have their place in a solid lifting routine.
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It will also come as no surprise that these lifts are the most uncomfortable to perform. I guess life is just unfair that way; the greater the reward is, the harder it is to achieve. Well, tough luck! As I said before, this system is all about efficiency. These compound lifts, although extremely challenging to perform, are the absolute most efficient lifts out there. They will give you the most bang for your buck by stimulating muscle growth much more effectively than any isolation exercise ever could. Treat these lifts with respect and they will allow you to reach your goals faster than you ever thought possible. Once again, since all the workouts will be laid out for you, you won't have to worry about picking and choosing all the right exercises. Simply go to the exercise selection booklet included in this package and you will be able to see how all of the recommended exercises are performed. Each lift will be accompanied by a diagram and written description. If you're new to weight lifting, don't be intimidated by the amount of lifts you'll need to learn. For the most part they are fairly straightforward and after a few workouts you should have them down pat.
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Machines or Free-weights?
Free-weights are, overall, the most effective tools to stimulate muscle growth, but machines can still have their place in a solid workout routine. A lot of hardcore lifters and old school enthusiasts will argue that free-weights are the only way to pack on serious amounts of muscle and that machines are simply a waste of time. While I agree that the basic compound free-weight exercises are certainly the most effective lifts one can perform in the gym, machines can still have their place. You see, this course is all about ridding your mind of conventional, illogical thinking. I want you to forget about chrome gyms with juice bars and cell phones. Instead what I want you to do is to look at the science of muscle growth from a new perspective, from outside the box. As I've said many times before, muscle growth is all about adaptation to the environment. The fact of the matter is that there are many tools both in and out of the gym that will stimulate muscle growth. Heavy resistance training is undoubtedly the absolute most effective way of doing this, however it is not the only way. Have you ever seen the calves on most hardcore cyclists? What about the biceps on farmers who stack bails of hay all day? As long as you present the muscles with a workload that is beyond their capacity, they will always respond to some degree. I was in the gym the other day and off in the corner there was a young guy performing a set of trap-bar deadlifts. This is a fairly rare exercise to see nowadays, but is quite effective at stimulating growth throughout the entire body, much the same as a regular deadlift does. It is different from a regular deadlift in that the lifter actually stands inside the bar, which encloses the lifter with its octagonal shape. This allows the exertion to run directly through the center of the body rather than in front as a regular deadlift does. Anyway, the point is that this lift is very uncommon and is something you won't see in the gym very often.
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Another group of guys then walked by as he was performing his set and I heard one of these young, misinformed lifters chuckle and say to the other "how are you supposed to get big doing that?" What a bunch of nonsense. It's ignorant comments like these that cause the rampant spread of misinformation the bodybuilding world is currently being attacked by. What makes a trap-bar deadlift so incredibly less effective than a regular deadlift? Because the bar is shaped differently? Because they've never seen the lift being performed before? Because it's not a bench press or a bicep curl? The point I am trying to make is that muscle growth is not strictly limited to the use of traditional barbells and dumbbells. Again, I agree that basic free-weight exercises should be the cornerstone of any effective lifting routine and that they cannot be replaced in their overall effect on muscle growth and total body anabolism. They are the most difficult to perform and will yield the greatest adaptive response from the body possible. Increasing your weight and reps in the big basic lifts like squats and deadlifts will definitely be your main focus in the gym. However, certain machine exercises are effective and will have a small place in your routine. It is simply a different way to stimulate the muscles and if used properly they can be fairly effective.
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Resting Between Sets
Only perform your next muscle-building set when you feel that you are 100% recovered from the previous one. Some programs advocate the use of a 2-3 minute resting period between sets, some use 4-5 minutes, while others say that 1 minute is the optimal time frame. Do you want to know the real answer? The real answer is that there is no answer. You are in the gym with the goal of moving the greatest amount of weight you possibly can for as many reps as you possibly can. There is no way to assign one absolute period of time to rest between sets. Sure, having a set time period between sets gives more organization to the workout and ensures that you can complete all of your exercises in the targeted time frame, but this is not the best way to make sure that you give 100% effort on each and every set. How can you know for sure that you'll be fully recovered and ready for another set in exactly 2-3 minutes? You can't. The reality is that some sets will tax you very heavily and force you to rest longer, while others will not have as great of an effect. It all depends on which exercise you are performing, how much weight you are moving and how you are feeling on any particular day. The key is to listen to your body and perform your next set only when you feel that you have fully recovered from the previous one and can execute the set with 100% intensity and strength. Sometimes I rest for 3 minutes and other times I can rest as long as 6 or 7 minutes. After you perform an all-out set of squats to failure you'll know exactly what I'm talking about!
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MuscleGainTruth.The Truth About Building Muscle Chapter 3: Structuring The Perfect Workout Since your workout should last no longer than 60 minutes it is vital that you always watch the clock to ensure that you are not resting any longer than you need.All Rights Reserved Page 54 of 229 .www.com . You must move around the gym efficiently enough to allow for maximal rest between sets while still completing the assigned lifts in less than 60 minutes. 2007 .
So. If you can perform 8 reps or more then the weight is too light. The rep range debate never ends. You will not have to psyche yourself up for marathon sets lasting minutes on end. 2007 . you will be using a rep range of 5 to 7. low-rep sets will be used the majority of the time. the weight should be light enough that you can complete at least 5 reps using proper form. By utilizing a lower rep range your sets will only last a short period of time. you ask? Well… 1) Each set will only last between 20-30 seconds. maximizing your muscle gains is all about intensity and efficiency.www.The Truth About Building Muscle Chapter 3: Structuring The Perfect Workout Ideal Rep Range To achieve the greatest gains in muscle mass and strength. but rather for a short burst of all out effort lasting only several seconds. but heavy enough that you cannot complete more than 7.MuscleGainTruth. If you can only perform 4 reps then the weight is too heavy. the majority of the time. What's so special about 5 to 7. As I've said so many times before. Sets that utilize heavy weight and low reps are without a doubt the most effective means of stimulating maximum muscle growth and strength gains. I'm going to clear up the confusion once and for all and teach you the truth about choosing an effective rep range for the best results possible. Well. Although you will be using a different rep range depending on what muscle group you are training. This means that for every set you perform. everyone has their own opinion on what the "perfect" rep range is to allow for maximum muscle stimulation and growth. training with 100% intensity is critical to muscle gains and it is much easier to maintain this level of effort for shorter periods of time.com . allowing you to generate 100% mental focus and intensity. As you already know.All Rights Reserved Page 55 of 229 . the majority of your muscle-building sets should consist of 5 to 7 repetitions. No matter what you read or who you talk to.
Training in the range of 5 to 7 will also decrease the amount of lactic acid produced in the muscles.www. Our bodies our made up of 2 main types of muscle fiber: slow twitch and fast twitch. so we've established that most of the time. Lactic acid accumulates in the muscle tissue at increased rates the longer you exercise. This will translate into greater power output and maximum strength. building muscle is all about building strength. However. this does not apply all the time or on every single lift. Okay. 2007 . 4) Lactic Acid production will be kept to a minimum. explosive movements. As you already know.MuscleGainTruth.com . They have a high tolerance for endurance exercises but do not have very high potential for muscle hypertrophy. By utilizing a rep range of 5 to 7 you will tap into these extremely responsive fibers and this will result in the greatest amount of muscle growth and strength gains possible. They contain a large amount of mitochondria (an area in the muscle cell where energy is produced) and have the highest potential for muscle hypertrophy and strength increases. By limiting the amount of lactic acid production you will decrease muscle catabolism (breakdown) and create an environment in the body where greater amounts of ATP can be generated. By using a lower rep range of 5 to 7 you will allow your muscles to handle heavier amounts of weight. and training in a lower rep range is the most effective way to dramatically increase your strength.All Rights Reserved Page 56 of 229 . 3) Maximal weight can be used. on most exercises. Lactic acid is a metabolic waste product that is produced as the body burns carbohydrates for fuel. you will be performing 5-7 reps. Slow twitch fibers cannot generate large bursts of power and are utilized during prolonged activity. Fast twitch fibers on the other hand produce large bursts of power and are utilized during short.The Truth About Building Muscle Chapter 3: Structuring The Perfect Workout 2) Muscle stimulation will be maximized.
www. abs. powerful bursts. Again.The Truth About Building Muscle Chapter 3: Structuring The Perfect Workout There are few select muscle groups that should be stimulated using a slightly higher rep range. but heavy enough that you cannot complete more than 12. 2007 . and therefore are best stimulated using lower rep ranges.com . abs. Don't worry about trying to figure out the rep ranges for all of your exercises. this means that the weight should be light enough for you to complete at least 10 reps. our bodies are made up of 2 types of muscle fiber: fast twitch and slow twitch.MuscleGainTruth. forearms and upper traps are made up predominantly of slowtwitch fibers. the calves.All Rights Reserved Page 57 of 229 . a rep range of 10-12 will be utilized for these muscle groups. As I mentioned earlier. as these are all laid out for you in the 26-week workout plan. and therefore will respond better to higher reps. However. For this reason. forearms and upper traps. Fast twitch fibers are utilized during short. These are the calves.
the lowering phase of a bench press or the lowering phase of a chin-up.com . For example. you must first understand the 2 basic phases of lifting a weight: Concentric (also referred to as the "positive"): When the muscle contracts by shortening. Since you'll be training with as much resistance as you can safely handle. This is when the weight is lowered towards the force of gravity.MuscleGainTruth.All Rights Reserved Page 58 of 229 . For example. As you get closer to reaching muscular failure the reps will naturally slow down as you push with all of your strength and your body's energy stores gradually run out. but it makes no sense to say. that each concentric phase should be done in 4 seconds. This is when the muscle exerts force to move the weight against gravity. Obviously reps 1-3 will be performed much faster than reps 4-7. the pushing phase of a bench press or the pulling phase of a chin-up. The rep immediately before muscular failure may take as long as 7 or 8 seconds to perform. for example. how fast should you perform your reps? One big error a lot of lifters make is assigning a set speed to the concentric portion of the rep. the weight should be heavy enough that you must exert maximum force at all times on the positive motion. So.www. 2007 . It is extremely important that you are always in control of the weight. Don't worry about how long the concentric phase takes to perform. just focus on moving the weight as fast and hard as you possibly can while still maintaining proper form. Eccentric (also referred to as the "negative"): When the muscle is put under tension as it lengthens. To understand the speed at which you should perform your repetitions. Some push the weights as fast as they possibly can while others stick with the "slower is better" mentality. Rep speed is another highly debated topic and when you enter the gym you'll see lifters tossing weights around at all kinds of different speeds. The eccentric portion should be performed in 2-3 seconds.The Truth About Building Muscle Chapter 3: Structuring The Perfect Workout Rep Speed The concentric portion of the rep should be performed as fast as possible while still maintaining control of the weight.
You don't have to go with the super-slow mentality.The Truth About Building Muscle Chapter 3: Structuring The Perfect Workout The eccentric phase is a bit different and can be assigned a basic time frame to be completed in. you should aim to lower the weight in 2-3 seconds. Since your muscles are about 2. you will never reach muscular failure on this portion of the lift.www. just make sure that you lower the weight in good form and in a controlled manner. That being said.MuscleGainTruth. Do not underestimate the importance of the lowering phase! In fact. The most important factor when it comes to this part of the rep is that you are in complete control of the weight at all times. some studies show that more muscle breakdown actually occurs on the eccentric phase rather than the concentric phase.5 times stronger on the eccentric phase.com . 2007 .All Rights Reserved Page 59 of 229 .
exhale.www. INHALE.com . Breathing properly when you exercise will actually allow you to lift more weight and will decrease your chance of injury.. you would breathe in as you lowered the weight. You're almost ready to go home.MuscleGainTruth. For example. but there's one more thing you must complete. if you were performing a bench press. holding your breath will cause a buildup of pressure within the body and could lead to a hernia or even fainting. On the positive/concentric portion of the rep. but must be correctly performed at all times. The only thing you really need to know when it comes to this subject is this: On the negative/eccentric portion of the rep. and breathe out as you pushed the weight up. Proper breathing is very simple.All Rights Reserved Page 60 of 229 . inhale. 2007 .The Truth About Building Muscle Chapter 3: Structuring The Perfect Workout Proper Breathing On the eccentric portion of the rep. On the concentric portion of the rep. That does it for the hypertrophy phase. EXHALE.. Since you'll be training with as much weight as you can handle. It is very important that you do not hold your breath when you lift.
Although this principle does not relate to what should be done during the workout itself. leg training and arm training. Frequency Each muscle group should only be directly trained once per week.www. Post-workout stretching will increase your flexibility and decrease muscle soreness. After you've done a thorough stretch for all of the targeted muscles. taking breaks.MuscleGainTruth.All Rights Reserved Page 61 of 229 . you will move onto the final component of your workout: the cool down phase.The Truth About Building Muscle Chapter 3: Structuring The Perfect Workout The Cool Down Phase Once you have completed your final muscle-building set. you simply need to perform some basic stretches for the muscles that you've just finished exercising. one week is the optimal time frame to allow for sufficient recovery and growth. You already know how crucial recovery is to your success. This is so absolutely critical for you to understand. relax and eat. During this phase. It will also help to clear out metabolic waste products that were created during your workout. For the remainder of this chapter I'm going to talk about some other important guidelines for structuring an effective workout plan. I still thought I would cover it in this section since it is part of your overall workout structure. I'll talk about training frequency. This is a short and simple procedure that should only take a maximum of 10 minutes to complete. When it comes to training each individual muscle. your workout is complete! You can now go home. Any more than this is counterproductive and any less is simply a wasted opportunity. Recovery is everything! 2007 . and you must put this into practice by ensuring that your muscles have fully recovered before you train them again.com . such as lactic acid.
but instead they end up training the same muscles multiple in the same week. They know that they should be training each muscle group once per week. in order to execute that basic pressing movement. resting and eating that the muscle growth process is actually taking place. you are damaging your muscles. For example.www. It is while you are out of the gym. Your body has different pushing and pulling systems that work together to perform certain movements. you are actually going to be using more than one muscle group to lift the weight. This is the time when your body will be rebuilding the muscles larger and stronger in preparation for the next workout.The Truth About Building Muscle Chapter 3: Structuring The Perfect Workout Remember. muscle breakdown occurs in the gym. the chest will also require assistance from the triceps and shoulders.MuscleGainTruth. Many serious weightlifters have accepted this once-per-week training method as a solid guideline to follow. Anytime you perform a basic compound movement (a multi-joint lift) such as a bench press or barbell row. It is extremely important that you do not interfere with this process and allow your body sufficient time to repair and heal itself before you break them down again. How can this be? Well.com . Here's a very general way of looking at it… 2007 . However. yet very few actually abide by it. When you train intensely with weights.All Rights Reserved Page 62 of 229 . let me review some basic physiology for you to better understand what I am talking about. when you perform a bench press you are ultimately trying to stimulate your chest. Every movement has its own unique muscle requirements and you can find all of this information in your free exercise database. muscle growth does not occur in the gym.
lunges) involve the use of the hamstrings and glutes. seated rows) involve the use of the rear shoulders and biceps. overhead dumbbell presses) involve the use of the triceps. This is a perfect recipe for overtraining. barbell rows. You see. 3) Triceps are being trained the day before chest. Do you see where I'm going with this? Let's take a look at a potential training split and see if you can find out what is wrong: Day 1: Back/Triceps Day 2: Chest/Biceps Day 3: Rest Day 4: Quads/Shoulders/Abs Day 5: Hamstrings/Calves/Forearms Day 6: Rest Day 7: Rest What's wrong with this picture? Well. 6) Hamstrings are being trained the day after quads. 2) Biceps are being trained twice per week. dumbbell presses. injuries and lack of muscle growth. leg presses. 3) Most basic quad exercises (squats.www.All Rights Reserved Page 63 of 229 . 4) Biceps are being trained the day after back. dips) involve the use of the front shoulders and triceps. 2) All basic pulling movements for the back (chin-ups. 2007 .MuscleGainTruth.com . Let's break it down: 1) Triceps are being trained three times per week. if you aren't careful and don't plan out your training schedule properly you will end up with all sorts of nasty “overlap” that will lead to excessive training frequency.The Truth About Building Muscle Chapter 3: Structuring The Perfect Workout 1) All basic pressing movements for the chest (bench presses. 5) Hamstrings are being trained twice per week. 4) All overhead pressing movements (military presses.
"spark" the muscle growth process. You must simply go to the gym.All Rights Reserved Page 64 of 229 . When you go to the gym on chest day.The Truth About Building Muscle Chapter 3: Structuring The Perfect Workout The goal when designing a training split is to group the muscles together in a way that prevents overlap and stimulates the muscles as infrequently as possible. Because of this you won't have to juggle all of your muscles together to come up with a training split but instead can simply follow the workouts that I have devised without having to worry about overtraining yourself. all of the training splits have been laid out in the 26-week workout plan.com . and you probably will not be able to avoid hitting certain muscles more than once per week. This is also another reason why training with 100% intensity is so important. As long as you train hard you do not need to train often. If you start getting impatient and alter the training schedules I've laid out for you it will be a big mistake.MuscleGainTruth. The simple fact is that big compound movements stimulate a lot of muscle fiber. as long as you train as hard as you possibly can and take all sets to muscular failure. 2007 . Truly hitting each muscle group only once per week is very difficult and most of the time cannot be achieved. If you fail to execute a solid workout you'll have to wait another seven days before you can make up for it. Does once per week not sound like enough? Believe me. Luckily for you. Therefore you must simply hit them as infrequently as possible. just remember that it is the only opportunity you have to stimulate your chest for that entire week. and then go home to eat and recover.www. Recovery is so important to the overall picture and there is no need to try to annihilate your muscles to the point that they cannot heal themselves. hitting each muscle group once per week is optimal to achieve maximum growth.
Taking a week off after training for 8 straight weeks is an important part of the recovery process and will prevent you from hitting sticking points or getting injured. and for those of you who aren't crazy about it a one-week break will help to keep your focus in the right place. The one-week training layoff will serve you well in a few different ways.All Rights Reserved Page 65 of 229 . and very important to follow.The Truth About Building Muscle Chapter 3: Structuring The Perfect Workout Taking 1 Week Off After 8 continuous weeks of training. Secondly. For those of you who fall in love with your training and can't stand a day away from the gym. Training to failure does not just stress your muscles. your immune system needs a break. 2007 . joints and connective tissues. Highly intensive training places very large amounts of stress on your body and if you fail to give the muscles adequate time to recover and heal in between workouts you will end up doing yourself more harm than good.com . this principle won't make you very happy. and taking time off is definitely one of them. The one-week training layoff also serves mental benefits as well. take 1 full week off from the gym. After all of those intense workouts for 8 straight weeks your body will be literally screaming for a small rest. it stresses your entire body. If you were paying attention in the "why less is more" section earlier on. cumulative effect on those delicate joints. Some of you will enjoy training more than others. then you already know the important role that proper recovery plays when it comes to building muscle. and if you aren't careful you may end up with an injury.www. Time off from the gym? Why would you want to do that? Well. All of those sets taken to muscular failure will have a negative.MuscleGainTruth. it will give your joints and connective tissues a much-needed break. it's fairly simple. There are many ways to prevent yourself from getting injured. First of all.
you'll probably notice that the one-week break will leave you feeling more energized. Don't worry. 2007 . you will definitely benefit from it.com . Taking a week off will help to keep you highly motivated because by the time that week is over you'll be psyched and ready to head back to the gym. stronger and more muscular than you were before.www. In fact. You can have a full week of lounging and eating instead of worrying about that dreadful leg workout a few hours away. relax and evaluate your progress in the gym. while taking time off from the gym may not seem like a good idea.All Rights Reserved Page 66 of 229 .MuscleGainTruth.The Truth About Building Muscle Chapter 3: Structuring The Perfect Workout You will be able to take a week off.
The Truth About Building Muscle Chapter 3: Structuring The Perfect Workout Total-Body Training A huge tendency of people who are just beginning a weight lifting program is to neglect certain body parts and only train their "showy" muscles. why would someone want to put more emphasis on their chest instead of their back? Is it because the chest and the bench press have somehow become a landmark for judging muscularity and strength? Is it because the chest is generally considered to be more sexually appealing to the opposite sex? The reality is that 70% of your entire upper-body muscle mass resides in your back (your lats. The point I am trying to get across is that every muscle has its own unique role in making the entire physique come together. It is very important that you don't allow yourself to fall victim to this ridiculous way of thinking and instead focus on building every muscle in your body with equal focus and intensity.All Rights Reserved Page 67 of 229 . So what makes the chest so much more important? Believe me.MuscleGainTruth. and certain muscles should not be favoured over others. spinal erectors and rhomboids). For example. I'm not saying that a big back is more important than a big chest. The goal is to gain as much muscle size and strength as possible and that means training your entire body. The biceps are no more important than the triceps just as the shoulders are no more important than the lats. as they both contribute equally to the overall package. Focus on developing every muscle equally in order to end up with a complete and symmetrical body. They'll put all of their effort into select muscle groups that people tend to notice the most such as chest. 2007 . traps.www.com . It is extremely important to try and develop each muscle to its maximum potential. having a well developed back will make you appear much larger and more muscular than a well developed chest will. biceps and abs.
www. Having thick. Being huge means being huge everywhere and it is extremely important that you strive to remain as balanced as you can from head to toe. As you already know. 2007 .com . Still don't feel like training legs? Well. I cannot even begin to stress how costly a mistake this really is. Everyone is so hell-bent on having a wide. thick and ripped lower-body sitting underneath a small. muscular upper body who look like they're walking on a pair of toothpicks. I'll simply lay out the points for you to see… 1) It looks ridiculous. muscular thighs and calves is equally as impressive as a thick.MuscleGainTruth. what if I told you that training your lower body will make your upper body grow as well? You might think it was nothing more than a cheap tactic to get you into the squat rack. Imagine if the situation were reversed: a wide. I think you can imagine how terrible that would look. Instead of rambling on and on about why you should place equal focus on your legs.The Truth About Building Muscle Chapter 3: Structuring The Perfect Workout Leg Training In no area is this lack of training equality more prominent than in most people's legs.All Rights Reserved Page 68 of 229 . it's the truth. Lower body training is just as important as upper body training and if you are too lazy or just don't care about training your legs your entire physique will suffer. If your body feels that it is in potentially life threatening danger it will respond accordingly by increasing the size and strength of your muscles. We've all seen it: guys with a massive. building muscle is all about forcing your body to adapt to the stress placed upon it. thick upper body that they forget about the other half of their muscles down below. This is an absolutely ridiculous look and takes huge credibility away from the entire physique. smooth and undeveloped upperbody. but believe me. 2) Your upper-body will benefit. back and arms. muscular chest.
but are also a product of overall. Remember this the next time you are performing an all-out set of squats (the most demanding exercise to perform in my opinion). The muscle gains that you achieve in the gym are not merely a product of localized growth. I think it's safe to say that a leg workout is about twice as hard as a chest workout is. total-body growth resulting from total-body stress.MuscleGainTruth. I experienced a huge spurt in upper body growth. and boy was I selling myself short! When I eventually got my head out of my ass and focused on heavy squatting. 2007 . you'll be pleasantly surprised with the upper body results you can achieve. As you already know. Remember that you will be increasing the muscle mass in your lower body as well as your upper body. building muscle is all about training for strength and so naturally this spill-over effect will serve you very well.com . dips. There was a period of time when I cut leg training out of my program.The Truth About Building Muscle Chapter 3: Structuring The Perfect Workout In no way can this artificial life-threatening stress be more easily achieved than through a hard. thus resulting in total body gains. The difficulty of these leg workouts will have an anabolic effect on your entire body by causing increases in important muscle building hormones such as testosterone and growth hormone. intense leg workout. rows and chin-ups.All Rights Reserved Page 69 of 229 . but your strength will shoot through the roof as well. Heavy leg training produces a total-body "spill-over" effect that will increase your strength in important lifts such as presses. the more muscle you will build. Remember. Not only does heavy leg training result in upper body size gains. the more weight you can lift. If you've already been training for some time but aren't incorporating heavy leg work into your routine. I probably gained a solid 10 pounds and had stretch marks on my shoulders and back to prove it! 3) Total-body strength. Once you start training consistently you'll very quickly find that leg workouts are much more difficult to perform than any upper body workout.www.
The importance of leg training cannot be understated.com . and if you've already been training for a while then this will get you back on the right path.MuscleGainTruth. As much as you might not care about the size of your legs. 3 great reasons to train your legs hard and heavy. 2007 .www. they are an extremely important piece of the overall puzzle and should be trained with equal focus and intensity to ensure maximal gains in totalbody size and strength.All Rights Reserved Page 70 of 229 . If you're just beginning to workout then this will start you off on the right path.The Truth About Building Muscle Chapter 3: Structuring The Perfect Workout So there you have it.
I mean think about it.www. Your arms will not experience any appreciable size gains until you pack a decent amount of muscle onto your chest and back. your arms will always follow along. are another area that tend to be given special priority over everything else. Remember. focus on total-body training and everything else will fall into place.com . Arms. The reality is that building huge.The Truth About Building Muscle Chapter 3: Structuring The Perfect Workout Arm Training Another mistake most "newbie" lifers make is placing way too much focus and emphasis on direct arm movements. if anything to do with direct arm movements. particularly the biceps. muscular arms has very little. By the time you finish a chest or back workout your arms will have received more than enough stress to effectively stimulate new growth.All Rights Reserved Page 71 of 229 . The best way to effectively stimulate arm growth is to focus on heavy chest and back training. every pressing movement for the chest and shoulders also stresses the triceps while every pulling movement for the back also stresses the biceps. 2007 . They'll slave away on endless sets of barbell curls and tricep pushdowns in the hope of developing a massive set of guns. is it realistic that someone who weighs 160 pounds would have 18 inch arms? Of course not. As you progress in weight and reps on your basic upper body compound lifts.MuscleGainTruth. So once again.
Over-development of certain muscles could potentially lead to chronic problems that may eventually result in injury. 2007 . if someone were to put more emphasis on pushing movements rather than pulling movements their shoulders would begin hunching forward.All Rights Reserved Page 72 of 229 . It should now be pretty clear to you why total-body training is so important. For example. All you have to do is make sure you follow them to a T. Not only is total-body training beneficial to the overall appearance of your body but it will help to keep you injury-free as well.www.MuscleGainTruth. Or if one was to neglect abdominal training they would end up with core instability and could very easily sustain a lower back injury. This will enable you to make the best size and strength gains possible while maintaining overall balance and protecting yourself against injuries.The Truth About Building Muscle Chapter 3: Structuring The Perfect Workout Strength Imbalances Another very important reason to train every muscle equally is to avoid developing strength imbalances and postural problems. You won't have to worry about juggling all of the exercises to balance everything out as I have already made the workouts for you. This would eventually lead to a strength imbalance and could cause rotator cuff problems.com .
www. Straps can be used on basically every back exercise or any lift where the grip is of concern. This eliminates your grip from the equation and allows you to place all of your emphasis on the targeted muscles. I’m going to close this section out with a couple more important points… 2007 . these are basically just a set of thick straps which are placed around your wrists and then wrapped around the barbell/dumbbell. but one piece of gym equipment I would definitely recommend is a high quality set of lifting straps.The Truth About Building Muscle Chapter 3: Structuring The Perfect Workout Lifting Straps You don't need to buy a lifting belt. you could use them for a heavy set of barbell shrugs to focus all of your attention on the traps instead of worrying about your grip giving out. They will definitely increase the quality of your workouts by enabling you to lift more weight and by shifting the stress to where it counts. Some lifters argue against the use of straps by calling them a "crutch" and claiming that they negatively affect the development of grip strength. For example.MuscleGainTruth. So what? What would you rather have: greater muscle mass in your lats and upper back. For those of you who are new to working out. or greater ability to open a jar of pickles? Take your pick. workout gloves or lifting chalk.All Rights Reserved Page 73 of 229 . Besides. Your goal should be to maximize muscle gains as efficiently as possible and straps will definitely aid you in doing this. you can very easily incorporate specific exercises for grip strength if this if of concern to you.com .
The Truth About Building Muscle Chapter 3: Structuring The Perfect Workout The Gym is NOT A Place to Socialize! When you enter the gym. As was stated before. chatting with a friend or staring at the fitness chick on the stairmaster. a machine that is there to execute the same tasks over and over.MuscleGainTruth. your mind should immediately focus on the next set to come. Instead. Why are you there? To break down as much muscle fiber as you possibly can by training as hard your body will allow. as mental focus and intensity begin to radically decrease. you are going to work. It is perceived as a threat.www. you should not be thinking about what you did on Friday night. your body wants to forget about weight training at all costs. your workouts will surely suffer. especially as you reach the 30-minute mark and beyond. You should not be going to the gym to chat or socialize with friends. but the gym is most definitely not one of them. Think of yourself as a robot. and as something that should be avoided. The natural tendency is for your mind to wander and begin thinking about things other than working out. If you start daydreaming. If you aren't careful it is very easy to get side-tracked and lose your focus. You should also be psyching yourself up for the discomfort that will come with it and make sure that you are ready to give a full-out effort. This is why it is absolutely crucial to maintain 100% focus throughout the entire workout. You will only be spending roughly 1% of your time there.com . You must always remember your purpose in the gym. There are plenty of places to socialize. You should be thinking about how much weight you'll need to use and how many reps you're aiming to perform. 2007 . so make it count.All Rights Reserved Page 74 of 229 . After you complete a set.
If this person easily loses focus or spends a considerable amount of time socializing or zoning out. not all training partners are created equally! This is why it's very important that you make sure this person meets some basic criteria before you make a commitment to train with them on a regular basis. Maintaining 100% focus throughout your entire workout is extremely important and you must do everything in your power to ensure that you don't let your mind wander off track. You need to have a partner who is there to perform a job and who will even keep you in check if he/she senses that your intensity is not as high as it should be. If you've lifted weights before then you know how much harder you tend to train when people are watching. This way you can feed off of each other's intensity and push one another to train at their very best. 2) They see the gym as a place to work.MuscleGainTruth. not to socialize. you wanna go tomorrow instead?" These words should never come out of your partner's mouth. 3) They are reliable. This is a great tool for cranking up your intensity in the gym. You must make sure that your partner is willing to be on time and train on the days you have agreed on.www.All Rights Reserved Page 75 of 229 . Having an intense training partner will allow you to maintain that level of effort and intensity at all times. Someone who is there for the same reasons you are and who will push you to train your hardest. Someone like this will only bring you down and decrease the quality of your workouts. 2007 . Make sure that: 1) They are there for the same reasons you are.com . "Aww man. they are definitely not someone to train with. I don't really feel like lifting today. But be careful. It is crucial that your training partner is equally as focused and driven as you are to build muscle.The Truth About Building Muscle Chapter 3: Structuring The Perfect Workout Choosing a Training Partner A great way to increase your focus and drive in the gym is to have a reliable training partner.
When your partner assists you in lifting the weight. The only time your spotter should be lightening the resistance for you is when you are just short of locking out on a specific movement and only need a very small extra push in order to complete that last rep. Having a training partner is definitely not a necessity. as the entire purpose of the exercise is to train as heavy as possible for as many reps as you possibly can.The Truth About Building Muscle Chapter 3: Structuring The Perfect Workout The main purpose of having a training partner in the first place is to push you to your limits. 4) They know how to spot. your spotter is there only to ensure that you are safe so that in the event that something went wrong during the exercise (such as pulling a muscle) you would be able to set the weights down without getting hurt. 2007 .MuscleGainTruth.All Rights Reserved Page 76 of 229 .www. not with the help of someone else. Make sure your partner is trustworthy and willing to train on a consistent basis. If I had a dollar for every time I saw someone spot their partner in a completely ridiculous fashion. This completely defeats the purpose of doing the exercise in the first place. Spotting should merely be used as a safety precaution and nothing else. all he is really doing is making the weight lighter for you. but some people benefit greatly from it. There really is no logic behind this. and that means pushing you to train on the days when you'd rather lie on the couch and watch Seinfeld reruns. Other than that. The decision is up to you. but make sure you are careful as having the wrong type of training partner may do you more harm than good.com . I'd be rich. The goal is to reach muscular failure on your own. Spotters are not there to lift the weight for you! On countless occasions I've watched spotters assisting the lifter the second the exercise gets difficult.
MuscleGainTruth. 2007 . Anymore than this will result in over-training and will prevent your body from properly recovering in between workouts. As long as you train with 100% intensity and effort you will not require any more than this.The Truth About Building Muscle Chapter 3: Structuring The Perfect Workout Chapter 3 Review 1) Always perform a proper warm-up consisting of 5 minutes of light cardio followed by 5 weight acclimation sets. 8) On the positive portion of the repetition. On the negative portion of the repetition. This phase begins with the completion of your first muscle-building set and ends with the completion of your final muscle-building set. you should only perform your next set when you feel that you are 100% recovered and can perform that set with maximum strength. lower the weight in 2-3 seconds. 5) Your workouts should be based around heavy. but not in place of the basic free-weight movements. 4) Perform 5-7 sets for large muscle groups and 2-4 sets for small muscle groups. These movements will stimulate the most muscle fiber and will have the greatest overall anabolic effect on your body. compound free-weight exercises. 3) Each specific muscle group should only be directly trained once per week. 6) After you have completed a muscle-building set.www. 2) Do not allow the hypertrophy phase to last longer than 60 minutes. but heavy enough that you cannot complete more than 7. move the weight as fast as you can while still maintaining complete control.All Rights Reserved Page 77 of 229 . This means that the weight should be light enough that you can perform at least 5 repetitions. Machines can be fairly effective as well. 7) With the exception of certain exercises.com . every muscle-building set should consist of 5 to 7 repetitions.
Behind every principle lies sound evidence and reason as to why it is so effective. This will clear out lactic acid. 12) Make sure to place equal focus and intensity on all muscle groups. Forget about all the crazy and innovative techniques you see people performing in the gym. You should not be favouring certain muscles over others.www. take 1 full week off from the gym. forget what the "latest breakthrough training method" has to say. prevent injury and help to maintain flexibility. If you follow these methods to a T you will be implementing what I believe to be the most effective and scientifically sound workout procedures ever devised. not random guessing. you've learned everything you need to know to perform an optimal muscle-building workout. The reason is because they use common sense. take 5-10 minutes to stretch the muscles you have trained. and forget about what you read in the latest issue of your favourite muscle magazine. This will allow your body to fully recuperate and will prevent overtraining. There you have it.The Truth About Building Muscle Chapter 3: Structuring The Perfect Workout 9) Breathe in as you lower the weight and breathe out as you lift it. but instead should focus on developing your physique as equally as possible. 10) When the hypertrophy phase is complete. 2007 . Why should you train for no more than 60 minutes? Cortisol.com . 13) Purchase a pair of lifting straps and use them for all back exercises or any lift where the grip is of concern. 11) After 8 continuous weeks of training.MuscleGainTruth.All Rights Reserved Page 78 of 229 . As far as workout structure is concerned. catabolism and injury prevention. All you need to do is consistently follow the guidelines set forth in the previous section and you literally cannot fail.
I didn't devise these principles myself. I never said that this book would deliver "secret muscle-building techniques uncovered for the first time in the history of mankind.com ." This is not a breakthrough. now you know. Why should you focus on compound movements? Because they stimulate the most muscle fiber and will have the greatest anabolic effect on your body.www. 2007 .The Truth About Building Muscle Chapter 3: Structuring The Perfect Workout Why should you train 3 days per week? To avoid overtraining and allow for maximal recovery.All Rights Reserved Page 79 of 229 . Well.MuscleGainTruth. this isn't rocket science. they have been around for decades upon decades upon decades! Most people are simply misinformed and have been blinded by the gigantic swarm of muscle-building nonsense which has misled them and has prevented them from understanding just how basic building muscle really is. In fact. nor is it a secret. You see.
sit back. and building muscle is no different. but the real magic takes place when you leave the gym. Increases in muscle size and strength will only take place if the body is provided with sufficient materials to carry out this process! It would be physically impossible to construct a house without bricks. You have some easy-to-follow workout guidelines and the proper knowledge to execute the best workouts of your life. Your muscles have been damaged. workout duration. intensity. and wait for gigantic gains in muscle size and strength. and the recovery process has begun. You've learned all about overload and progression. your body is in a state of breakdown. The reality is that everything you've read up until now was only.The Truth About Building Muscle Chapter 4: Optimum Muscle-Building Nutrition Chapter 4: Optimum Muscle-Building Nutrition So there you have it. rep speed.MuscleGainTruth. at most. rep range. When you are in the gym you are simply "sparking" muscle growth.com . Do you remember what your goal in the gym is? If you've been paying attention then you'd know that your purpose in the gym is to break down your muscle fibers in order to trigger an adaptive response from the body. right? Not so fast. 2007 . frequency. Your body is now in a position where it must adapt to the stress placed upon it by increasing the size and strength of the muscles. Now all you have to do is consistently apply these principles in the gym.www. volume.All Rights Reserved Page 80 of 229 . about 50% of the entire muscle-building process. exercise selection and everything in between.
You can’t have one without the other. your gains will either suffer or be non-existent. the building would remain in the same state or even become smaller and weaker. and then cannot understand why they aren't making the gains they thought they would. Do not compromise your results by brushing off the nutrition process! It is extremely important! 2007 . You train to trigger muscle growth. pay little or no attention to when and what they eat. Remember. not only do they have to repair the damage that has been done. and you carry out muscle growth by eating the proper foods at the proper times. positively crucial that you feed your muscles with the proper nutrients needed to facilitate growth. As long as the workers were unable to repair it. Do you see where I'm going with this? It is absolutely. This means providing your body with adequate amounts of high quality protein.com . and all at the proper times.All Rights Reserved Page 81 of 229 . They are equally important in the muscle-building process and if either is not up to par. How could they possibly do this without bricks.www. but they also must construct the building even larger and stronger to protect it from future damage. only furthering the damage. fats. carbohydrates. In fact. it would be physically impossible.The Truth About Building Muscle Chapter 4: Optimum Muscle-Building Nutrition Do you remember the earthquake analogy I talked about earlier? Let's go back to that. minerals and water. vitamins. They go to the gym and train their asses off. Failing to follow a proper nutrition plan would be like rescue builders attempting to reconstruct the damaged building with inadequate materials.MuscleGainTruth. It is very important that you understand that training and nutrition go hand in hand. Highly intensive training places massive amounts of stress on the body and in order for growth to occur you must ensure that you recover between workouts. cement and machines? They couldn't. Before the building could be properly repaired it would be hit by another earthquake. Nutrition is probably the most overlooked aspect of the muscle-building process and this is the area where most people fail miserably.
especially one undergoing intense resistance training. carbohydrates. then you can forget about making those impressive gains in muscle size that you promised yourself you would. if you fail to meet your nutritional requirements. However. You may actually get negative results. Studies have shown that as long as proper nutritional requirements are met. muscle mass begins to decrease almost immediately. that hard-earned muscle will wither away faster than you could imagine. as well as the macronutrients: protein. When you begin training with weights. You see. fats and water. try training without eating properly and see how far you get. In fact. as you'll create a deeper and deeper nutrient deficiency within your body. There is no point in setting foot in the gym if you are not prepared to fulfill the nutritional needs of your body after you leave. By the end of this section you will be equipped with all of the necessary knowledge needed to execute an incredibly effective nutrition plan and make the best gains you possibly can. You'll learn about the importance of calories. 2007 . If you become lazy and let your diet slip. Natural processes within your body require a certain amount of protein. This is yet another reason why nutrition is so extremely important. has much higher nutritional requirements than the average Joe who doesn't exercise at all. it doesn't matter what you eat. your body will have to use a large amount of these nutrients to deal with the damaged muscles on top of its natural everyday requirements. your body already has nutritional requirements in place simply to sustain life.MuscleGainTruth.The Truth About Building Muscle Chapter 4: Optimum Muscle-Building Nutrition If you aren't going to eat properly. Nothing could be farther from the truth! If you exercise it matters even more what you eat! An active body. carbohydrates and fats everyday. the body will preserve its lean mass for up to 3 weeks.All Rights Reserved Page 82 of 229 . Even after you have gained a considerable amount of muscle you will still need to continue to eat properly to maintain it. Many people consider nutrition to be even more important than what we do in the gym.com . A common misconception is that as long as you exercise.www.
Let's begin. because what you are about to read is critical to your results. 2007 . but rather only what you need to know.All Rights Reserved Page 83 of 229 .com . Now pay attention. The goal of this section is not to teach you everything there is to know about nutrition.www.MuscleGainTruth. Everything will be explained in a fairly straightforward manner and things will not get overly complicated.The Truth About Building Muscle Chapter 4: Optimum Muscle-Building Nutrition I'll also talk a bit about the detrimental effects of alcohol and why it should be avoided.
and told you that it was the single most important principle to follow in the gym? Well. all the time.MuscleGainTruth. even when you don't feel like it. Constantly supplying your body with proper muscle-building nutrients is so absolutely critical to gaining mass that it cannot be overly stressed.All Rights Reserved Page 84 of 229 . because if you don't. at LEAST every 3 hours. 2007 . or you can kiss your muscle gains goodbye! By now you should be catching my drift. Are you ready? You must supply your body with proper muscle-building nutrients every 2-3 hours! Read that sentence again.The Truth About Building Muscle Chapter 4: Optimum Muscle-Building Nutrition Anabolism Vs. everyday. Here's another way of putting it: Every 2-3 hours you must supply your body with proper muscle-building nutrients! Still not sinking in? Your body should be fed at least every 2-3 hours with proper muscle-building nutrients! One last time. Eat lots. so does this one.com . now I am going to explain the most important principle to follow when it comes to nutrition.www. your gains will be greatly reduced. It is so absolutely important that you always abide by this guideline. Catabolism Remember at the very beginning of this book when I introduced you to intensity and progression. Just as intensity and progression tie into the body's natural evolutionary tendencies.
If your body is not fed.www. not everyone has this privilege! Our ancient ancestors certainly couldn't cruise down to the local grocery store and fill their bags with food whenever they wanted.com . and humans had to be able to endure periods of time with little or no food. You see. our bodies created natural processes to maximize our ability to sustain life without food. When you don't eat. But believe it or not. bad things in terms of muscle growth begin to happen. your stomach growls at you and you feel uncomfortable. If your body does not receive the protein it needs from the food you eat. the majority of you reading this right now are lucky enough to have the privilege of being able to eat whenever you are hungry. it will begin tapping into its storage rooms and break down muscle tissue to utilize the proteins. a giant red light begins flashing within your body. so you pop open the fridge or cupboard to satisfy your body's needs. Food was not a readily available source.MuscleGainTruth. One of the mechanisms that has allowed us to survive for longer periods of time without food is called "catabolism". You must avoid this state at all costs! 2007 . it all ties into evolution and adaptation. Like I said before.The Truth About Building Muscle Chapter 4: Optimum Muscle-Building Nutrition What is so important about doing this? Well. Your body is in need of a continual supply of protein in order to complete its own natural processes and your muscles are basically a giant protein storage room. your body doesn't know that there is a plate of steak and potatoes waiting for you in the fridge. Catabolism (in regards to bodybuilding) basically refers to the breakdown of muscle proteins for use within the body. Your metabolism slows down. and your body goes into "starvation mode" as a natural evolutionary response. every single action that goes on within your body is centered around the ultimate goal of keeping you alive and healthy. being the finely tuned and adaptive organism that we are.All Rights Reserved Page 85 of 229 . This is not a good thing! When you are in a catabolic state. So. Remember.
2-3 hours without protein -> Catabolism is triggered -> Muscle size decreases 2007 . and continue to build and repair the damage inflicted from your workouts. Your body will stay out of starvation mode. The only way to make sure of this and keep the green light for muscle growth flashing is to continually supply your body with high quality protein every 2-3 hours. leave your hard-earned muscle tissue alone.www.All Rights Reserved Page 86 of 229 . you must always ensure that your body is in an anabolic state (fed). in order to ensure that your muscle proteins are left intact.MuscleGainTruth.com .The Truth About Building Muscle Chapter 4: Optimum Muscle-Building Nutrition Instead.
A lot of people complain about this aspect of building muscle and claim that "they don't have time" to prepare and eat so many meals. vegetables. grazing will keep your fat burning metabolism raised and will decrease the storage of excess body fat. and will end up forcing your body into starvation mode for long periods at a time. there's a way. As I said before. one meal might consist of a simple protein shake and a bowl of oatmeal. Not only will eating frequently keep your body in a muscle-building state throughout the entire day.The Truth About Building Muscle Chapter 4: Optimum Muscle-Building Nutrition 5-7 Meals Per Day Eating every 2-3 hours means that on any given day you will need to consume anywhere from 5-7 meals. a soup and a salad." From a physiological standpoint.www.All Rights Reserved Page 87 of 229 . I know it sounds like a lot of work. In addition.. mashed potatoes.MuscleGainTruth. Your body will be able to easily deal with these small meals and extract full value from the nutrients consumed. Although you will be eating much more frequently than you are used to. Eating only 3 times per day leaves huge catabolic gaps between meals.. 2007 . Because of this it is a much better idea to "graze" throughout the day and supply your body with a continual stream of nutrients which can be used to facilitate growth.com . Trust me. it's very important to keep your body in an anabolic state where muscle growth and repair can occur at all times. I am not referring to a full 5 course plate filled with steak. this is definitely not the best approach for building muscle or for overall health. You need to rid yourself of the conventional approach of "3 square meals a day. the actual volume of food at each sitting will be smaller. But just like anything else in life. you'll get used to it. I know what you're thinking. This means eating 5-7 meals every single day. For example. and at first it is. where there's a will. but having smaller meals also allows for a much more efficient digestion process. "5-7 meals every single day?! That's impossible! I can't eat that much!" The key thing to understand here is that when I say "meal".
As your body adapts to the increased meal frequency. but what exactly should these meals consist of? Well. nutrition is an absolutely vital part of the muscle-building process. but rather a way of life. Don't worry if you have a small appetite and can't seem to eat very much at one sitting. you must first acquire some basic nutritional knowledge. you will then be able to make small increases in the volume until your total daily requirements are met.MuscleGainTruth. As you can clearly see.www. you now know that you must eat 5-7 small meals per day. Again.The Truth About Building Muscle Chapter 4: Optimum Muscle-Building Nutrition As long as you plan your day out properly anyone can squeeze in at least 5 small meals. spaced every 2-3 hours.com . Let's begin! 2007 . I'm going to teach you about: 1) Calories 2) Protein 3) Carbohydrates 4) Fats 5) Water 6) Alcohol You'll learn about the important role (or detrimental role) they play in maintaining a muscle-building environment within the body and I'll provide you with a simple method to calculate your daily needs.All Rights Reserved Page 88 of 229 . The most important thing at first is to make large jumps in the frequency at which you eat. Even though you'll only spend a few hours in the gym each week. it's not as hard as it sounds and after a few weeks it will no longer be something that you have to think about. eating properly is something that must be monitored at every waking hour of the day. So. After you've been doing it for a while it will no longer become a chore. Great. not necessarily the volume. but rather something that you just do. to understand why you will be eating certain foods and avoiding others.
Everyone wants to count them and cut them. 1 gram of Protein = 4 calories 1 gram of Carbs = 4 calories 1 gram of Fat = 9 calories The most important thing to understand when it comes to calories and building muscle is this: In order to gain muscular weight. If you burn more calories than you consume. and almost every food item we buy has the amount of calories listed somewhere on the package. If you fail to consume more calories than you burn. body type and the amount of lean muscle mass we posses. This doesn't mean that you can gorge yourself on big macs (which contain about 560 calories each). you will NOT gain weight. plain and simple. body temperature. simply put. If you consume the same amount of calories that you burn. and this energy is derived from the calories that we consume through our diet.com . but not the kind of weight you're looking for! The majority of the weight you would gain from eating those foods would be fat. But does anyone really know what a calorie is? Well.All Rights Reserved Page 89 of 229 . 2007 . your bodyweight will stay the same. Our bodies receive calories by consuming the 3 major macronutrients: protein. ice cream cones and potato chips and expect to see great results. Factors affecting the rate of calories burned include activity level. Everyday our bodies expend a certain amount of energy. calories are fuel. So obviously in order to gain muscular body weight your caloric intake must exceed your caloric expenditure. you must consume more calories than you burn! This is nothing more than simple mathematics.The Truth About Building Muscle Chapter 4: Optimum Muscle-Building Nutrition Calories Everyone is always talking about calories. you will lose body weight.MuscleGainTruth. You'll gain weight all right. carbohydrates and fats.www.
that is... 2007 . What do you think would be a better approach to building muscle. water or muscle. lose weight or maintain the same weight. So the key for you is to consume more calories than you burn and from the proper muscle-building sources. and in this section we're going to examine 3 of them.All Rights Reserved Page 90 of 229 . How many calories should you consume each day? The basic idea when trying to figure out your daily caloric intake is this… 1) Determine your caloric maintenance level. how many calories you require daily in order to simply maintain your weight. and in order to see increases in lean muscle mass you consume the right types of calories. 2) The types of calories that you consume will determine what kind of body weight you gain. There are many different methods that can be used to determine this. 2) Add 300-500 calories to your maintenance level. not all calories are created equally. whether it be fat. methods #2 and #3 are probably best. but for the most accurate reading. This will create the necessary caloric surplus within your body to facilitate muscle growth. consuming 150 grams of fat or 150 grams of protein? Here’s the bottom line when it comes to calories… 1) The raw number of calories that you consume each day will determine whether you gain weight.MuscleGainTruth.The Truth About Building Muscle Chapter 4: Optimum Muscle-Building Nutrition Remember.www.com . 1) The Basic Multiplier (least accurate) 2) The Harris-Benedict Formula (more accurate) 3) The Katch-McArdle Formula (most accurate) Any of these 3 methods is acceptable in the majority of situations.
The Truth About Building Muscle Chapter 4: Optimum Muscle-Building Nutrition On the following pages I'm going to explain each individual method and how to use it in order to determine your daily caloric intake. It's really that simple. The Basic Multiplier is simply a matter of multiplying your current bodyweight by a set number. sex or activity level. this method will usually work fine. 150 x 17 = 2550 150 x 20 = 3000 Daily caloric intake should be 2550-3000 calories.All Rights Reserved Page 91 of 229 . In order to create a caloric surplus that supports muscle growth. 1) The Basic Multiplier Although this is a very straightforward and basic method.. methods #2 and #3 will be more accurate. this usually means around 17-20. in the majority of situations it will work just fine for average trainees with average body types.www. Your Bodyweight x 17-20 So if you weigh 150 pounds. it would look like this. 2007 .MuscleGainTruth. For average trainees with average body weight and activity levels. The drawback to this method is that it doesn't take into account individual factors such as lean body mass.com . height. For those who do not have an "average" build (starting more on the overweight side or more muscular side) and who do not have "average" activity levels..
age and activity level into account on top of your basic bodyweight.com . This does not include extra activities such as weight training or playing sports. You should then take your caloric maintenance level and add 300-500 calories to that number in order to create a caloric surplus that supports muscle growth. So. right? It really isn't. digesting food.All Rights Reserved Page 92 of 229 . and I'm now going to outline step-by-step how to calculate all of this.The Truth About Building Muscle Chapter 4: Optimum Muscle-Building Nutrition 2) The Harris-Benedict Formula This is the second most accurate method and is superior to the Basic Multiplier because it takes height. The first goal with this method is to determine your Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR). Once you have figured out your BMR. sex.MuscleGainTruth..www. regulating body temperature etc. 2007 . you can then plug it into the Activity Multiplier (how active you are on a daily basis) in order to determine your Caloric Maintenance Level.. the BMR is for natural processes such as breathing.. 1) Determine your basal metabolic rate 2) Find your caloric maintenance level by multiplying basal metabolic rate by the activity multiplier 3) Add 300-500 calories to your caloric maintenance level to find your daily caloric intake Sounds complicated.. once again. Your basal metabolic rate is the total number of calories that your body requires to perform all of its natural daily functions.
725 (intense exercise: 6-7 days a week) Extremely Active = BMR X 1.8 X height in cm) .7 X age in years) Take that number and multiply it by.8 X age in years) Women: 655 + (9.7 X bodyweight in kg) + (5 X height in cm) .All Rights Reserved Page 93 of 229 ..2 (little to no exercise) Lightly Active = BMR X 1.6 X bodyweight in kg) + (1.The Truth About Building Muscle Chapter 4: Optimum Muscle-Building Nutrition Calculating The Harris-Benedict Formula Calculating Basal Metabolic Rate Men: 66 + (13.55 (moderate exercise: 3-5 days a week) Very active = BMR X 1.9 (intense daily exercise and strenuous physical job) Take that number and add 300-500 to it in order to determine daily caloric intake.www..MuscleGainTruth. I’ve provided an example of this formula on the following page to make it even more clear… 2007 .(6.375 (light exercise: 1-3 days a week) Moderately Active = BMR X 1.com .(4. Activity Multiplier Sedentary = BMR X 1.
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In case you're a bit confused, here is an example of how to plug all of this information in. We'll use Bob as our example. Bob weighs 68 kg, he is 177.8 cm tall, he's 25 years old and is moderately active. First we determine Bob's Basal Metabolic Rate... BMR = 66 + 931.6 + 889 - 170 = 1717 Bob's basal metabolic rate is 1717 calories. This is the number of calories that he requires daily in order for his normal bodily processes to be carried out. We'll now take his activity level into account by multiplying his BMR by the appropriate activity multiplier. 1717 (BMR) x 1.55 (moderately active) = 2661 This means that Bob needs to consume 2661 calories daily in order to maintain his weight. In order to create a caloric surplus that supports muscle growth, he needs to add 300-500 calories to this maintenance level. 2661 + 300 = 2961 2661 + 500 = 3161 Bob's daily intake should be 2961-3161 calories.
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This is the most accurate formula of all because it takes into account the specific individual factor of lean body mass, and this will result in a more accurate Basal Metabolic Rate reading. The Harris-Benedict formula outlined on the previous pages is a great method and will be accurate in almost all situations, but still has one drawback in that it doesn't take lean body mass into account. This is fine for most people, but for those who have a high amount of body fat or a high amount of muscle it will not be as accurate. If you've had your lean body mass tested (testing lean body mass is beyond the scope of this book, and there are a ton of different methods used for this) then you can use the following formula to get the most accurate reading of all. BMR = 370 + (21.6 X lean mass in kg) You can then multiply your BMR by the Activity Multiplier in order to figure out your caloric maintenance level. (Refer back to the Harris-Benedict formula for the activity multiplier) You should then add 300-500 calories to that number in order to figure out your daily caloric intake for muscle growth. It's really as simple as that.
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Hopefully you now have a solid grasp of how caloric intake works and how to calculate it in order to reach your goals. Any of the 3 methods outlined in this section will usually work fine, and you probably won't see a huge variance between them. Here is a very quick overview... 1) You must consume more calories than you burn in order to support muscle growth. 2) The raw number of calories that you consume daily will determine whether you gain weight or lose weight while the types of calories that you consume will determine what kind of body weight you gain or lose. 3) The most accurate method for determining caloric intake is to figure out how many calories you require daily in order to maintain your current weight, and then adding an additional 300-500 calories on top of that number. These extra calories will keep you in an anabolic, muscle-building state throughout the day. Let's now go more indepth and talk about the specific macronutrients and food sources where these calories should be derived from. We'll be talking specifically about Protein, Carbohydrates and Fats. Let's get started...
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Protein is without a doubt the absolute most vital and important nutrient for those trying to increase their muscle size and strength. Protein is a macromolecule that is made up of a chain of smaller monomers called amino acids. After you consume and digest protein it will eventually be broken down into individual amino acids to be used for literally thousands of functions throughout your body. Almost every single process within your body that is geared towards building muscle mass relies heavily on this all-too important nutrient. Next to water it is the most abundant bodily substance and can be found in every single one of the trillions of cells you are made up of. It is also critical in the production of enzymes, blood health and proper immune system function. Above all, it is responsible for the growth and repair of damaged muscle tissue. Quite simply, if you do not provide your body with sufficient amounts of protein, building muscle will be next to impossible. If your body were a house, consider protein to be the bricks. Your body already needs protein for natural everyday processes, so your consumption of protein must increase as you train with weights. If you want to build a significant amount of muscle mass, you must pay close attention to how much protein you are consuming each day! If you aren't consuming the proper amount of protein from the right foods, the musclebuilding process cannot take place. How much protein should you be consuming everyday? For optimal gains in muscle size and strength, protein should make up 40% of your total caloric intake. You can calculate this number by taking your daily caloric intake, multiplying it by 0.4 (this will tell you what 40% of your caloric intake represents), and then dividing that number by 4 (since protein contains 4 calories per gram).
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com .4 = 1200 (The number of daily calories that should come from protein) 1200 / 4 = 300 (The number of grams of protein that should be consumed daily) What are some good sources of protein to include in your diet? Well.www.. Protein sources are ranked according to the "biological value scale" which compares their availability within the body.6 grams is actually saturated fat. but it is also rich in vitamins and minerals (which we’ll talk about later). hardboiled or fried making for a great breakfast food. 2007 .MuscleGainTruth. Don't worry too much about the BV scale because all of the protein sources recommended in this program have their own unique benefits. Eggs Eggs rank highest on the BV scale and are an excellent protein source to have in your diet. A lot of people shy away from eggs because of their "high fat" content. and you will be consuming a variety of them. Eggs are an excellent muscle-building food and should play an important role in your overall diet.. Not only does one whole egg contains about 6 grams of high quality protein.The Truth About Building Muscle Chapter 4: Optimum Muscle-Building Nutrition So. The white part of the egg contains absolutely no fat at all. only 1. Eggs are extremely versatile and can be scrambled.All Rights Reserved Page 98 of 229 . all proteins are made up of different numbers and arrangements of amino acids. but if you really look into it this claim is somewhat misleading. and although the yolk does contain 5 grams of fat. Therefore it is important to get a variety of different protein sources into your diet to ensure that you are getting adequate amounts of essential and nonessential amino acids to facilitate growth. Here is a list of "approved" whole-food protein sources. if your daily caloric intake is 3000 calories: 3000 x 0.
too much saturated fat is obviously not a good thing and therefore you should choose leaner sources of red meat such as sirloin cuts or extra lean ground beef. Poultry is an excellent bodybuilding choice and also tastes great when prepared properly. Red meat typically contains a reasonable amount of saturated fat which helps to boost testosterone levels and promote a better hormonal muscle-building environment within the body.MuscleGainTruth. Red meat contains the highest concentration of growth-supporting nutrients than any other protein source out there.All Rights Reserved Page 99 of 229 . 2007 . Poultry Chicken and turkey are another bodybuilding staple and can be used to make fajitas.www. It contains about 8 grams of protein for one cup (250ml) and can easily be added to meals to ensure that your total daily protein requirements are met. In addition to all of this. Milk also provides a great spectrum of amino acids and contains short-chain fatty acids which help to support muscle growth. Milk This is another great protein source and offers a variety of muscle-building benefits. which is the slowest absorbing form of protein available. bvitamins.com . The white portion of the meat is very low in fat and extremely high in protein. iron and zinc and should ideally make up a good portion of your total protein consumption. Milk is 80% casein protein. However. It's loaded with high amounts of natural creatine. Casein "gels" in the stomach and can take up to 4 hours to be fully digested.The Truth About Building Muscle Chapter 4: Optimum Muscle-Building Nutrition Red Meat This is an absolutely excellent protein choice and should be consumed on a regular basis. This "timed-release" effect of casein will keep your body in an anabolic state for longer periods of time and will decrease the chances of muscle catabolism setting in. milk is a great source of calcium as well as other valuable vitamins and minerals. wraps or are even tasty on their own.
Glutamine plays a large role in immunity and in preventing muscle breakdown. which.The Truth About Building Muscle Chapter 4: Optimum Muscle-Building Nutrition Fish A can of tuna is extremely cheap and will provide your body with a solid 30 grams of protein. You can add flavour to your cottage cheese by mixing it with fresh fruit such as mandarin oranges or pineapple slices. just like milk. causes it to be very slowly digested. A lot of people. peanut butter is high in fat. Peanut Butter/Peanuts A lot of people avoid peanut butter because it is "high in fat". It is a good source of protein and can be used on whole grain toast or bagels to add extra protein to your meals. Cottage cheese is also very high in natural glutamine.All Rights Reserved Page 100 of 229 . Tuna has been a bodybuilding staple for decades and can be prepared in many ways. cod and halibut are also great choices. are not crazy about the taste of tuna. Not only is fish high in protein but it also provides the body with a high amount of omega 3 fatty acids which play a crucial role in building muscle.com . It's very important that you use natural peanut butter. Since it is considered a bodybuilding supplement. This will keep your body in an anabolic state for a longer period of time. as the commercial stuff is higher in saturated fat and contains less beneficial nutrients than the natural form. Cottage Cheese Cottage cheese contains mostly casein protein. which is the most abundant amino acid in your body. 2007 .www. Salmon. Whey Protein This is the highest quality protein you can possibly put in your body. so you'll have to be creative with it in order to make it taste good. zero carbs and zero fat. but the majority of this fat is unsaturated and is actually beneficial to your health. Peanut butter is very calorie-dense and will leave you feeling full and satisfied. myself included. Yes. its benefits will be covered in the supplement section later on in the book.MuscleGainTruth.
Luncheon Meats .Sausage .The Truth About Building Muscle Chapter 4: Optimum Muscle-Building Nutrition Here are some protein sources that you should avoid ingesting high amounts of: . 2007 .www. If too much soy is consumed it could have a negative effect on the muscle-building process and could also lead to an increased risk in gynecomastia.Ham .Whole Milk .All Rights Reserved Page 101 of 229 .Cheese I would also recommend that you avoid ingesting too much soy protein (found in soy milk or soy nuts) as this type of protein has been shown to elevate estrogen levels and lower testosterone.High fat ground beef .MuscleGainTruth.com .Bacon .
You see. the end result would be the same. Table sugar. it is much more accurate to make your carbohydrate choices based on their position on the glycemic index. and testosterone.www. They also stimulate the secretion of insulin from the pancreas. this nutrient is still very important in the muscle-building process. They also help to maintain an optimal hormonal environment in your body by increasing levels of insulin. The main function of carbohydrates is to provide fuel for your muscles and brain.MuscleGainTruth.The Truth About Building Muscle Chapter 4: Optimum Muscle-Building Nutrition Carbohydrates Although lean muscle tissue is not made of carbohydrates. Consumption of high glycemic carbohydrates will result in a rapid rise in energy. carbohydrates are sugar. If the glucose is not needed in the bloodstream to be used for energy. Every meal should include some carbohydrates. 2007 . it is converted to "glycogen" which is stored in the liver and muscle tissue for later use. your body is always working to maintain a balanced state.All Rights Reserved Page 102 of 229 . it will always be broken down into its simplest form: glucose. followed by a sharp decline. The liver and muscle tissue basically acts as a "bank" and keep the glycogen stored until the body needs it.com . jelly. white rice and white bread are all examples of high glycemic carbohydrates. No matter what type of carbohydrate you eat. When it all comes down to it. as they will aid in the absorption of protein and also help to prevent catabolism. Rather than classifying carbohydrates using the traditional method of "simple" or "complex". High Glycemic Carbohydrates High glycemic carbohydrates are those that are broken down and absorbed in the bloodstream very quickly. and whenever this balance is disturbed your body will work to ensure that it is back to normal. IGF-1. If you were to swallow a tablespoon full of sugar or eat a plate full of spaghetti noodles. Sufficient carbohydrate consumption will also help to ensure that your daily caloric requirements are met. The glycemic index ranks how fast the sugars are broken down and absorbed in the bloodstream.
yogurt and apples. or it will store the glucose in your muscle tissue and liver as glycogen. When you consume high glycemic carbohydrates. Because of this.All Rights Reserved Page 103 of 229 . So unless your goal is to get fat. The consumption of high glycemic carbohydrates in the post workout period will be discussed later on.www. it should be avoided at all other times. and this is a great opportunity to increase nutrient uptake into your muscles. Consuming high glycemic carbohydrates in the morning is a good idea because your blood sugar levels are already low.The Truth About Building Muscle Chapter 4: Optimum Muscle-Building Nutrition When you consume high glycemic carbohydrates you are causing an imbalance in your body's blood sugar levels. While an insulin spike can play an important role in the morning and during the few hours after you workout. If glycogen supplies are full.MuscleGainTruth. Remember. (your body will typically store 90 grams in the liver and 200 grams in the muscle tissue) your body will deposit the glucose into your fat cells. 2007 . Insulin's job is to drive nutrients into the body cells in an attempt to level this imbalance out. you "spike" your insulin. Your body will either use this glucose immediately as an energy source. This is because spiking your insulin at any other time will cause your body to deposit the excess blood sugars into the fat cells.com . This will keep your energy levels constant and will prevent your body from storing excess body fat. This favourable carbohydrate form is broken down slowly and will provide your body with a gradual release of sugars. This will provide your body with a steady stream of sugars throughout the day without large fluctuations in insulin levels. this is something you should try to avoid. Low Glycemic Carbohydrates The majority of the carbohydrates in your diet should consist of the low glycemic variety. every carbohydrate that you eat will eventually be broken down into glucose. Examples of low glycemic carbohydrates are things like whole grains. low glycemic carbohydrates do not have a drastic effect on insulin and blood sugar levels. oatmeal.
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The goal of carbohydrate consumption is to eat just enough to fully fuel your tasks for the day without going overboard. How much is enough? Carbohydrates should make up 35% of your total caloric intake. You can calculate this number by taking your daily caloric intake, multiplying it by 0.35 (this will tell you what 35% of your caloric intake represents), and then dividing that number by 4 (since carbohydrates contains 4 calories per gram). So, if your daily caloric intake is 3000 calories: 3000 x 0.35 = 1050 (The number of daily calories that should come from carbohydrates) 1200 / 4 = 263 (The number of grams of carbohydrates that should be consumed daily) On the following page is an example of a glycemic index chart to give you an idea of the types of foods that are low glycemic and high glycemic. Don't get too obsessed with the numbers but just remember that a good portion of your diet should come from foods on the medium to lower end of the scale. A GI of 55 or less ranks as low, a GI of 56 to 69 is medium, and a GI of 70 or more ranks as high…
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Pound cake Danish pastry Muffin (unsweetened) Cake, tart Cake, angel Croissant Waffles Soya milk Apple juice Carrot juice Pineapple juice Grapefruit juice Orange juice Digestives Shortbread Water biscuits Ryvita Wafer biscuits Rice cakes Multi grain bread Whole grain Pita bread, white Pizza, cheese Hamburger bun Rye-flour bread Whole meal bread White bread White rolls Baguette All-Bran Porridge, non instant Oat bran Muesli Mini Wheats (wholemeal) Shredded Wheat Golden Grahams Puffed wheat Weetabix Rice Krispies Cornflakes Pearl barley Low Medium Medium Medium Medium Medium High
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Yam Sweet potato Potato, boiled Potato, new Potato, tinned Beetroot Potato, steamed Potato, mashed Chips Potato, micro waved Potato, instant Potato, baked Parsnips Peanuts M&Ms (peanut) Snickers bar Chocolate bar; 30g Jams and marmalades Crisps Popcorn Mars bar Table sugar (sucrose) Corn chips Jelly beans Pretzels Dates Tomato soup, tinned Lentil soup, tinned Black bean soup, tinned Green pea soup, tinned Artichoke Asparagus Broccoli Cauliflower Celery Cucumber Eggplant Green beans Lettuce, all varieties Low-fat yogurt, artificially sweetened Peppers, all varieties Snow peas Spinach Young summer squash Tomatoes Zucchini Soya beans, boiled Peas, dried Kidney beans, boiled
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2007 .www. can have long-term negative health effects. Fiber is also beneficial in its "timed release" effect on the food you eat. and this can be accomplished by consuming adequate amounts of fiber each day. This is why it is very important to ensure that foods are moving along smoothly through your digestive system. which. It is actually a carbohydrate but because of its chemical structure it is indigestible to humans. This will also keep your body in an anabolic state for longer and decrease the chances of muscle catabolism setting in. they become "gelled" in your stomach and slow down the rate at which foods are moved from your stomach to your small intestine. Our enzymes simply cannot break this nutrient down into its basic glucose monomers and therefore it remains completely intact as it travels through your body. It is most well known for its ability to produce regular bowel movements. fiber has also been known to lower blood sugar levels. Why is this so important to us? Well. Along with its digestive benefits. When you consume foods containing fiber. even though it is considered "nonessential". although not immediately harmful.The Truth About Building Muscle Chapter 4: Optimum Muscle-Building Nutrition Fiber Fiber is found in the cell walls of plants and plays an important role in proper digestion and in promoting overall health.MuscleGainTruth. So if it can't be broken down.All Rights Reserved Page 109 of 229 .com . what makes it so important? Well. By slowing down the transfer of food to the small intestine your body will be able to extract the nutrients much more efficiently. The small intestine is where most nutrients are absorbed and pumped into the bloodstream. you will be consuming a considerable amount of animal meat. it still plays an integral role in your overall diet. If meat stays in your digestive tract for too long it can produce toxins. since you are trying to build as much muscle as possible.
com . vegetables.www. oat bran. How much fiber should you consume each day? Of your total carbohydrate consumption.The Truth About Building Muscle Chapter 4: Optimum Muscle-Building Nutrition This will result in a more gradual release of sugars into the bloodstream which will decrease the chances of unnecessary insulin spikes and fat storage.All Rights Reserved Page 110 of 229 . Some good sources of this nutrient are fruits. grains and psyllium. beans.MuscleGainTruth. around 25-35 grams of that should be fiber. 2007 . This will also allow your body to increase its natural production of this powerful anabolic hormone without having to increase the consumption of simple carbohydrates.
they do offer certain benefits such as their mood-enhancing effect and their ability to improve brain and nervous system function. otherwise known as the "good" fats. While your consumption of saturated fats should be fairly limited. Fats are typically found in animal and vegetable tissue and come in two basic forms: saturated and unsaturated. Not all fats are created equally though. The saturated fats (which generally come from animal meats) are solid at room temperature while the oils (derived from plants) are liquid. If you've been paying attention then you'll notice that that's more than twice the amount of calories of protein or carbohydrates. Fats are the most dense energy source available and provide your body with 9 calories for every gram. For decades we've been told to follow a low-fat diet for fear of high cholesterol levels and obesity.The Truth About Building Muscle Chapter 4: Optimum Muscle-Building Nutrition Fats For those trying to add as much muscular weight as possible while limiting their body fat.www. Saturated fats are generally considered to be the "unhealthy" fats.com . Well.MuscleGainTruth. you can stop being afraid of fats because the reality is that they play a very important role in the muscle-building process and overall health in general. Unsaturated fats are derived from sources such as fatty fish (like salmon). avocados.All Rights Reserved Page 111 of 229 . this nutrient may come as a bit of a scare. dark leafy vegetables . 2007 . Although they do have certain benefits. Saturated fats also play an important role in the production and maintenance of testosterone. All in all you should try to limit your intake of saturated fats and instead focus on unsaturated fats. nuts. saturated fats can have a fairly significant negative effect on heart health and cholesterol levels. and the important factor here is that you consume the right types of fat and in the right amounts. Because fats yield such a high number of calories you can only consume smaller amounts before your caloric intake shoots too high. seeds and liquids such as flaxseed oil and olive oil. Everywhere you go you'll see ads for "low-fat" foods as we have been taught to avoid this nutrient at all costs.
The Truth About Building Muscle Chapter 4: Optimum Muscle-Building Nutrition They are a great source of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids.MuscleGainTruth. I'll talk about that later on in the supplement section. 2007 . hey? Well. which play many important roles in muscle building and in overall health. 3) Improve insulin action: this will drive higher amounts of muscle-building nutrients into your cells. In addition.com . 2) Increase growth hormone secretion: another very important anabolic hormone. 5) Increase nitrogen retention: since protein is the only macromolecule that contains nitrogen. How are essential fatty acids beneficial to those trying to build muscle? Well.www. The reason they are referred to as being "essential" is because our bodies cannot produce them on their own and therefore they must be consumed through our diets. 4) Improve energy production of cells: this will give you more energy and strength in the gym. A great way of doing this is to add flaxseed oil and extra virgin olive oil to your diet. I use a tablespoon of each in the morning and again at night. unsaturated fats regulate blood pressure. and since muscles are a major storage area for protein.All Rights Reserved Page 112 of 229 . so make sure you keep your unsaturated fat intake high. fight inflammation and also help to maintain the strength of the immune system. They help to lower bad cholesterol levels and play an important role in proper brain and central nervous system function. Sounds pretty good. 6) Improve metabolism: this will result in lower gains in body fat. increased nitrogen retention indicates an increase in lean muscle mass. how about this: 1) Increase testosterone production: testosterone is the most important musclebuilding hormone in your body. it is.
and unsaturated fat intake should be fairly high. You can calculate this number by taking your daily caloric intake. Not only that. but they can actually promote muscle catabolism. These fats should be consumed in very limited amounts! Check the labels on the foods you buy and also avoid too many deep-fried foods. Before I talk about any kind of set daily amount I'd first like to talk about one more type of fat.25 (this will tell you what 25% of your caloric intake represents). mutate cell membranes and have a negative effect on cell function. These highly unhealthy fats result in a huge elevation of bad cholesterol and actually lower good cholesterol levels.com . and the worst by far: trans fat.The Truth About Building Muscle Chapter 4: Optimum Muscle-Building Nutrition So we've established that saturated fat intake should be limited. So. and then dividing that number 9 (since fat contains 9 calories per gram). if your daily caloric intake is 3000 calories: 3000 x 0.MuscleGainTruth. So.All Rights Reserved Page 113 of 229 . This type of fat is found in foods that are cooked with hydrogenated oils such as fast food or French fries. Trans fats inhibit fat loss.www. how much fat should you be consuming everyday? You should aim to have 25% of your daily calorie consumption come from fats. multiplying it by 0.25 = 1200 (The number of daily calories that should come from fat) 750 / 9 = 83 (The number of grams of fat that should be consumed daily) 2007 .
it is the most abundant element in your body. 2007 . Your body can survive for weeks without food. So you can see how important it is to ensure that you are properly hydrated everyday.MuscleGainTruth.All Rights Reserved Page 114 of 229 . but how many actually do? If you really paid close attention to your water intake you'd probably be surprised at how little you actually consume. Quite simply.www. the brain is 85% water and lean muscle tissue is 70% water. Roughly 80% of your body is made up of water. but without water you'd be dead in about 3 days.The Truth About Building Muscle Chapter 4: Optimum Muscle-Building Nutrition Water Water is an absolutely critical component to the muscle building process and to overall body health.com . To demonstrate the importance of water in everyday functions let's take a look at some interesting facts: The Amount of Water Lost Each Day Through Normal Bodily Functions: 16oz is lost through perspiration 16oz is exhaled as water vapour 48oz is needed for proper function of the kidneys and intestines That's a total of 80oz. Failing to keep yourself properly hydrated throughout the day will have a negative impact on literally every single process within your entire body! Most people know that they should be drinking "plenty" of water throughout the day. 70% of your lean muscle is comprised of water. or 10 cups. As I said before. It is ranked only 2nd to oxygen as being essential to life. 70%! It is very important that you keep your muscle cells fully hydrated at all times. water is life. What makes proper water intake so amazingly important? Well for starters. merely to survive! The perspiration resulting from intense exercise will shoot that number even higher.
It doesn't end there.www. in order to ensure that your body is utilizing all of the nutrients you consume. but without proper amounts of water you will not receive full benefit from the foods you eat. Research has shown that being even slightly dehydrated can decrease strength and physical performance significantly. In addition to all of this. water helps to carry nutrients around the body so that they can be used where they are needed. your body must break this large molecule down into smaller pieces for absorption. Along with protecting your joints. We've already talked about how crucial protein consumption is to gaining weight. and therefore it is critical that you ensure your strength levels are naturally peaked before you enter the gym. merely a 3-4% drop in your body's water levels will lead to a 10-20% decrease in muscle contractions. Not only will water increase your strength. In the case of protein. but it will also keep your strength and power output at its maximum potential. you will be breaking it down into amino acids. 2007 . urine. So. Water also plays an important role as a temperature regulator by keeping the skin moist through perspiration. As you already know. In fact. Your body can only break down the protein into amino acids if water is present. building muscle is all about moving maximum amounts of weight for maximum repetitions. such as protein. Highly intensive training over a long period of time can put unwanted stress on your joints and connective tissue (we'll talk more about injury prevention later on). Anytime you consume a macromolecule.com .All Rights Reserved Page 115 of 229 .MuscleGainTruth. feces. water is vital in the process of digestion. sweat. you must ensure that your water intake is high.The Truth About Building Muscle Chapter 4: Optimum Muscle-Building Nutrition In doing this not only will your muscles appear larger and fuller. It also helps the body to remove unwanted waste products from the body cells through expired air. Water helps to fight against this stress by lubricating the joints and forming a protective "cushion" around them. but it also plays a large role in preventing injuries in the gym. blood and the lymphatic system.
Although there are many deciding factors. And remember.All Rights Reserved Page 116 of 229 . coffee. 150 x 0. although liquids in themselves. but if you plan your day out properly it shouldn't be a problem. a good general way to gauge your body's level of hydration is by the colour and smell of your urine.www. So.com . then you are already dehydrated! On another note. on your nightstand. Keep a water bottle with you at all times and sip from it periodically.6. you should be consuming around 90 ounces of water every day.The Truth About Building Muscle Chapter 4: Optimum Muscle-Building Nutrition I think everything you've read so far should be reason enough to pay closer attention to your water intake. 16 during your workout and another 16 following your workout.6 = 90 I know it sounds like a lot. at work. For the first few days you'll probably find yourself running to the bathroom quite frequently. Keep water in the places where you spend most of your time: in your car. multiply your bodyweight by 0. This way you can have a visual representation of where your water consumption is at any point in the day.MuscleGainTruth. Your urine should always be on the clearer side and should be fairly odourless if your body is receiving all of the water it needs. just how much water is enough? To find out how many ounces of water you should be consuming every day. 2007 . On workout days you should consume 16 ounces before your workout. So if you weigh 150 pounds. if you are thirsty. Another good method to ensure that you drink enough water is to pre-fill a few 16 ounce bottles at the beginning of the day. tea and soft drinks. but your body will soon adapt to the increased water volume and this will no longer be a problem. do not fully hydrate the body due to their caffeine content.
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juice and honey. Excessive consumption of alcohol has been shown to slow down this process by as much as 20%! That's a huge decrease. 2007 .MuscleGainTruth. not "The Truth About Staying Healthy.The Truth About Building Muscle Chapter 4: Optimum Muscle-Building Nutrition Alcohol Alcohol is one of the world's oldest and most widely used drugs. how will alcohol prevent you from gaining the greatest amount of size and strength possible? Well … 1) It negatively affects protein synthesis.www. The slower the rate of protein synthesis. This book is called "The Truth About Building Muscle".com . All I'm going to talk about is how alcohol negatively affects the muscle-building process specifically. the slower your body will synthesize new muscle tissue. While alcohol does have a few positive benefits when consumed in moderation. and since muscles are made of protein you can see how this would be a problem. its consumption can pose numerous threats that will affect you both in and out of the gym. does alcohol have any significant negative effects on building muscle? The answer to this extremely common question is yes! Excessive consumption of alcohol will have a fairly significant negative effect on your workout performance and on your resulting strength and size gains. This is not an anti-drug speech and the choice is ultimately up to you. Protein synthesis is the process by which amino acids are joined together to form complete proteins. Although it is made from the seemingly harmless substances of grain. alcohol is a drug) is affecting your gains.All Rights Reserved Page 118 of 229 . I'm not here to tell you that you can't drink if you want to build muscle. the negatives are far more prominent and numerous. but you should definitely be aware of how this drug (yes." So. So.
hormonal balance and muscle-building processes. Alcohol interferes with the absorption of many important vitamins and minerals which are critical to the muscle-building process. One way to maximize testosterone production is to limit alcohol consumption as much as possible. since the kidneys must filter large amounts of water from the body in order to break down the alcohol. 3) It dehydrates you. the actual quality of your sleep will be greatly reduced. I'll talk a lot more in detail about the importance of a solid night's rest later on. men's testosterone levels decreased by an average of 25% when intoxicated! It was found that there is a direct relationship between blood alcohol levels and testosterone production. so it is crucial that you treat this period of time with respect.The Truth About Building Muscle Chapter 4: Optimum Muscle-Building Nutrition 2) It lowers testosterone and increases estrogen. Without the use of steroids. Although alcohol's sedative effects can make falling asleep much easier. Increased levels of estrogen translate to a decrease in testosterone and a higher risk for gynecomastia. but it also raises estrogen (the main female hormone). You already know how absolutely vital water and proper hydration are. The time you spend sleeping is very important to your recovery. Not only does excessive alcohol consumption lower testosterone levels. 5) It depletes your body of vitamins and minerals. Alcohol also lowers another very important muscle-building hormone.All Rights Reserved Page 119 of 229 . controlling testosterone levels can be very difficult. It is fairly well known that alcohol has a significant negative impact on the kidneys. IGF-1.com . 2007 . dehydration will occur. One of the limiting factors that determines how much muscle you can gain is the amount of testosterone in your body.www.MuscleGainTruth. but how does this affect bodybuilders? Well. In one study. so I'm sure you can see why you'd want to avoid dehydration like the plague. 4) It disrupts your sleep.
2007 . So if your goal is to achieve a body that stores fat easily and has trouble gaining and maintaining lean mass. That's almost twice the amount of protein and carbohydrates with virtually no nutritional value. drink away! These are the main effects alcohol will have on your body when it comes to building muscle. worthless calories per gram. you should ideally avoid getting drunk altogether. A couple drinks here and there shouldn’t be a problem. 5 or 12) on the weekend shouldn't pose too much of a problem. Notice that I said getting drunk. the B's. however. So how much alcohol is too much? Well. which plays a large role in fat burning. A couple of drinks (where a “couple” means 2.www.The Truth About Building Muscle Chapter 4: Optimum Muscle-Building Nutrition Vitamin A. There is a big difference between getting completely hammered and just having a couple of drinks every now and then. If you’re serious about achieving significant muscle-building results. you definitely need to monitor your intake of alcohol and make sure that you are consuming it in moderation. getting highly intoxicated is a completely different story. but too much fun can lead to problems. but if you find yourself getting drunk more than once a month you can almost certainly guarantee that your gains will be compromised.com .All Rights Reserved Page 120 of 229 . C. Alcohol also impairs the production of certain enzymes produced by the pancreas that metabolize fat. Alcohol contains 7 empty. as will alcohol's negative effect on the Kreb's Cycle. 6) It increases fat storage. The excess calories will lead to an increase in body fat. but it will literally have an effect on every single process going on in your entire body. not 3. It’s important to have fun in life. if you want to gain the absolute greatest amount of muscle size and strength possible.MuscleGainTruth. zinc and phosphorus are all drained at rapid rates. calcium. Not only will this negatively impact the utilization of protein and carbohydrates.
it will definitely help to minimize them.www.The Truth About Building Muscle Chapter 4: Optimum Muscle-Building Nutrition If you do decide to go out and party. then follow these steps to lessen the impact. make sure to drink plenty of water and to properly nourish yourself with vitamins/minerals and a protein rich meal. (We'll talk more about glutamine in the supplement section. As long as you monitor what you’re doing you can achieve an impressive physique and have a social life at the same time. While this certainly won’t eliminate the negative effects of the alcohol. Since alcohol robs your body of vitamins and minerals. If you want to be the best you can possibly be then there are certain things you'll have to live without. This will help to keep your body in an anabolic state and prevent muscle breakdown. This will help to re-hydrate your muscles as well as the rest of your body and will also help to prevent a hangover. You know what you're up against. so don’t be afraid to go out and have a good time once in a while.) 4) Drink 16-20oz of water before bed. 2007 ..All Rights Reserved Page 121 of 229 . This will get you back on track and feed your body with the muscle-building nutrients it has been depleted of. I don’t recommend revolving your entire life around your muscle-building program. 1) Have a protein rich meal before you go to bed.com . taking a high-potency vitamin before bed will help to replenish your body's stores and also help to prevent a hangover 3) Take 5-10 grams of glutamine. Just make sure to keep your drinking nights infrequent (no more than once a month) and properly nourish yourself to lessen its effects. so you make the choice.. If you do decide to go out and get hammered. 2) Take a multivitamin/multimineral supplement.MuscleGainTruth. 5) Eat a big breakfast rich in protein. This highly anti-catabolic supplement will ensure that your body stays in an anabolic state while you sleep and will help to spare muscle tissue through the night. Building muscle is all about making sacrifices.
I cannot stress this enough! DO NOT get overly obsessed about the numbers! Everything you have read about the daily requirements for the major nutrients is how they would be in an ideal world. and that is that these numbers are merely an estimation of how much you should be eating per day. since consuming higher amounts of these nutrients will be beneficial to your gains. I've said that you must eat 5-7 meals spaced every 2-3 hours. go right ahead. your world will not come crashing down in front of you. Remember.com . you will drive yourself insane.The Truth About Building Muscle Chapter 4: Optimum Muscle-Building Nutrition Nutritional Intake Overview There's one important thing that I want you to understand in regards to the caloric calculations and the macronutrient calculations outlined in this section. Obviously your nutrition plan will not be an ideal world! If you start getting too stressed out about counting calories and calculating exactly 40% protein.MuscleGainTruth. Fat intake should still be monitored because going too far over the upper limit of your recommended amount will probably do you more harm than good. and if you have a larger appetite and are able to consume more than this recommended amount. 2007 . While being off by 20 grams of protein or 35 grams of carbs will not have much of an effect on you. If you consume 205 grams of protein instead of 225. just try to estimate and you'll be fine. Missing a meal should be a rare occurrence. You absolutely. This applies mainly to protein and carbohydrates. and this is extremely important to follow. The most important thing when it comes to nutrition is consistency. in order to get big you must eat big. Simply do your best to at least come close to the numbers and you will be just fine. If anything. and if you begin skipping them regularly you will definitely be selling yourself short. skipping meals definitely will. Definitely do not stop yourself from eating more just because you have reached the upper limit of those recommended daily amounts. positively must keep your body in an anabolic state at all times throughout the day. treat these numbers as a minimum requirement.All Rights Reserved Page 122 of 229 .www. As far as the exact numbers go.
Your main focus should be to eat lots and eat often in order to keep your body in an anabolic.All Rights Reserved Page 123 of 229 . Also. if all you eat is tuna and oatmeal day after day you'll very quickly become sick of these foods and will probably begin to dread the idea of even looking at them. muscle-building state at all times. Those who are on specific diets to lose weight must monitor their food intake much more closely than those who are on diets to gain weight.MuscleGainTruth. one of the most important factors that determines your resting metabolism is the amount of lean mass on your body.The Truth About Building Muscle Chapter 4: Optimum Muscle-Building Nutrition Also remember that you do not have to eat clean all the time! Don't be afraid to cheat every once in a while and go for that big mac you've been craving. Remember. Believe me.www. 2007 . if during your journey to increase muscle mass and strength you end up putting on a bit of extra body fat. don't worry! You can very easily manipulate your diet and and exercise program later on in order to strip off this excess body fat.com . If you force yourself to eat squeaky-clean foods all the time you'll go crazy.
www. 6) Fiber helps to clear out the toxins produced by meat in the intestinal tract. as this form is broken down gradually into the bloodstream and will keep your energy and blood sugar levels constant. It also helps the body to maintain regular bowel movements and consistent blood sugar levels. but as long as you plan your day out properly you shouldn't have any problems. 2) Eating every 2-3 hours means that on any given day you will be eating 5-7 meals. The Harris-Benedict Formula or the Katch-McArdle Formula. you must consume more calories than you burn. If you fail to do this.MuscleGainTruth. 2007 . Protein should make up approximately 40% of your total caloric intake. Roughly 35% of your total caloric intake should come from carbohydrates. poultry. skim milk. (You'll learn more about this in the supplementation section) 3) In order to gain muscular body weight. Some good sources of protein include eggs.All Rights Reserved Page 124 of 229 . 4) Protein is the most important muscle-building nutrient. The majority of your diet should consist of low-glycemic carbohydrates.com .The Truth About Building Muscle Chapter 4: Optimum Muscle-Building Nutrition Chapter 4 Review 1) You must eat a small meal at least every 2-3 hours. It may seem like a lot at first. Purchasing a basic protein powder or meal replacement will make this process much easier. 5) Carbohydrates are responsible for providing your brain and muscles with energy. 7) Fats perform many important functions in the body and also play a critical role in the muscle-building process. lean red meat. protein is responsible for the growth and repair of damaged muscle tissue. Take a look at the glycemic index to find out which carbohydrate sources to choose. You should consume 25-35 grams of fiber everyday. Among literally thousands of bodily functions. seafood. You can determine caloric intake using the Basic Multiplier. cottage cheese. your body will enter into a catabolic starvation mode and will begin breaking down muscle tissue to obtain a source of protein and energy. peanuts/natural peanut butter and whey.
If you're craving some junk food. 10) Do not become overly obsessed with counting calories and nutrient percentages.6 ounces of water per pound of body weight each day.www.MuscleGainTruth. 8) Water performs endless functions within the body that are beneficial both to the muscle-building process and to overall health in general.com . Roughly 25% of your total caloric intake should come from fats. 11) Don't be afraid to cheat once in a while. 9) Alcohol can have a fairly detrimental effect on the muscle-building process and should be consumed in moderation. and you should strive to have the majority of your fat intake coming from the unsaturated form. Everything I've outlined is merely a rough estimation of how you should be eating. You should be drinking 0. depletes the body of vitamins and minerals. increases fat storage and also lowers testosterone levels. decreases your strength and energy levels.The Truth About Building Muscle Chapter 4: Optimum Muscle-Building Nutrition Not all fats are created equally. 12) Consistency is everything! 2007 .All Rights Reserved Page 125 of 229 . Alcohol lowers protein synthesis. it won't hurt to indulge every now and then. disrupts your sleep.
com . For those of you who are completely new to the workout scene.The Truth About Building Muscle Chapter 5: Supplementing For Massive Gains Chapter 5: Supplementing For Massive Gains We've now arrived at the all-too confusing and all-too controversial topic of musclebuilding supplementation. What do I say to this? Well. Are supplements unnecessary and a waste of money? The answer to that is no. Is the supplement industry a gigantic marketing scam? In many ways. in some cases they are correct. glutamine and multivitamins. They are products manufactured by different companies and are designed to enhance your diet in order to achieve greater than normal muscle-building results.www. They'll say that the supplement industry is one giant marketing scam designed to thin out your wallet and keep you coming back for more. They will then go on to tell you that all of the materials necessary to achieve maximal muscle gains can be found in the foods we eat everyday. yes. Are all of the nutrients needed to facilitate muscle growth found in our everyday foods? The answer to that is also yes.All Rights Reserved Page 126 of 229 . creatine.MuscleGainTruth. 2007 . and in others they are not. supplements are things such as protein powders. A lot of hardcore lifters and fitness enthusiasts will tell you that supplements are unnecessary and a waste of money.
They promise huge gains in minimal time.The Truth About Building Muscle Chapter 5: Supplementing For Massive Gains Remember. I don't work for a supplement company. Do you think that back in the 1940's guys were pounding back "Fruit Punch Flavoured Super Cell Volumizing Creatine Cocktails" after their workouts? No. There is such an enormous amount of misleading information posted all over the internet and in books and magazines that will only serve to confuse and frustrate you. It wasn't until 10 or 15 years ago that supplements really became a big part of the bodybuilding industry. Nowadays our minds are absolutely flooded with advertisements for get-big-quick pills and powders. nor do I stand to gain any benefit at all by misleading you. I said it. 2007 . what is the truth about supplements? Let me first start off by saying this… In order to build muscle size and strength. and far more often than not they fall short of their promises.www.MuscleGainTruth. Anyone who trains hard and feeds their body with sufficient amounts of muscle-building nutrients from natural foods can experience appreciable gains in size and strength.All Rights Reserved Page 127 of 229 . There. I am simply here to give you the absolute most effective methods to pack as much muscle onto your frame as possible. So. inefficient and waste of your hard earned money. Building muscle is all about being able to differentiate between good and bad information. Supplementation is a very important part of the muscle-building process to understand simply because there is such an incredibly gigantic amount of straight up lies out there when it comes to this topic. Just flip open any muscle magazine and really pay attention to how large a portion of that publication is dedicated to supplement advertising. they were eating steak with potatoes and washing it down with milk.com . supplements are not mandatory. The truth is that a large portion of the supplements you see posted all over the pages of your favourite muscle magazine are ineffective. Regardless of what the million dollar magazines would have you believe. and then consistently apply it. and people were getting huge long before that. I am here to give you the truth. you don't have to use supplements in order to get bigger and stronger.
All Rights Reserved Page 128 of 229 . There are a few diamonds hidden in that gigantic pile of garbage. and any supplement that promises huge gains in size and strength is sure to sell. once the consumer buys it. You can definitely make good gains without them.MuscleGainTruth. Most of them deliver false-hope and are far overpriced. call it a "revolutionary step forward in weight gaining supplementation". which.com . supplements are it. By now you're probably thinking that this book is completely anti-supplement and that there is no need to invest in any of these products. (and that's a big however) there are some supplements. It doesn't matter whether it works or not. can provide considerable results and very good bang for their buck. However. The truth is that a large portion of bodybuilding supplements available today should be avoided. I would definitely consider investing in the few basic. So like I said before. People are a lot more gullible than they think. By using the right supplements in the right amounts. not so fast. Forget everything you read in the magazines or what your buddy at the gym told you. you don't have to use supplements. because this section will cover everything you need to know when it comes to supplements. you'll be able to reach your muscle-building goals faster than you would without them. you'd be surprised at how effective a well-planned marketing campaign can be. and as long as you supply your body with enough whole food you should be okay. scientifically-backed products that I'll recommend. 2007 .www. his or her money is gone. If there's one advantage that today's lifters have over those who trained prior to the last 15 years. and people would most likely buy it. and I'm going to teach you how to find them. But if you want that extra edge and convenience factor that supplements can provide. Like I said before.The Truth About Building Muscle Chapter 5: Supplementing For Massive Gains So why is everyone buying them? Well. I'm here to deliver the truth. A popular supplement company could fill a capsule full of crushed pig bones. if used correctly. Well.
Whey protein.www. The choice is up to you.All Rights Reserved Page 129 of 229 . Creatine is found naturally in fish and red meat. then supplementation is a good idea. For example.MuscleGainTruth. 2007 . Supplements basically take the "good stuff" from certain foods and put them in one place for you to consume.The Truth About Building Muscle Chapter 5: Supplementing For Massive Gains A proper supplementation plan will allow you to recover faster. creatine. Supplement companies are able to isolate these extremely valuable muscle-building substances and conveniently package them in one place. but a few extra bucks each month will definitely help enhance your gains to another level. but in order to consume a highly beneficial amount of creatine you'd have to eat about five steaks everyday. Instead. one bodybuilding supplement that I would definitely recommend is creatine monohydrate. If you're willing to spend the extra money to get the best gains you possibly can. If you want to save your money and do things the oldfashioned way then that's fine too. slam it down and get a highly beneficial amount without having to eat half a cow. and the truth is that if you supplement with the following products that I'm going to recommend. increase your workout performance and push your body's muscle-building potential to an even higher limit.com . companies are able to synthesize creatine in a lab so that you can mix one teaspoon of this amazing stuff into a glass of grape juice. these can all be found in natural foods that are a part of your everyday diet. vitamins and minerals. you'll notice a definite jump in your size and strength that you simply could not achieve without them. glutamine. You don't have to use all of them. You don't have to spend a fortune on these products. nor do you even have to use any of them. This is "The Truth About Building Muscle".
com . the following products are what I would recommend. These are the most basic products out there and should form the cornerstone of any effective supplementation program. but if you do decide to use them. supplementation is optional.MuscleGainTruth.www. Meal Replacements. The following supplements are backed by solid research and have been shown time and time again to be both safe and highly useful.All Rights Reserved Page 130 of 229 . Protein Bars) 2) Creatine 3) Glutamine 4) Multivitamins 5) Essential Fatty Acids 6) Glucosamine 2007 .The Truth About Building Muscle Chapter 5: Supplementing For Massive Gains Recommended Supplements This is what I call my "approved" list. Here they are in no particular order: 1) Protein Supplements (Whey Protein. As I said earlier.
protein supplements are a great way to balance out your diet and make your eating plan a far easier job. 1 bowl oatmeal Or… 2007 .www. 1 cup whole grain rice. protein is. You go to the gym. nutritionally speaking. 1 cup skim milk Meal #2: 1 can of tuna. Meal Plan A Meal #1: 6 egg whites/2 yolks. This is where protein supplements come in handy.. Consuming your recommended daily intake of protein exclusively from whole foods is definitely doable. 2 cups milk. banana. 1 cup whole grain rice Meal #6: 1 bowl low-fat cottage cheese. train your ass off and rip your muscle fibers to shreds. 1 apple. 1 cup corn Meal #4: 1 chicken breast.. Take a look at the following eating schedules and you tell me which one you think is more appealing. 1 baked potato Meal #5: grilled salmon. Instead of constant meal preparation.All Rights Reserved Page 131 of 229 . 2 pieces of whole grain toast.MuscleGainTruth. handful of peanuts Meal #3: 6oz steak. A whey protein powder or meal replacement shake will allow you to mix up a quick meal in your blender and still receive all of the growth-supporting nutrients your body requires.com .The Truth About Building Muscle Chapter 5: Supplementing For Massive Gains Protein Supplements As you already know from the previous section. the absolute most important nutrient for someone trying to build muscle. but it is a fairly difficult task to accomplish every single day of the week. recipe hunting and seemingly endless chewing. but without adequate amounts of protein the muscle-building process will be next to impossible.
especially if you live the type of lifestyle that requires you to be on the go for the majority of your day. it is much easier and just as effective to have 3 meals and 3 protein shakes or 4 meals and 2 protein shakes. So without going any further I'd like to talk about the most popular protein supplement available: whey. Doing this is far more efficient. The second eating plan is much more realistic and is the kind that I would recommend.www. banana. 1 bowl oatmeal Meal #5: grilled salmon. 1 cup corn Meal #4: 1 serving whey protein shake.MuscleGainTruth. 1 bowl yogurt While the first meal plan would be a terrific day of muscle-building foods. Not only that. but protein supplements nowadays contain certain amounts of special muscle-building nutrients that whole-food simply can't provide. but you probably won't last very long. 1 cup skim milk Meal #2: 1 meal replacement shake Meal #3: 6oz steak. 2 pieces of whole grain toast. 1 cup whole grain rice Meal #6: 1 meal replacement shake. Instead of having 6 whole food meals. 2007 . 1 cup whole grain rice.The Truth About Building Muscle Chapter 5: Supplementing For Massive Gains Meal Plan B Meal #1: 6 egg whites/2 yolks.com . it's just not very realistic that you'll have the time or motivation to prepare 6 full meals everyday.All Rights Reserved Page 132 of 229 . If you are keen on doing this then go right ahead.
whey protein isolate is the better choice.All Rights Reserved Page 133 of 229 . isoleucine and valine. whey is the highest quality and most effective type of protein you could possibly put into your body.The Truth About Building Muscle Chapter 5: Supplementing For Massive Gains Whey Protein Whey protein is the granddaddy of all protein supplements available. It is extremely popular among athletes and bodybuilders because of its excellent quality and convenience. When your body breaks down muscle tissue for energy during intense exercise. The two main types of whey protein that you'll come across are whey protein isolate and whey protein concentrate. so you’ll still see achieve great benefits using either of them. Simply put. is a lower quality protein and will not be as highly absorbed as whey isolate. but whey is also naturally high in BCAA's (branched chain amino acids). Whey protein concentrate. Because of the methods used during the extraction of whey from milk. Whey protein has all of them. Overall. 2007 . isolates have a higher absorption rate within the body. a higher percentage of protein per scoop and a better overall amino acid profile. It also tends to form chunks when being mixed and after a while this can become quite an annoyance. By consuming a larger amount of BCAA's you can prevent your body from catabolizing muscle tissue when you workout. Both whey isolate and whey concentrate are high quality forms of protein overall. on the other hand. meaning your body will absorb the greatest amount. Whey is a natural source of protein that is extracted during the process of turning milk into cheese. Whey is a "complete protein". and for good reason. it is the branched chain amino acids that will be called on first.com .MuscleGainTruth. and they have been shown to be a very effective anti-catabolic agent. It is rated highest on the Biological Value scale because it has the highest "bio-availability" of any protein out there. Essential amino acids are those that cannot be manufactured by the body and therefore need to be brought in from an outside source. Not only that. BCAA's are the amino acids leucine. but whey isolates tend to mix much more easily and also taste better. meaning that it contains all of the essential amino acids.www. Not only that.
but any other time in the day this is not exactly what you want. By mixing your whey protein in milk it will be broken down and released into the bloodstream in a more timed-release manner. This is what makes whey protein so amazing. Whey protein's rocket-fast digestion rate is great for post-workout. a pure whey isolate is your best bet. in the grand scheme of it all it probably won’t have a huge impact on your resulting muscle gains.com .The Truth About Building Muscle Chapter 5: Supplementing For Massive Gains You can buy pure whey isolates. This makes whey protein the ideal choice for the post-workout period. Whey protein has the highest bio-availability of any protein out there and that also means that it is absorbed the fastest. By slowing down the release of the protein. When your body is in a normal resting state you'd ideally like to consume proteins that are absorbed at a more gradual pace.www. your body will be able to deal with it much more efficiently and this will also allow your muscles to remain in an anabolic state for a longer period of time. 2007 . I currently use a product that is a mixture of both isolate and concentrate. One of the great things about whey protein is its versatility. as it will provide your muscles with an extremely high-quality and quick-acting protein when they need it most. That being said. If you mix a scoop of whey protein isolate in water it can be digested in as short as 10 minutes. What I mean by this is that whey protein can be used effectively in a variety of different situations. Not only can whey be used as a post-workout protein source and as a meal replacement. If you have the money to spend and want the highest quality products available. This is because milk is largely made up of casein protein. which can take up to 4 hours to be fully digested. but it also comes in handy if one of your whole-food meals does not fulfill its total protein requirement. pure whey concentrates or mixtures of both. but for now I'll just say that directly after a workout your body needs the fastest absorbing protein it can possibly get. By simply changing the type of liquid you mix it with (milk or water) you can control its digestion rate and adapt it to your specific needs at any given time. We'll talk a lot more in depth about proper post-workout nutrition a bit later.All Rights Reserved Page 134 of 229 .MuscleGainTruth.
com .The Truth About Building Muscle Chapter 5: Supplementing For Massive Gains For example. If there is one supplement out there that I would recommend. 2007 . whey protein would be it. Supplementing with whey will not allow you to pack on an extra 10 pounds of muscle in a 2 week period.www.MuscleGainTruth.All Rights Reserved Page 135 of 229 . but over the long haul it will make your eating plan much more convenient and will help you make sure that your protein requirements are met every single day. if you were only able to consume half a chicken breast at a certain meal you could simply mix half a scoop of whey protein into a glass of milk to reach the total protein requirement for that meal.
some oatmeal. a banana.com . For example. but only for the sake of variety and convenience. 2007 . because adding carbs to a meal can be done very easily. It contains all of the nutrients of a complete meal. yes and no. MRP's can definitely come in handy. The thing to remember is that carbohydrates are cheap.All Rights Reserved Page 136 of 229 . which would provide you with 3 times the number of servings. They tend to be much more expensive than straight whey protein and for a fraction of the servings. an MRP powder is basically a matter of convenience. It's protein that you're after.www. which can be easily mixed with milk or water.MuscleGainTruth. blend it up with 400ml of milk and you've made your very own meal replacement right there and at a fraction of the cost. The one big disadvantage of MRP powders is the cost. Whey protein is made up of just one type of protein with virtually no carbohydrates. milk) and will also contain a decent amount of slow-release carbohydrates alongside a good vitamin and mineral profile. carbohydrate content and vitamin/mineral levels. casein. When it all comes down to it. huh? Well. egg. If you are constantly on the go and need to squeeze in a quick liquid meal here or there. Sounds like MRP's are the way to go. fats and very low amounts of vitamins and minerals. The big difference between a straight whey protein and an MRP is its protein makeup. Take a scoop of whey protein. An MRP.The Truth About Building Muscle Chapter 5: Supplementing For Massive Gains Meal Replacements (MRP's) Another very popular protein supplement available are meal replacement powders. I still use MRP's myself. on the other hand. a box of 20 MRP packets would cost about the same as a tub of whey protein. is usually made up of many types of protein (whey.
com . I would still suggest purchasing a box or 2 of MRP's to keep around for the times when they do come in handy. but at a much cheaper price. 2007 .MuscleGainTruth. For example.www. This will provide you with all of the benefits a meal replacement would.The Truth About Building Muscle Chapter 5: Supplementing For Massive Gains It is much cheaper and just as effective to take your whey protein and mix it with your own carbohydrates and milk. if you were taking a 5-hour drive somewhere and couldn't stop for a meal you could simply mix an MRP packet with some water and you'd be good to go.All Rights Reserved Page 137 of 229 .
How's that for a protein source? A lot of bars also contain low-quality fillers. As long as you can find a decent quality bar then using it every now and then shouldn't be a problem. A bar here or there won't hurt you.The Truth About Building Muscle Chapter 5: Supplementing For Massive Gains Protein Bars The final protein supplement choice is to use a protein bar. The one main advantage of a bar is the fact that it can easily be taken with you anywhere you go. some bars use an ingredient called hydrolyzed collagen as one of the protein sources. Simply put. but can simply carry the bar with you and consume it at anytime. I've had bars that require 2 cups of water and half an hour of chewing to fully eat! If possible I would suggest sticking to the powder form. While protein bars do offer certain advantages over powder forms.www.MuscleGainTruth. but if you can avoid them then that is probably your best bet. 2007 . and the protein quality also tends to be lower as well. Since it is in solid form. which help to bind the bar together and keep it soft and chewy. but the key is to choose your bars with caution.com . Protein bars can have their place. For example. I use bars every now and then if I'm on the go and need some solid food when I can't get a normal meal in. There are some bars out there with a decent nutritional profile and these are the ones you should be searching for. it is very important that you choose your bars very carefully. you won't have to worry about shaker cups or milk. You'll also find that some bars have a pretty unappealing taste and can also take a long time to eat because they tend to be dry and chalky. Bars tend to be a lot higher in simple sugar and fat. Because of its solid form it is also much more filling than a simple liquid meal.All Rights Reserved Page 138 of 229 . but sometimes this just isn't possible. Read the ingredient labels closely and try to choose bars with lower amounts of sugar and higher quality sources of protein. hydrolyzed collagen consists of the crushed skin and bones of ox and pig. The downside is that bars tend to be a lower quality meal choice than whey protein or an MRP.
glycine and arginine. it first made its mark in 1992 at the Olympic summer games in Barcelona. This stuff really works. Although this amazing stuff only surfaced as a popular sports supplement within the last 10 or 15 years. 95% of which can be found in muscle tissue. By the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta. It is one of the only supplements on the market that has been proven time and time again to have a significant impact on muscle size and strength. creatine is the most popular and most effective sports supplement available. but like I said before.All Rights Reserved Page 139 of 229 . So what exactly does creatine do? In short. but an understanding of a few basic bodily processes will help you to better appreciate creatine's effects. in order to obtain a significant amount of creatine you'd have to eat a ridiculously large amount of steak and salmon. Most people store around 100 grams. 2007 . Creatine is a compound that occurs naturally in our bodies. speed up your recovery rate. Let me go a little bit more into detail and explain how this stuff really works… This book is not intended to be a biology course. It was first discovered in 1832 and by the early 1920's scientists were able to determine that about 95% of creatine is stored in muscle tissue. While we've known about creatine for over 150 years. 75% of athletes were supplementing with creatine. Creatine is simply a combination of 3 amino acids: methionine. It's the super-supplement for serious bodybuilders and can accomplish a lot with a fairly small dosage and a very cost-effective price. It occurs naturally in fish and red meat.www.com .MuscleGainTruth. this hugely effective compound will increase your lean muscle mass and strength. decrease lactic acid production and also decrease mental fatigue. and is highly recommended for anyone who wants to dramatically increase their strength and body weight.The Truth About Building Muscle Chapter 5: Supplementing For Massive Gains Creatine Simply put. scientists have actually known about creatine for quite some time.
Obviously you wouldn't buy the chocolate bar with a 100-dollar bill. 2007 . By having these extra phosphate groups in the muscle tissue.The Truth About Building Muscle Chapter 5: Supplementing For Massive Gains One of the main things that creatine does very well is that it increases the efficiency of your body's utilization of a substance called ATP (Adenosine Tri-Phosphate). This means that higher amounts of energy can be produced and sustained for longer periods of time.com . but instead would break the 100-dollar bill down until you had a 5 or 10-dollar bill to use. As you already know. ATP then becomes ADP (Adenosine Di-Phosphate) and must wait for the third phosphate group to be reattached before any more energy can be produced. the body can convert ADP back into ATP at a much higher rate. Carbohydrates and fats would represent the 100-dollar bills while ATP would be the 5 and 10-dollar bills. which is then stored in the muscle tissue. What I mean by this is that ATP is the "usable" form of energy within the cell. and you want to buy a chocolate bar. This effect is sometimes referred to as a "perpetual pump".MuscleGainTruth. The next very important benefit of creatine is its "volumizing" effect on your muscle cells. ATP is made up of one molecule of adenine with 3 phosphate groups attached to it.All Rights Reserved Page 140 of 229 . What does this have to do with creatine? Well. creatine will increase your strength and allow you to lift more weight in the gym. More water will be stored in the tissue and this will leave you looking bigger and fuller all day long. more weight equals more muscle. Creatine needs water in order to be stored in your muscle tissue and this results in a "super-hydration" effect on your muscle cells. because it causes your body to look as if it has a training-induced muscle pump at all times. when you consume creatine it is converted into creatine phosphate.www. What is ATP. In doing this. Think of it this way: You have a wallet full of 100-dollar bills. By "ripping off" the third phosphate group the body is able to produce energy. you ask? It's basically the bottom line when it comes to producing energy within the body.
and in doing this the pH of the cell can be neutralized. creatine can help to act as a natural painkiller and allow you to prolong the point of muscular failure. As you can see. After that you change over to the "maintenance phase". Just remember that your muscles are already 70% water. Creatine speeds up the rate that ADP is converted back to ATP. This will "buffer" the effect of lactic acid on the muscles. In a sense. Higher amounts of water in the muscle cell will allow you to burn more fat calories and will create a greater overall anabolic environment within your body. How much of this stuff should you use? The most widely accepted method is to start with a "loading phase" first.The Truth About Building Muscle Chapter 5: Supplementing For Massive Gains A lot of people argue against this effect and say that because all you're doing is putting more water in your muscles that this is of no real value. Lactic acid is a metabolic waste product formed from the burning of carbohydrates. The pH of the muscle cell will also drop to the point that muscular contractions can no longer be achieved.com .www. You know that intense. where you consume 5 grams daily in order to maintain the levels of creatine in your body. Do you think this 70% is useless? Of course not. As if these two benefits of creatine weren't enough. 2007 . This essentially means that for the first five days you will use a much higher amount than normal (20-25 grams) in order to completely saturate your muscles with creatine. searing burn you usually feel in your muscles when you train with weights? As I said before.MuscleGainTruth. there is still more.All Rights Reserved Page 141 of 229 . Lactic acid is catabolic to muscle tissue and can actually result in muscle loss if too high an amount is present. creatine provides quite a few very beneficial effects for those trying to gain muscular body weight. Less lactic acid means less muscle catabolism and less physical discomfort from training with weights. this feeling results from an accumulation of lactic acid within the muscle.
but these are much less effective than the traditional forms. so it is important to split the dosages up throughout the day. I would recommend splitting that up into 4 doses of 5 grams. There is no proof as to whether or not cycling is necessary. pill form or chewables. The body can most efficiently deal with about 5-10 grams of creatine at any given time. There are a few others as well. If you do want to try cycling your creatine. Creatine basically comes in 3 different forms: pure creatine monohydrate. They contain lower amounts of creatine and are not very easily absorbed by the body.www. If on a certain day you should be using 20 grams of creatine. or delivery system insulin mimicking drinks. such as creatine serum. here is how you can schedule it: Week1: Loading Phase (20 grams daily) Week2-4: Maintenance Phase (5 grams daily) Week5-8: Cycle Off (no creatine) You can experiment with both cycling and non-cycling methods to see what works best for you.The Truth About Building Muscle Chapter 5: Supplementing For Massive Gains It's important to remember that the loading phase dosages should not be taken all at once. If you decide to use creatine.All Rights Reserved Page 142 of 229 . and therefore will continually benefit from it over the long haul. delivery system sugar drinks...com . but it may be a method that is worth trying out. 2007 .MuscleGainTruth. these are the types of products you should look into. This is where you would use your creatine for a set period of time and then “cycle off” for a set period of time by stopping its use. The idea behind cycling is that your body will never become accustomed to the creatine usage. Another popular method of creatine supplementation is to use a “cycle”.
2007 . This is why it is important to "spike" your insulin when using creatine as this will ensure that your body is absorbing it properly. Another good method is to go to the grocery store and buy a bag of dextrose to use as your sugar. insulin's job is to balance out the body's blood sugar levels by driving nutrients into the cells. Why should you consume a sugary drink with your creatine? Studies have shown that consuming your creatine with simple sugars will increase muscle absorption by up to 60 percent. since regular creatine must uses lipids to permeate cells walls. Esters are organic compounds that are formed from the reaction of alcohols and carboxylic acid. odourless powder. Both of these forms are based upon creatine monohydrate but with some supposed “improvements”. This is due to the effect that simple sugars have on your body's insulin levels. It is a white.com . Creatine tri-malate is a compound that is formed from one creatine monohydrate molecule attached to 3 molecules of malic acid.www. The main advantage is that a smaller amount of total creatine would need to be consumed to achieve the same benefit.MuscleGainTruth. and the ester group helps the creatine use these lipids more efficiently. The attached ester group is said to increase creatine’s absorption. tasteless.All Rights Reserved Page 143 of 229 .The Truth About Building Muscle Chapter 5: Supplementing For Massive Gains 1) Creatine Monohydrate This is creatine in its pure form and is the cheapest and most common way to go. This method is the cheapest price per serving but is still very effective. Recently. Creatine ethyl ester is regular monohydrate with an “ester group” attached. Most people who have never used creatine before will start off with a basic creatine monohydrate and mix it with grape juice or gatorade. two newer forms of creatine have emerged on the scene: creatine ethyl ester and creatine tri-malate. You can simply add some dextrose. As you already know. iced tea mix for flavour and throw in your creatine. which can be easily mixed with grape juice. Gatorade or any other type of sugar drink.
com . Too much simple sugar is a great way to get fat and over the long run will provide you with an extremely high amount of unneeded calories. phytic acid. packaged in one spot. Since ethyl ester and malate are still relatively new. arginine and phosphorus. Any of these 3 choices (monohydrate.The Truth About Building Muscle Chapter 5: Supplementing For Massive Gains Malic acid is a substance involved in the Krebs energy cycle and helps to provide the body with energy.All Rights Reserved Page 144 of 229 . 3) Delivery System Insulin Mimicking Drinks This is the final type of creatine. These drinks usually contain other ingredients as well. Each serving will typically contain about 5 grams of creatine along with all of the simple sugars needed to induce that all-too important insulin spike. such as alpha lipoic acid. and is also a very effective choice. it’s hard to say whether they really have any significant advantage over regular monohydrate. and much more convenient way of ingesting your creatine. You can simply mix one serving in water and you're ready to go. It is thought that the combination of monohydrate and malic acid creates a more absorbable form of creatine that has a more dramatic impact on the ATP energy cycle. ethyl ester or malate) will be just fine. Instead of using simple sugars to spike your insulin. things such as alpha lipoic acid. 2) Delivery System Sugar Drinks This is another very effective.MuscleGainTruth. These drinks are usually more effective than straight creatine monohydrate because they tend to be absorbed more easily. A delivery system drink basically consists of creatine (in various forms) along with all of the nutrients needed for proper absorption. These ingredients will increase your body's insulin levels without loading you up with super-high amounts of simple sugar. Research has also shown that consuming whey protein with your creatine will enhance its uptake into the muscle cells. but I believe that it is a great alternative to the traditional methods of grape juice or Gatorade. which will enhance the absorption of the creatine even further. This type of creatine is still being perfected. 2007 . these drink mixes contain other ingredients known as "insulin mimickers".www.
"is creatine safe? I heard it's hard on the kidneys and can lead to cancer. Creatine needs water in order to be properly stored in the body. Non-Workout Days: consume your creatine first thing in the morning.MuscleGainTruth. when consuming simple sugar is actually beneficial. however. The final issue when it comes to creatine is regarding its safety. There are times. 2007 . The one important thing for you to remember with creatine is that you must keep your body properly hydrated when using it.All Rights Reserved Page 145 of 229 . We'll dive more into detail regarding post-workout nutrition later on. These times are first thing in the morning and right after your workout. If you're dehydrated while on creatine you may experience muscle cramping or stomach discomfort. and you'll be able to better understand why simple sugars are so beneficial during this time frame. drive higher amounts of protein and creatine into your muscle cells and not have to worry about putting on body fat. So the ideal method for creatine supplementation is this: Workout Days: consume your creatine immediately following the workout. Not a single study ever performed has been able to prove otherwise." So far all research indicates that when used properly.com .www. This will provide your body with adequate amounts of creatine and much less simple sugar.The Truth About Building Muscle Chapter 5: Supplementing For Massive Gains A great method that I would recommend is to use an insulin mimicking creatine drink and consume it alongside a simple whey protein shake. Everyone is always asking me. At these times I would definitely recommend consuming your creatine with simple sugars. At these times your blood sugar levels are low and by spiking your insulin you can re-elevate these levels. creatine is totally safe and effective.
because they don't really experience any significant gains while on this supplement. Creatine should definitely be a part of your supplement program if you’re looking for optimal results. Typical gains are in the range of 5-10 pounds of bodyweight within 3 or 4 weeks. That's a pretty significant gain if you ask me! Unfortunately about 10% of the population are referred to as "creatine non-responders". and has never been proven to be harmful in anyway. How much can you expect to gain from creatine? One important thing to remember is that everyone's body will respond differently to this supplement. speed up your recovery. This supplement will increase your lean muscle mass.All Rights Reserved Page 146 of 229 . 2007 .com . decrease lactic acid buildup and decrease mental fatigue. jack up your strength. The only way to find out is to try it for yourself. Creatine is the most researched sports supplement on the market.MuscleGainTruth.www. You already know the importance of proper water intake.The Truth About Building Muscle Chapter 5: Supplementing For Massive Gains This is basically the only side effect of creatine and can be easily avoided. so this shouldn't be a problem for you.
roughly 60% of the total amino acid pool in your body is comprised of glutamine.MuscleGainTruth. As you already know. is considered to be more of a "holistic" supplement.com . you ask? Glutamine is best known for its remarkable anti-catabolic effects. the body must compensate by breaking down muscle tissue in order to obtain a source of glutamine. Unlike creatine. fish. It can be found naturally in dairy products. and for those trying to build muscle it is arguably the most important. protein is made up of amino acids.www. but in order to receive a significantly beneficial amount of this great stuff you'd have to consume an extremely large amount of these foods. Glutamine is just one of those amino acids. Glutamine. beans and poultry. The reason for this is that glutamine does not directly build muscle. It will not add 5-10 pounds of muscle in 2 weeks or slap 30 pounds onto your squat. This will ultimately lead to muscle loss. and when you workout intensely glutamine levels can drop by as much as 50%. meaning that it will allow you to make greater overall gains in the long run. This stuff is in extremely high demand throughout your body for a number of important processes. it is still a recommended part of a solid supplementation program. meats. a large portion of which is found in lean muscle tissue. In fact. glutamine is a non-essential amino acid. You see. 2007 . While glutamine's effects are not as dramatic as those of creatine. What does this stuff do. glutamine will not yield any dramatic immediate effects. and since the immune system is so heavily stressed through resistance training. meaning that your body can produce it on its own. similar to protein powder.All Rights Reserved Page 147 of 229 . One of glutamine's most important jobs is to fuel the immune system. This is why supplementing your diet with extra glutamine is a good idea.The Truth About Building Muscle Chapter 5: Supplementing For Massive Gains Glutamine Glutamine is another very basic bodybuilding supplement and provides many beneficial muscle-building effects.
it benefits us by preventing the process of muscle breakdown from occurring.MuscleGainTruth. In order to get the most out of all of the foods you'll be consuming you must ensure that your body is absorbing all of the nutrients efficiently. This in itself is an extremely important benefit and is worth the cost alone.com . so rather than building muscle directly on its own. Like I said before. glutamine will speed up the muscle-building process by preventing muscle catabolism. Along with its anti-catabolic and immune boosting benefits. in order to achieve dramatic increases in muscle mass and strength you'll have to consume much larger than normal amounts of protein. Rather than directly building muscle on its own. failing to reach the muscles isn't really a bad thing in this case. Glutamine will help to decrease the chance of this happening and will keep your immune system and natural resistance mechanisms in tip-top shape. Since glutamine is in such high demand throughout your body it will simply go to the area where it is needed most. but you will also greatly decrease your chances of getting sick. 2007 . Remember. catching a cold or flu in the midst of hard and consistent training is very difficult to deal with both mentally and physically. carbohydrates and fat. most of the glutamine you supplement with does not even reach your muscles. glutamine is an anti-catabolic agent. glutamine can increase the integrity of the immune system while leaving muscle proteins intact. Anytime your body undergoes physical stress it will not have to break down muscle tissue in order to obtain glutamine since it will already be provided with an external source.www. glutamine also plays an important role in digestion. It is also interesting to note that while this amino acid allows you to gain body weight at a faster pace.All Rights Reserved Page 148 of 229 . Not only will you be able to recover faster between workouts. As you already know. I know what you're thinking… "How can glutamine increase muscle mass if it isn't even absorbed by the muscles?" Well. By doing this. one of glutamine's most important jobs is to fuel the immune system.The Truth About Building Muscle Chapter 5: Supplementing For Massive Gains This is why supplementing your diet with additional glutamine is so important. As you'll read later on.
MuscleGainTruth. 5 grams before bed. However. typical doses are in the range of 5-10 grams daily. Another great time to take your glutamine is right before bed. to recap… If you decide to use 10 grams daily… Workout Days: 5 grams post-workout.The Truth About Building Muscle Chapter 5: Supplementing For Massive Gains Glutamine helps to maintain optimal digestive health from your lips to your stomach to your intestines. Not only that. Non-Workout Days: 5 grams with an afternoon meal. This is the time when your body is in a catabolic state and when muscle breakdown is occurring at a rapid rate. So.www. 5 grams before bed. The liver helps to flush out harmful toxins from the body and also secretes many important anabolic hormones. Glutamine will help to minimize muscle loss while you sleep and will keep your hard-earned muscle tissue intact.com . but glutamine also works to keep your liver working to its full potential. the plain fact is that you'll be going at least 8 hours without any food. If you use 10 grams. Some research has also shown that taking glutamine before bed will increase the secretion of growth hormone. and at what times? I would recommend 5-10 grams everyday (1-2 teaspoons). Although sleep is very important in the recovery process. 2007 . Glutamine is simply an amino acid and since it occurs naturally in your body there really isn't a recommended daily amount set in stone. So how much glutamine should you supplement with everyday.All Rights Reserved Page 149 of 229 . Glutamine also allows the body to maintain optimal levels of a very important antioxidant called glutathione. ideally within half an hour. an extremely important anabolic substance. then you should divide this into 2 servings of 5 grams to allow for maximum absorption. The absolute most important time to use a serving of glutamine is directly after your workout. This will make sure that all of those macromolecules you consume everyday are being broken down and utilized fully. You could take up to 20 or 30 grams if you really wanted to. Supplementing with glutamine will help to reverse this process and switch your body back into an anabolic state so that muscle growth can take place.
The Truth About Building Muscle Chapter 5: Supplementing For Massive Gains If you decide to use 5 grams daily… Workout Days: 5 grams post-workout Non-Workout Days: 5 grams before bed. I personally use 10 grams on workout days and 5 grams on non-workout days. dramatic muscle increases. 2007 .www. you should be able to see by now that it is extremely important in the overall muscle-building process and is a supplement that no serious weightlifter should be without.com .MuscleGainTruth. Although glutamine will not provide any instant.All Rights Reserved Page 150 of 229 .
com . I would definitely recommend consuming a high-potency multivitamin every single day. Another name given to a co-enzyme is a vitamin. An enzyme is made of protein and an attached "co-enzyme". you'd have to balance out your diet extremely accurately in order to consume them in the proper amounts and ratios. Simply put. The job of an enzyme is to speed up the rate of chemical reactions within the body. They believe that all of the vitamins and minerals found in natural foods are more than enough to supply our bodies with sufficient amounts of these important little nutrients. and very fast. Because of this. the body relies on the use of enzymes. It does this by lowering the amount of energy that is needed for the reaction to occur.MuscleGainTruth. In this day in age. the goal of supplying the body with proper amounts of vitamins and minerals usually falls far short of the mark. very few know exactly what they do. When it all comes down to it. The co-enzyme alters the shape of the protein so that the enzyme can perform its job properly. without enzymes you'd be dead. 2007 . but I'd like to review some basic biology for those of you who don't really know what a vitamin is.www. There are thousands of these reactions going on at all times with the goal of keeping you alive and healthy. I don't want to get too in depth here.The Truth About Building Muscle Chapter 5: Supplementing For Massive Gains Multivitamins Nowadays there is a large school of thought who believe that taking a multivitamin is unnecessary and a waste of time. In order for these reactions to occur efficiently.All Rights Reserved Page 151 of 229 . The thing I find funny is that although everyone knows we need vitamins. your body is basically one giant mass of chemical reactions. While it may be true that natural foods contain all of the vitamins and minerals you need. where most people's diets consists of large amounts of simple sugar and fast food.
the stored form of carbohydrates in the body. It can also increase vasodilation and help you to appear fuller and more vascular. This means that if your body is deficient in just one vitamin.Heavily involved in energy metabolism which will help to provide the body with more fuel for those intense workouts. Strenuous physical activity drains the body of vitamin A. Thiamine helps the body to produce hemoglobin. keep in mind that vitamins have literally thousands of functions. Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine) . it will literally affect hundreds of reactions within your body. Before you read the following. vitamins allow your enzymes to perform properly. Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin) . 2007 . Some studies have shown that there is a direct relationship between riboflavin intake and lean body weight. Now can you see why vitamins are so important? I'm not just talking about overall health in general. which carries oxygen around the body. Vitamin B3 (Niacin) .The Truth About Building Muscle Chapter 5: Supplementing For Massive Gains So in the grand scheme of things. and this allows all of the chemical reactions going on in your body to be performed efficiently. vitamins have a direct effect on many important muscle-building processes as well.www. This can be beneficial during intense workouts when oxygen is needed most.All Rights Reserved Page 152 of 229 .Very important because of its effect on protein digestion. It is also involved in the production of glycogen.Plays many important roles in the body such as fat burning and proper energy production from carbohydrates. so this is why supplementing with an extra amount can be beneficial. and this means that your body needs a higher amount of vitamin B6 than the average Joe.Heavily involved in protein metabolism and muscle growth. Vitamin B1 (Thiamine) .Plays a key role in protein synthesis: the conversion of amino acids into muscle tissue.com . The ones I'm going to list are the benefits that are specifically related to building muscle. B6 is also involved in energy metabolism and carbohydrate burning. I'm not going to list every single vitamin out there.MuscleGainTruth. but here are some of the ones that will be most important to you… Vitamin A . Muscle-building diets require larger than normal amounts of protein.
This vitamin also plays a key role in the burning of carbohydrates for fuel.All Rights Reserved Page 153 of 229 . Phosphorus is involved in the synthesis of ATP. Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant which flushes out free radicals and prevents damage to your body cells. 2007 . the usable form of energy within the body.The Truth About Building Muscle Chapter 5: Supplementing For Massive Gains Vitamin B12 (Cobalamin) . the value of vitamins cannot be understated. This will help to flush out many of the natural metabolic waste products your body produces and maintain the health of your cell membranes. Vitamin C . Collagen is found in your connective tissue and keeps your joints strong and healthy. consuming adequate amounts of these vitamins is very important.Ensures that the brain and muscle tissue are communicating efficiently and this has a direct effect on muscle growth and coordination. Biotin helps the body metabolize amino acids and produce energy during workouts.com . Vitamin C also plays a role in the production of steroid hormones in the body and also enhances the absorption of iron. Vitamin E . Vitamin C is heavily involved in amino acid metabolism and the formation of collagen. From protein digestion to energy metabolism to fat burning to hormone production. Vitamin D . Consuming a basic. Calcium is very important during muscle contractions and also helps to maintain strong bones and joints. highpotency multivitamin will ensure that you are receiving all of the vitamins you need. It will keep every little process in your body running at a smooth and effective rate.Crucial because it has a direct effect on calcium and phosphorus absorption.MuscleGainTruth.A lot of people trying to build muscle consume large amounts of egg whites. Biotin . Are you convinced now? As you can clearly see.This is arguably the most important vitamin for those trying to gain weight. On top of all of this. and this causes the body to produce a substance called avidin which blocks the absorption of biotin.www.A very powerful antioxidant which helps to hunt out and neutralize free radicals.
Sodium . The more oxygen you can provide your muscles with. Here are some of the more important minerals and the ways in which they will benefit you.com .MuscleGainTruth. It also plays a role in muscle contractions.. Vitamin C plays so many vital roles in muscle-building and immune health and therefore can be taken in higher amounts. the faster they can recover as you workout. Studies have also shown that intense exercise lowers the amount of zinc in the body. high-potency multivitamin will usually provide you with anywhere from 200500mg of vitamin C. small. copper and sodium. If you do decide to supplement with extra vitamin C. so does every mineral. This will help to keep your strength at top levels for every set you perform.An electrolyte that helps to regulate the amount of water your body holds or excretes. A good. and this is where supplementation can definitely help. Everyone is always calling them "multivitamins".. It is arguably one of the most important minerals for weight lifters. as you already know.www. you should probably take an extra 1000-2000mg per day. Zinc .Zinc is involved in almost every process that has to do with growth. Most multivitamins also contain a wide spectrum of minerals. potassium. you don't really need to worry about taking too much.All Rights Reserved Page 154 of 229 . Minerals are substances such as calcium. Since it is water-soluble. helps to carry oxygen around the body. as it will simply be flushed out through sweat or urine. iron. 2007 .This mineral plays a role in protein synthesis and energy production. which. Iron .A component of hemoglobin. but in reality they are much more than just that. Magnesium . inorganic nutrients that also affect many important processes in the body.The Truth About Building Muscle Chapter 5: Supplementing For Massive Gains A lot of lifters also supplement with extra vitamin C which they buy separately from their multivitamins. Just as every vitamin makes some contribution to the muscle-building process.
www. If your levels of potassium are too low you may end up with dehydration and muscle weakness.com . glucose and fatty acids into your body cells. It also plays a role in the metabolism of carbohydrates and fats. It has a direct effect on muscular contractions and also helps to maintain the integrity of the bones which can be heavily stressed from intense weight training.Important in the production of glycogen and is also involved in nerve impulses that result in muscular contractions. 2007 .Is involved in the production of ATP. the useable form of energy in the body. Calcium .MuscleGainTruth. Phosphorus may also reduce lactic acid buildup. Chromium .The Truth About Building Muscle Chapter 5: Supplementing For Massive Gains Potassium . Phosphorus also contributes to the production of creatine phosphate.All Rights Reserved Page 155 of 229 . Phosphorus . an important molecule which plays a critical role in high intensity exercise.Allows insulin to perform its job properly by causing this hormone to properly transport amino acids.Calcium is the most abundant mineral in the body and has many major benefits.
Just to review their amazing benefits… 1) Increases testosterone production. I won't go into anymore detail about the functions of EFA's. one serving in the morning and then another at night. A great way to really tap into these benefits is to supplement your diet with extra essential fatty acids. since they were already covered in the nutrition section. You can simply consume 2 tablespoons of each per day.com . This will provide your body with all of the benefits essential fatty acids have to offer without forcing you to eat gigantic portions of peanuts and avacados.www. A really simple way of doing this is to go to the grocery store and purchase a bottle of flax seed oil and a bottle of extra virgin olive oil. 3) Improves insulin action. 5) Increases nitrogen retention. One way you can do this is to add some nutritional oils to your diet. You can mix the oils with some juice or a protein shake or consume them on their own.MuscleGainTruth.The Truth About Building Muscle Chapter 5: Supplementing For Massive Gains Essential Fatty Acids (EFA's) You've already learned about the many amazing benefits of essential fatty acids and the critical role they play in building muscle.All Rights Reserved Page 156 of 229 . 2007 . 6) Improves metabolism. 4) Improves energy production of cells. 2) Increases growth hormone secretion.
The Truth About Building Muscle Chapter 5: Supplementing For Massive Gains Glucosamine Glucosamine sulfate is a sugary compound that is formed when glucose joins together with the amino acid glutamine. over time. I would suggest using glucosamine as a part of your regular supplement plan at a dosage of 1000-1500mg per day. glucosamine can be absorbed by the body tissues at a rate of 98%. Rather than being used as an energy source like most simple carbohydrates are. It also helps to cushion and lubricate joint surfaces by increasing the body's secretion of synovial fluid.MuscleGainTruth. may catch up to you. I cannot stress to you enough just how important it is that you make an effort to keep yourself injury-free. Glucosamine can also be taken alongside another popular joint-care supplement called chondroitin. Another great characteristic of this supplement is its high absorption rate within the body. Many companies sell products that are a combination of both glucosamine and chondroitin. Highly intensive training stresses your muscles and joints. While many other "joint-healing" supplements and pills work by simply reducing inflammation and pain. but if this supplement provides any significant edge at all then it is definitely worth a shot. Because the molecules are so small. 2007 . It has also been shown to block the enzymes responsible for degenerating cartilage.www.com . which. amino sugars are incorporated into the structure of body tissues. Supplementing with glucosamine (chondroitin is also an option) does not guarantee anything.All Rights Reserved Page 157 of 229 . Chondroitin also plays a key role in injury prevention by surrounding joint surfaces and allowing for a smooth range of motion. glucosamine actually treats the problem by rebuilding damaged cartilage and connective tissue.
but they may provide a slight edge if you're willing to spend a few extra bucks.MuscleGainTruth.com . They are not "must-haves" when it comes to muscle-building supplementation.www.The Truth About Building Muscle Chapter 5: Supplementing For Massive Gains Worth a Try This section is comprised of some popular supplements that typically get mixed reviews.All Rights Reserved Page 158 of 229 . 1) CLA 2) N02 3) ZMA 4) Tribulus 5) Caffeine 2007 .
The studies are too conflicting to provide any concrete evidence. the research is still somewhat unclear. It has been said that CLA creates an environment in the body where greater amounts of fat can be burned and muscle mass can be synthesized at higher rates. Some fats (the "unsaturated fats') are actually quite beneficial to overall health and play many important roles in the body. CLA probably shouldn't be a part of your program. CLA has been shown to be an impressive anti-cancer agent and also has significant antioxidant properties. CLA is found mainly in meat and dairy products and was first discovered in 1978 by Michael W. If you're looking to use only basic. but anywhere from 2000-4500mg daily should be fine. we also can't say for sure if it does.www. not all fats are created equally. 2007 . gaining strength and burning fat? Well. just like many other supplements out there. Pariza at the University of Wisconsin. Studies on rodents show significant results. but it is uncertain whether these benefits carry over to humans.The Truth About Building Muscle Chapter 5: Supplementing For Massive Gains CLA As you'll recall from the nutrition section.com . Conjugated Linoleic Acid.All Rights Reserved Page 159 of 229 . CLA dosages vary quite a bit.MuscleGainTruth. What's the verdict on CLA? I'm not going to rule it out. If you're looking to spend a few extra bucks to try and gain an extra edge. but I'm also not going fully recommend it. but what impact does this fatty acid have on building muscle. definitely falls under this category. Supplement companies claim that CLA is an anti-catabolic substance that helps to regulate fat and protein metabolism. most commonly known as CLA. That's all fine and dandy. it's definitely worth at least trying. Although we can't say that CLA fails to live up to these claims. reputable supplements.
would ultimately lead to greater oxygen and nutrient uptake into the muscle cells. we still shouldn't rule it out completely. Many real-world users report significant positive results using the supplement. but if you're looking for something new. which is a special type of this amino acid that allows the body to maintain a constantly high level of nitric oxide at all times. 2007 . otherwise known as "vasodilation".MuscleGainTruth." Just walk into any bodybuilding supplement store and you'll instantly see all sorts of N02 products lining the shelves. no one really knows for sure. don't expect to try this stuff out for a small cost. N02 is definitely not a must-have. This high level of nitric oxide is supposed to aid bodybuilders and athletes by providing an increase in blood flow to the muscles. Don't let the supplement companies fool you. Just because there is no proof of its effectiveness doesn't mean that it won't work. Does N02 really work? Well.www. Although N02 is not backed up by any concrete evidence. I don't see anything wrong with giving it a try. Supplement companies claim that the use of N02 will dramatically increase the size and strength of type 2 fast twitch muscle fibers and will also have a positive effect on strength and power output. This increase in blood flow. Most N02 products contain arginine alpha-ketoglutarate. In order to produce nitric oxide.com . N02 has made a huge splash on the bodybuilding scene and is being dubbed as "the biggest thing since creatine.All Rights Reserved Page 160 of 229 . N02 supposedly works by increasing the body's levels of a free-form gas called nitric oxide. the body breaks down the amino acid arginine.The Truth About Building Muscle Chapter 5: Supplementing For Massive Gains N02 In recent years. as N02 is one of the more expensive supplements on the shelf. However. resulting in increased growth and performance. because there still has yet to be a study that can say with certainty that an increase in nitric oxide levels has positive implications for muscle growth.
more absorbable forms of these minerals: zinc monomethionine and magnesium apartate. in cases where there is a deficiency of zinc and magnesium (due to strenuous workouts) ZMA may be a reasonable solution. Since testosterone is considered to be the most important anabolic hormone responsible for building muscle mass and strength. magnesium (450mg) and vitamin B6 (11mg). ZMA is typically taken in the ratio of zinc (30mg). Another piece of evidence that supports the use of ZMA is the fact that when taken together. it's definitely something worth looking into. it would seem that ZMA would be quite beneficial.com . I won't classify ZMA as a "must-have". So. ZMA uses different. does this stuff really live up to the hype? So far. Because of this. consuming extra amounts of these minerals would theoretically boost the levels of this important hormone. The question is. taking a high potency multivitamin is probably not enough to correct the deficiency.MuscleGainTruth. Since zinc and magnesium both play an important role in the production of testosterone.= 2007 . minerals compete for absorption. the evidence supports that ZMA may actually serve a useful purpose as part of an effective supplementation program. but for those who use supplements as a regular part of their program.All Rights Reserved Page 161 of 229 .www. Supplement companies claim that consuming a ZMA formula leads to an increase in freeflowing testosterone levels and aids in recovery. magnesium and vitamin B6. Most research has shown with reasonable certainty that hard training athletes and bodybuilders are deficient in both zinc and magnesium. Unlike typical zinc or magnesium supplements.The Truth About Building Muscle Chapter 5: Supplementing For Massive Gains ZMA ZMA is a vitamin and mineral formula that is made up of zinc. The best time to take this supplement is about 30-60 minutes before bedtime on an empty stomach.
2007 . As a bodybuilding supplement. Regardless of this lack of concrete evidence. kidney and cardiovascular diseases. LH basically "tells" the body to produce higher amounts of testosterone.www. tribulus is recognized as a testosterone booster. It has been used by many different cultures to treat a variety of ailments.com . I wouldn't consider tribulus a "must-have" by any means.All Rights Reserved Page 162 of 229 . but I don't see anything wrong with giving it a try. tribulus still remains as a top-selling supplement. The typical dose is 750-1250mg per day.The Truth About Building Muscle Chapter 5: Supplementing For Massive Gains Tribulus Tribulus terrestris is an herb that grows in many tropical and moderate areas of the world. but works by raising the body's levels of a substance called LH (luteinizing hormone). It's fairly inexpensive and you may very well notice a difference with it. Bulgarians used tribulus as a sex-enhancer and as a treatment for infertility. Tribulus does not directly raise testosterone levels. Testosterone is the most important muscle-building hormone in the body and is one of the limiting factors that determines how much muscle a person can gain. The Chinese used it for liver.MuscleGainTruth. The Greeks used tribulus as a diuretic and mood-enhancer. The research on tribulus is still unclear. and this would seem to have positive implications for muscle growth and workout performance. There has yet to be a study that shows a definite relationship between tribulus use and increased muscle size or strength.
Decaf. tea. brewed. Caffeine also delays the onset of muscle fatigue and seems to be quite effective at reducing muscle pain during exercise. Instant Tea. You can either buy caffeine in pill form or you can simply consume a caffeine-containing beverage such as coffee or tea. instant Caffeine (mg) 115-175 80-135 100 65-100 47 60 40 30 15 14 3-4 2-3 2007 .The Truth About Building Muscle Chapter 5: Supplementing For Massive Gains Caffeine Caffeine is a naturally occurring stimulant and is considered the most socially acceptable drug in the world (yes.S. caffeine is a drug). Here the caffeine levels in some commonly consumed beverages… 8-ounce Beverage Coffee.) Tea. brewed Coffee. U.MuscleGainTruth. Drip Coffee. iced Tea. Brewed Coffee. Decaf.com . kola. Keeping in mind that too much of anything may not be good. brewed. It has been shown to increase stamina and strength as well as alleviate some of the discomfort associated with highly intensive training.) Tea. Espresso (2 ounces) Coffee. imported brands (avg. cocoa and guarana and can produce some very noticeable effects when consumed.www.All Rights Reserved Page 163 of 229 . green Hot cocoa Coffee. It is classified as an alkaloid and is very effective at stimulating the central nervous system. brands (avg. It can be found in many natural plants such as coffee. Most people report quite a significant boost when supplementing with caffeine before their workouts. instant Tea. caffeine is a highly inexpensive supplement and you may find it quite helpful to consume before exercising. 100-400mg taken half an hour before your workout should do the trick. Caffeine works by stimulating the central nervous system and by providing the body with increased mental alertness and energy.
If you've got some money to blow and enjoy trying new things. 1) HMB 2) Methoxy 3) Taurine 4) BCAA's 5) Chromium Picolinate 2007 . and there isn't any hard-fast evidence to suggest they provide any benefit when it comes to building muscle or gaining strength. the following products might be worth looking into.www.All Rights Reserved Page 164 of 229 .com . The idea behind them makes sense.MuscleGainTruth.The Truth About Building Muscle Chapter 5: Supplementing For Massive Gains Might Be Worth A Try The research is fairly unclear on the following supplements. but we are still ultimately unclear as to whether or not they provide any real-world benefits.
HMB is a metabolite (a substance produced during metabolism) of the amino acid leucine and can be found naturally in foods such as alfalfa. and its performance in the lab was very promising. The problem.MuscleGainTruth. They ended up isolating HMB. most users of HMB give negative reviews. but definitely should not be a part of your must-have list. Most studies done on the supplement demonstrated that it did in fact have a significant effect on building lean muscle mass and in burning fat. otherwise known as HMB. Leucine is the most beneficial amino acid of the three that make up the BCAA chain (you'll learn about BCAA's later on in this section) and has been shown to play an important role in preventing muscle wasting and in promoting an increase in lean muscle mass.All Rights Reserved Page 165 of 229 .www. Some people swear by it. If you do decide to give it a try. catfish and grapefruit. but the general consensus is that HMB simply doesn't work all that well. is a very popular bodybuilding supplement these days. We'll need to wait until more concrete evidence surfaces as to whether this stuff really is effective or not. is that these positive lab results didn't carry over to the real world.com . Because of this I would say that HMB might be worth a try. The ultimate verdict is unclear. 2007 . As a whole. however. Scientists then theorized that there may be a metabolite of leucine that could be taken orally and in smaller amounts in order to produce these beneficial effects. the typical dosage is 3000mg per day.The Truth About Building Muscle Chapter 5: Supplementing For Massive Gains HMB Beta-hydroxy beta-methylbutyrate.
MuscleGainTruth.The Truth About Building Muscle Chapter 5: Supplementing For Massive Gains Methoxy Methoxyisoflavone.www. a group of compounds derived from plants.All Rights Reserved Page 166 of 229 . Or so they thought." Companies were claiming that methoxy could produce the same anabolic effect as steroids. When it first became popular in the late 1990's. not muscle mass. In most studies done on methoxy. the increase in body weight is actually due to its effect on bone mass. decrease cortisol levels and improve recovery in between workouts. belongs to the flavone family. but without the side effects. but it might be worth a try. They put a patent on it and basically had it "locked up" until it expired in 1997. I'm not disregarding methoxy as a useful supplement. Methoxy is supposed to increase protein synthesis. all I'm saying is that there's no concrete reason to believe its use is beneficial. That would be awfully nice. 2007 . A Hungarian company called “Chinoin” first discovered methoxy about 30 years ago. but so far the research has shown otherwise. otherwise known as methoxy. The typical dosage is 200-400mg taken twice daily. Researchers then got a hold of the paperwork and discovered that methoxy was a highly anabolic compound that produced amazing bodybuilding effects.com . Methoxy definitely doesn't fall under the category of "recommended" supplements. methoxy was dubbed as the next "breakthrough miracle supplement.
com .MuscleGainTruth. but whether or not these benefits carry over to humans is still unclear. This would ultimately lead to increased cell hydration and an increase in protein synthesis. 2007 . Studies conducted on taurine so far are interesting.All Rights Reserved Page 167 of 229 . However. Research performed on rats shows promising results.www. Supplement companies claim that taurine expands the muscle cell and allows it to hold greater amounts of water (similar to the way that creatine does). Based on what we know so far. It is also said that taurine enhances "interstitial contractile leverage" which basically translates to an increase in strength. It is not referred to as being non-essential because it is not important in the body. As more research is done we will be able to gain a better understanding of this amino acid and its effect on bodybuilders. Taurine is gaining popularity as a muscle-building supplement mainly because of its supposed effects on muscle cell volumization.The Truth About Building Muscle Chapter 5: Supplementing For Massive Gains Taurine Taurine is a non-essential amino acid that ranks second only to glutamine as being the most abundant amino acid in the body. it's not highly expensive. and if you're looking for something knew it might be worth a shot. but rather because the body is able to produce taurine on its own. but still have not been able to clearly demonstrate its effectiveness. I wouldn't recommend that you run out and spend your money on taurine just yet.
The theory behind BCAA supplementation makes sense. leucine seems to play the most critical role. The term BCAA stands for Branched-Chain Amino Acids. The good news is that whey protein is actually very high in BCAA content and you can actually obtain a fairly reasonable amount of these amino acids simply by sticking to basic protein shakes. proteins are made up of smaller building blocks called amino acids. BCAA's are the amino acids that are broken down and oxidized during strenuous exercise and also make up one-third of the amino acids found in muscle tissue.The Truth About Building Muscle Chapter 5: Supplementing For Massive Gains BCAA's As you already know from the nutrition section.All Rights Reserved Page 168 of 229 . Essential amino acids are those that cannot be produced by the body and must be consumed through the diet. Of these three amino acids. 2007 .com .www. isoleucine and valine. BCAA's are made up of the 3 essential amino acids leucine. but BCAA supplementation requires a fairly high dosage for a fairly high price. Not only that. There are two different types of amino acids: essential and non-essential. Most of the studies done on BCAA supplementation have not been able to provide any concrete evidence that its use has any real beneficial effects. however the research hasn't been quite as promising. BCAA's are considered an anti-catabolic supplement because they play an important role in preventing muscle wasting.MuscleGainTruth. but I won't rule out their use completely. They have also been praised for their positive effect on protein synthesis (the conversion of amino acids into lean muscle tissue). I wouldn't put BCAA's on my list of recommended supplements.
but what implications does this hold for increasing muscle mass and strength? It's very hard to say.www. because chromium picolinate has one of the most inconsistent track records of any supplement out there. Chromium picolinate is considered to be the most absorbable form of chromium. not muscle building) and other studies have shown no beneficial effect whatsoever. some people swear by it. What's the verdict? Unless you are deficient in chromium or require it for other specific health purposes. Still. It is said that chromium can enhance insulin's effect on the body by improving the uptake of glucose into the cells.The Truth About Building Muscle Chapter 5: Supplementing For Massive Gains Chromium Picolinate Chromium is a highly important trace mineral that plays a critical role in the body's production of insulin. so I'll still say that it might possibly be worth a try.All Rights Reserved Page 169 of 229 . 2007 . As long as you take a good. There's no doubt that chromium plays an important role when it comes to the function of insulin and overall bodily health. high-potency multivitamin and consume a well balanced diet you should be getting all the chromium you need.com .MuscleGainTruth. Some studies have show this substance to be quite effective (note that its main effects were on fat loss. I don't see any reason to directly supplement with it. This results in more efficient blood circulation and blood sugar level maintenance.
1) Citrulline 2) Ecdysterone 3) Myostatin Blockers 4) Tyrosine 5) Carnitine 2007 .MuscleGainTruth.www. and one that I suggest you steer clear of. they probably aren't even worth bothering with.All Rights Reserved Page 170 of 229 . but their effectiveness just doesn't live up to the hype. The following products are still heavily marketed by supplement companies.The Truth About Building Muscle Chapter 5: Supplementing For Massive Gains Don't Bother This brings us to our final category.com . These supplements lack solid research and as far as building muscle goes.
com . improves muscle recovery and also provides a much better "pump" in the gym. Sounds pretty fancy. doesn't it? I thought so too.All Rights Reserved Page 171 of 229 . as well as increase ATP production. Supplement companies claim that this substance will increase nitric oxide production. there still has yet to be a single study performed that demonstrates any significant relationship between citrulline malate supplementation and an increase in muscle mass. energy or recovery. citrulline is a substrate of the urea cycle.MuscleGainTruth. reduce lactic acid and ammonia build up. and malate is a tricarboxylic acid cycle intermediate. 2007 . However. strength. Supplement companies are touting citrulline as the "next big thing". Citrulline supposedly increases endurance during intense exercise. It sounds great.www. but so far it has not lived up to its reputation. but as far as bodybuilding goes. citrulline malate would be quite an effective bodybuilding supplement. It does seem to have some potential as being beneficial to the aerobic system. but does citrulline really live up to these claims? What exactly is citrulline malate? Well. but don't be fooled by the complex name. I wouldn't recommend it.The Truth About Building Muscle Chapter 5: Supplementing For Massive Gains Citrulline Citrulline Malate is the supplement that many people are calling the "new kid on the block" and are claiming is the next big thing in bodybuilding supplementation. If all of these benefits held true.
The Truth About Building Muscle Chapter 5: Supplementing For Massive Gains Ecdysterone Ecdysterone is what is known as a plant sterol: a compound found in plants that is structurally similar to anabolic human steroids such as testosterone. Some studies have shown that this compound can improve athletic performance as well as increase protein synthesis. It was first discovered in insects and it was found that they depended upon it for survival. but it's fairly safe to say at this point that there's nothing special about it. Ecdysterone was mostly popular a few years back and the hype has quieted down considerably. I don't see any reason to bother with the stuff and would recommend that you spend your supplement money elsewhere.MuscleGainTruth. Scientists wondered if this compound would have any significant effect on human muscle size and strength.www. We still don't know for sure what all of the effects of ecdysterone are. most scientists concluded that ecdysterone simply did not have any anabolic effect on humans.All Rights Reserved Page 172 of 229 . After various tests and studies. 2007 . Speculation then arose as to whether the presence of ecdysterone in insects played a role in their remarkable body size to strength ratio.com . but these studies are ultimately unclear.
estrogen levels and muscle-fiber distribution. Another major factor lies in a person's myostatin gene. Mysotatin is a protein that codes to limit the amount of muscle a person can gain. but the plain fact is that certain people have an easier time with it than others. supplement companies looked to cash in by creating pills known as "myostatin blockers". Need I go further? I think not. genetics do play a fairly large role in building muscle.MuscleGainTruth. Sounds amazing. Once this was discovered.All Rights Reserved Page 173 of 229 . huh? Well. None. There are many genetic factors that affect the rate at which a person gains muscle. anyone can become huge and muscular as long as they work hard at it.www. it would be amazing if it weren't for the fact that these companies have no evidence whatsoever to support that these products have even a slight effect on myostatin levels or muscle mass. Research on mice has shown that mutating or completely knocking off the myostatin gene results in huge increases in muscle mass. such as testosterone levels.com . Avoid these supplements completely. The basic idea is that these pills would limit the activity of the myostatin gene and would therefore allow the lifter to build muscle mass beyond their normal genetic potential.The Truth About Building Muscle Chapter 5: Supplementing For Massive Gains Myostatin Blockers Whether anybody wants to admit it or not. 2007 . I mean sure.
supplement companies claim that increasing the consumption of this amino acid will speed up the metabolism and lead to an increase in energy and mental focus. red meat and wheat products. 2007 .MuscleGainTruth. Other than that.All Rights Reserved Page 174 of 229 .com . I don't see any reason to spend your money on it. Studies done on tyrosine so far have shown that it can be an effective stress-reducing supplement and can also enhance the effect of certain weight loss products. It can be found naturally in seafood. no research to date can provide any concrete evidence of its effectiveness. The only use I can see for tyrosine is that it may be useful as a pre-workout stimulant (although caffeine will probably be much more effective for this purpose). As far as being a muscle-builder or strength enhancer.The Truth About Building Muscle Chapter 5: Supplementing For Massive Gains Tyrosine Tyrosine is a non-essential amino acid (the body can produce it on its own) and is a precursor to the body's adrenal hormones epinephrine and norepinephrine. What exactly does this amino acid do? Since tyrosine plays an important role in the production of stimulatory hormones.www.
www. It can be found naturally in foods such as red meat (particularly lamb and beef) as well as dairy products and avocados. Mitochondria is referred to as the "power house" of a cell because it is the area where energy is produced. 2007 . I wouldn't recommend supplementing with carnitine. Because of carnitine's role in energy metabolism. Companies claim that carnitine will help the body metabolize higher amounts of fat and will have a positive effect on energy levels and resistance to muscle fatigue. It has also been demonstrated that carnitine can lower bad cholesterol and raise good cholesterol.MuscleGainTruth. much remains to be proven.The Truth About Building Muscle Chapter 5: Supplementing For Massive Gains Carnitine Carnitine is synthesized in the body from the amino acids lysine and methionine. it is often sold as a fat-burning supplement. as there are many other products you could be using instead. Carnitine has been studied since 1937 and since then has been shown to have a positive effect on the cardiovascular system and on heart function.All Rights Reserved Page 175 of 229 . Carnitine plays many important roles in the body but is best known for its role in transferring long-chain fatty acids into the mitochondria.com . It is also said that carnitine will aid in the muscle building process. As far as its effects on burning fat and building muscle.
com .Myostatin Blockers .Chromium Picolinate Don't Bother .Taurine .Glutamine .MuscleGainTruth.Creatine .Tribulus .Citrulline .Essential Fatty Acids .ZMA .Protein Supplements .Multivitamins Worth a Try .The Truth About Building Muscle Chapter 5: Supplementing For Massive Gains Chapter 5 Review Recommended Supplements (in no particular order) .CLA .www.Tyrosine .HMB .Multivitamins .Carnitine 2007 .Ecdysterone .BCAA's .N02 .Caffeine Might Be Worth A Try .Methoxy .All Rights Reserved Page 176 of 229 .
If you follow these guidelines you will have a definite edge over a person who does not. at these 4 other times.MuscleGainTruth. carbohydrates and fats based on your bodyweight. and in the right amounts. there are specific foods and supplements you should be consuming. These times are first thing in the morning.All Rights Reserved Page 177 of 229 . right after your workout and right before bed. right before your workout. You can do this using any combination of food sources you like as long as they are on the approved list. However.The Truth About Building Muscle Chapter 6: Critical Feeding Times Chapter 6: Critical Feeding Times Now that you have a solid understanding of proper nutrition and supplementation. I'd like to detail 4 crucial times when the food and supplements you put into your body are of the utmost importance.www. At all other times during the day maintaining proper nutrition is simply a matter of supplying your body with approximately the right amount of protein.com . 2007 .
MuscleGainTruth.com . Let’s take a look at the state of your body upon awakening from a full night of rest (a time in which you will have gone at least 8 hours without any food or water)… 1) Protein levels are depleted and muscle catabolism is occurring rapidly 2) Blood sugar and glycogen levels are low 3) The body is severely dehydrated In terms of muscle growth. it’s important that you consume your breakfast meal as quickly as you possibly can.www. 2007 . You don’t want to waste any time here. Failing to consume an adequate breakfast will have a significant negative impact both on your ability to build and maintain muscle and on your ability to burn body fat throughout the day.The Truth About Building Muscle Chapter 6: Critical Feeding Times Morning Nutrition If you’re one of those people who likes to skip breakfast and go about their day without having a meal in them first. and sooner is better.All Rights Reserved Page 178 of 229 . protein. kick-start your fat burning metabolism and rehydrate your entire body. you can toss that habit right out the window from now on. Because of the highly catabolic state your body is in during this time. you guessed it. these are 3 really bad things! Your goal upon waking up is to correct this “nutritional deficit” by providing your body with the proper substances needed to reverse muscle catabolism. If you’re like me and find that you usually aren’t hungry when you wake up. The first main component of this meal is. You should not be waiting anymore than 45 minutes to have breakfast upon awakening. restore blood sugar and glycogen levels. I’d suggest taking in around 30-40 grams of protein coming from any high quality source. but 45 minutes is the maximum amount of time I would recommend waiting. then it’s okay to wait a little bit in order to build up a bit of an appetite.
The second component is 2 solid portions of moderate to higher glycemic carbohydrates. 2007 . Some examples might include some fruit. yogurt.MuscleGainTruth. Do not neglect this meal! They don’t call it the “most important meal of the day” for nothing.com .All Rights Reserved Page 179 of 229 . You can also throw in your flax seed oil and olive oil at this time if you choose to supplement with it. This will provide your body with the raw materials needed to stop breaking down muscle tissue and to switch the body back into an anabolic state.www. clean water in order to begin rehydrating your body. muffin.The Truth About Building Muscle Chapter 6: Critical Feeding Times A whey protein shake or some eggs will do fine. Along with your protein source and 2 portions of carbohydrates you should also consume around 500ml of pure. Since your blood sugar and glycogen is going to be low at this time it’s okay to consume faster-absorbing sources of carbs. These carbs will replenish your blood sugar levels and restore muscle glycogen. cereal or oatmeal.
This extremely important meal should be consumed anywhere from 30-45 minutes before the actual workout. Whey protein makes for a great pre-workout choice because it is naturally high in BCAA's.com . The only thing I will say is that when the body decides to break down muscle tissue for energy. you will burn more fat.MuscleGainTruth. Yes.www. The protein consumed at this meal should not be just any protein. 2007 .The Truth About Building Muscle Chapter 6: Critical Feeding Times Pre-Workout Nutrition It is very important that every time you set foot in the gym you are fully prepared to do battle with the weights. The first step in this preparation begins before you even arrive at the gym. Having a solid pre-workout meal will increase your strength. so I won't go into much detail about them. The best way of accomplishing this is to mix 25-35 grams of whey protein isolate with 300-400 ml of milk. but try your best to fall into the 30-45 minute range. You work damn hard for every pound of muscle tissue that you build on your body and so it is vital that you do everything possible to maintain your gains. but it will also increase the chance of nausea setting in during your workout. it is the BCAA's that will be tapped into. you guessed it. One of the biggest mistakes you could make would be to neglect this important meal and to perform your workout on an empty stomach. isoleucine and valine. BCAA stands for branched-chain amino acids and consists of leucine.All Rights Reserved Page 180 of 229 . but should ideally come from a mix of whey and casein. Whey protein is naturally high in BCAA's and this will help to prevent muscle catabolism during your workout. Some people believe that by training on an empty stomach they will force their bodies to burn higher amounts of fat since no carbohydrates will be present. The first component of this meal is. This meal is designed to keep your body in an anabolic state throughout your workout and to increase your strength and energy levels. Not only will training on an empty stomach increase muscle breakdown. keep your energy levels peaked and will prevent muscle breakdown from occurring during your workout. I talked very briefly about this compound earlier in the supplementation section. Being off by a little bit is no big deal. protein. but you will also break down more muscle as well.
So. This pre-workout meal should be fairly small to allow for easy digestion and to prevent you from feeling sick when you train. The fact is that as long as you consistently take your creatine on a daily basis your muscles will always be saturated with it.www. This will result in a rapid rise in insulin levels followed by a sharp fall. Oatmeal. You don't want to choose high-glycemic carbohydrates before your workout because of the effect it will have on your body's insulin levels. It is after the workout when your body will absorb the highest amount of nutrients (which we will talk about next) and this is when creatine supplementation is ideal. Along with your pre-workout protein shake you should also consume some slow-release carbohydrates. so choose carbohydrates that won't cause this rapid fluctuation in insulin levels. Because of this there is really no added benefit to taking it before your workout. The fall in insulin levels will leave you feeling weak. just to recap… 30-45 minutes before your workout: 1) 25-35 grams of whey protein mixed with 300-400ml of milk 2) A serving of slow release carbohydrates (i. A lot of people like to take creatine before their workout hoping that it will increase their strength and energy levels. apples or brown rice will provide your body with a steady stream of sugars throughout the workout and will keep your energy levels peaked. tired and sluggish. When you consume carbohydrates that are rapidly released into your bloodstream. your body will release a surge of insulin in an effort to level out your blood sugar levels.MuscleGainTruth.com . apple) 2007 . Pre-workout carbohydrate choices such as oatmeal.All Rights Reserved Page 181 of 229 . You should never workout without having a meal in you first. This is the last thing you want in the middle of a high intensity workout. yogurt.The Truth About Building Muscle Chapter 6: Critical Feeding Times Mixing your whey with milk is a good idea because this will slow down the release of the protein and provide your body with a steady stream of amino acids throughout your workout.e.
3) High level of free radicals.The Truth About Building Muscle Chapter 6: Critical Feeding Times Post-Workout Nutrition A lot of people highly underestimate the importance of the post-workout period and greatly reduce their gains as a result. By the end of your workout your body will have released a large amount of muscle glycogen into the bloodstream to be broken down into glucose for use as fuel.MuscleGainTruth.. It is absolutely vital that you have a good understanding of proper post-workout nutrition or your gains will surely suffer. After you finish your workout your muscles will be in a state of breakdown as cortisol circulates throughout your body. soaking up anything and everything you provide them with. 2007 . Cortisol is a stress hormone that stimulates the breakdown of muscle tissue for use as energy. and as a result your muscles will literally act as a sponge. especially for anaerobic activities such as weight training.. after about 45 minutes of intense exercise the body releases a powerful catabolic hormone called cortisol. I'll try to break this section down and make things as basic as possible. the absolute most crucial time to pay close attention to when and what you eat is during the 3-hour period following your workout. Carbohydrates are a major source of fuel for the body. Let's first look at the state of your body following a high-intensity workout. When it comes to proper nutrition. During this timeframe your body will be in a high state of stress.www. Free radicals are natural metabolic waste products that are produced in the body as a result of natural processes and from intense exercise. As you already know.com . 2) Blood sugar and glycogen levels are low. 1) Muscle breakdown is occurring. By feeding your body with the right foods and supplements during this crucial period you will greatly increase nutrient uptake into your muscles.All Rights Reserved Page 182 of 229 . increase muscle growth and speed up your recovery.
This half-hour period is known as the "window of opportunity". After a highly intensive workout free radical levels will be fairly high. 2) Restore blood sugar and glycogen levels. Because of the enormous amount of stress you have placed on your body and the intense protein and carbohydrate depletion going on within. your body will do anything it can to restore its normal levels. and so you must take full advantage of this time period. mutate cell membranes and can cause destruction within your body. 4) The body is in a state of maximum nutrient uptake. 2007 .All Rights Reserved Page 183 of 229 . Keeping all of this in mind. Most people don't feel like sitting down for a big meal directly after an intense workout.The Truth About Building Muscle Chapter 6: Critical Feeding Times Free radicals are electrically charged molecules that attack your cells. your muscles are literally begging for nutrients. High levels of free radicals in the body have been linked with many diseases such as cancer and diabetes. Remember.com . This post-workout shake should ideally be consumed within half an hour after your workout.www. 4) Feed the muscles with proper muscle-building nutrients in order to facilitate rapid recovery Sounds like a lot of work huh? Well. 3) Decrease free radical circulation. it's not really that hard.MuscleGainTruth. Your muscles have basically become sponges and will soak up much larger than normal amounts of nutrients. because it is during this time when your muscles will be extremely responsive and absorb the highest amount of protein and carbohydrates. the goal of the post-workout period is this: 1) Reverse muscle catabolism and put your body back into an anabolic state. and luckily the post-workout shake is in liquid form. and I'm going to show you how to accomplish all of this step-by-step. The first and main component of an efficient post-workout plan is to consume a "post-workout shake".
The most important thing to remember here is that you must mix your protein in water. These carbohydrates should ideally come in the form of simple sugar from a high glycemic juice or other sugary drink. As you already know. It will allow you to shuttle all of those important nutrients into your muscle cells in a matter of minutes. This is a cheap and very effective post-workout sugar.MuscleGainTruth. Ingesting 30 to 40 grams of pure whey protein isolate will quickly switch your body from a state of catabolism to a state of anabolism. and milk slows down the absorption of whey significantly. Both of these have been drained as a result of your workout and play a very important role in energy production and muscle building. The reason for this is that you want the fastest acting protein you can possibly get.com . Your body will stop breaking down muscle protein because it will now be provided with an external source.All Rights Reserved Page 184 of 229 . 2) 70-80 grams of simple carbohydrates. you need to replenish your blood sugar levels and help to restore your muscle glycogen. The easiest and cheapest method that I have found is to simply go to the grocery store and purchase a bag of corn sugar (dextrose). but during the post-workout period you must use water.The Truth About Building Muscle Chapter 6: Critical Feeding Times The liquid nature of this meal will allow the nutrients to be absorbed as quickly as possible without forcing your body to undergo a long digestion process. This will ultimately lead to a faster recovery period and greater gains in muscle mass. Why do you need all of this post-workout sugar? For starters. Here’s what the post-workout shake should consist of… 1) 30-40 grams of whey protein mixed in water.www. whey protein is the fastest acting protein available and this is why it is absolutely ideal for the post-workout period. Any other time during the day milk is fine. 2007 . not milk. This quick shot of whey protein will be rapidly absorbed by your muscles and will speed up the rate of protein synthesis going on within your body.
Glutamine is always in high demand throughout your body. 2007 . and ingesting 5 grams of creatine post-workout will help to restore these levels. In addition to this post-workout shake I would also recommend taking a high-potency multivitamin.The Truth About Building Muscle Chapter 6: Critical Feeding Times Even more importantly than that. 3) 5 grams of creatine. Not only that. One of the main reasons for taking creatine in the post-workout period is simply because this is when your body will absorb the highest amount. Your immune system has taken a big hit. this is a great opportunity to re-saturate your muscles with the greatest amount of creatine they can absorb. This rapid rise in insulin will drive all of that important protein (and the other nutrients I'm about to mention) into your muscle cells at an even faster rate. 4) 5 grams of glutamine. but because insulin levels will be very high from consuming your simple sugars. it will leave your muscle proteins intact. 5) High-potency multivitamin. and your body will be looking to those giant glutamine storage rooms (your muscles) in order to help the areas in which it is needed most.MuscleGainTruth. Since your body will be provided with an external source of this amino acid. Creatine will also help to re-hydrate your muscle cells and will promote faster recovery.All Rights Reserved Page 185 of 229 . Creatine levels have been diminished after an intense-workout.com .www. a quick shot of simple sugars during the post-workout period will produce an insulin-spike in your body. Consuming 5 grams of glutamine after your workout is extremely important in preventing muscle breakdown and keeping your body in an anabolic state. but at no other time is this demand greatest than after an intense workout. A multivitamin will contain high levels of antioxidants such as vitamin C and E. It will also help to restore some of the depleted mineral levels in your body and will help to reduce lactic acid concentrations. which will help to neutralize those harmful free radical levels.
2) Consume your whey protein mixed with water in another shake. The high sugar content of the post-workout shake will provide you with that much-needed insulin spike and allow your body to drive all of those important muscle-building nutrients into your cells. about half an hour to 45 minutes after this natural rise in insulin levels.MuscleGainTruth. This is one period of time when supplements definitely can play a key role and help you to pack on lean muscle at a faster rate. and this is something you most certainly do not want. muscle-building state. The post-workout shake is the most important part of the puzzle. which you should consume alongside a protein-rich meal. and it is crucial that you follow these guideline closely. This is where your insulin levels dip down below the norm.www. you will experience what is called an “insulin crash”.All Rights Reserved Page 186 of 229 . creatine or glutamine. The post-workout shake will be rapidly absorbed and will switch your body back into an anabolic state.com .The Truth About Building Muscle Chapter 6: Critical Feeding Times Your post-workout shake and multivitamin should be consumed within half an hour after your workout. The reason why whey protein is so effective during this period is because of its liquid form and rapid absorption rate. creatine and glutamine together in one shake. However. All of these important nutrients will help to switch off those harmful catabolic processes that are occurring and immediately put you back into an anabolic. The way I would recommend mixing it together is like this… 1) Mix your simple sugars. but your muscles will still be primed for nutrition uptake for a few more hours. Eating solid protein will require much longer digestion time and therefore it will not reach your muscles as quickly. Your post-workout shake will basically consist of some simple sugars. An insulin crash will result in muscle breakdown. 2007 . After you consume your post-workout shake there is still about a 3-4 hour time period to take advantage of. and this is something you must avoid. This is the time when nutrient absorption will be at its absolute highest. postworkout nutrition will be slightly less effective. In order to level out this insulin crash you must provide your body with more protein and carbohydrates. For those of you who have opted not to use whey protein.
3) 6oz steak. 2) 1 chicken breast. Remember. and that is also why it is a good idea to stick to faster-absorbing carbohydrates like white rice or potatoes. Eat as much as you can and as often as you can. 100g rice cakes. your muscles are still in a state of rapid absorption and you must continue to feed them with the nutrients they require. You should aim to consume this meal within 1 hour after your post-workout shakes. 1 baked potato. but you will make much more significant muscle gains than a person who doesn't know the importance of the post-workout period! 2007 . because fat slows the digestion process. After this small meal it is simply a matter of taking advantage of the 3-4 hour window by providing your body with as much protein and carbohydrates as possible. During the 3-4 hours after you train you must consume meals that will be digested fairly quickly.com . 1 cup white rice.All Rights Reserved Page 187 of 229 . Do not neglect this time-period! Your body has been heavily stressed from your workout and is literally screaming for nutrients. This meal will keep your body in an anabolic state and will provide your muscles with high quality protein and carbohydrates to facilitate recovery. Not only will you recover faster.MuscleGainTruth.www. It is important to keep the fat content of these meals down. Here are some examples: 1) 1 can of tuna.The Truth About Building Muscle Chapter 6: Critical Feeding Times Your next meal should contain about 30-40 grams of protein alongside a serving or two of high-glycemic carbohydrates.
The Truth About Building Muscle Chapter 6: Critical Feeding Times Pre-Bedtime Nutrition Contrary to what most people think. cottage cheese is a great choice. Putting this meal together isn't rocketscience and is actually quite simple. carbohydrates and fats to help facilitate recovery during this extremely important time frame. Protein: The ideal way to provide your body with a steady stream of amino acids for as long as possible is to mix 25-35 grams of whey protein in 400-500ml of milk.. if you want to build as much muscle as you possibly can then you must eat before bed! Sleep is a time for muscle recovery and mental rejuvenation. If you want to add some solid protein to this meal. as this may make it difficult for you to fall asleep and may also affect your sleep quality. easily digested meal about half an hour before you decide to doze off.All Rights Reserved Page 188 of 229 . You shouldn't eat a gigantic 5-course meal. Your pre-bedtime meal should consist of some slow-release protein. The whey protein will elevate blood amino acids levels rapidly while the casein protein from the milk will slow down their release. Cottage cheese is naturally high in casein protein and glutamine. slow-release carbohydrates alongside some unsaturated fats. Here are some good ways of accomplishing a timedrelease effect from your pre-bedtime meal.MuscleGainTruth. This protein concoction will take at least 4 hours to be fully digested. The best approach is to consume a small. This will keep your body in a fed state for the longest amount of time and will prevent as much muscle breakdown as possible. 2007 . Your body is going to be fasting for at least 8 hours and it is very important that you do all you can to remain in an anabolic state for as much of that 8 hours as you possibly can.. A timed-release meal will give your body a steady stream of amino acids. and if you enter this period unequipped with the proper nutrients you will definitely be selling yourself short.www. two ideal nutrients to consume before bedtime. The goal of this meal is to provide your body with nutrients that can be released as gradually as possible. allowing you to remain anabolic for at least half of the time you are asleep.com .
1 bowl of oatmeal 1 table-spoon of flaxseed oil 1 table-spoon of olive oil 2) 1 bowl of cottage cheese 400 ml of milk 1 piece of whole grain toast with all-natural peanut butter 1 table-spoon of flaxseed oil 1 table-spoon of olive oil Do not neglect this meal! It is very important that you enter your sleeping period prepared to repair your muscles. You can mix these oils into your protein shake or just drink them on their own. A great way of accomplishing this is to consume a tablespoon of both flaxseed oil and olive oil with your meal.The Truth About Building Muscle Chapter 6: Critical Feeding Times Carbohydrates: You don't need to go overboard on carbs before bed. a great time to consume it is right before bed. Glutamine: If you do decide to use this supplement. 2007 . This will naturally elevate growth hormone levels and will go a long way in preventing muscle breakdown while you sleep. These fats will also help to elevate testosterone levels while you sleep.MuscleGainTruth. some yogurt or whole grain toast.com . Glutamine is a very powerful anti-catabolic substance and will make sure that your hard-earned muscle tissue is spared while you sleep. slow-release sugars will aid in muscle recovery and protein digestion while you sleep. Here are a couple of examples of what a solid pre-bedtime meal might look like: 1) 30 grams of whey protein/5 grams of glutamine mixed in 400ml of milk.All Rights Reserved Page 189 of 229 . Fats: Adding some fat to your meal will naturally slow down its digestion and this is exactly what you should be aiming for before bed.www. but a small portion of complex. Another option would be to consume some all-natural peanut butter. Simply mix 1 teaspoon (5 grams) into your protein shake. There are many possible choices here: a small bowl of oatmeal.
www.MuscleGainTruth. You should never go to sleep without consuming some high quality protein and slow-release carbohydrates first. 2007 .The Truth About Building Muscle Chapter 6: Critical Feeding Times If you enter this important recovery time unequipped with the proper materials needed to facilitate growth and recovery you will definitely be selling yourself short.com .All Rights Reserved Page 190 of 229 .
This meal should consist of: 25-35 grams of whey protein mixed with 300-400ml of milk 1 serving of low-glycemic carbohydrates.MuscleGainTruth. 3) Post-Workout Period The post-workout period plays many important roles in muscle recovery and growth. clean water 1 tablespoon of flax seed oil 1 tablespoon of olive oil 2) Pre-Workout Meal This meal is designed to prevent muscle breakdown during your workout and to keep your energy and strength levels peaked. 2007 .All Rights Reserved Page 191 of 229 . blood sugar and glycogen will be low.The Truth About Building Muscle Chapter 6: Critical Feeding Times Chapter 6 Review 1) Morning Meal This meal is critical to your gains and should never be ignored. You can reverse all of these processes with a proper post-workout shake that is consumed within half an hour after your workout.www. Immediately following your workout your muscles will be in a state of breakdown. free radical levels will be high and your body will be in a state of maximum nutrient uptake. You should consume your pre-workout meal about 30-45 minutes before your workout. This meal should consist of: 30-40 grams of high quality protein 2 portions of moderate to high glycemic carbohydrates 500ml of pure. restore blood sugar and glycogen and to rehydrate your body.com . You should aim to eat breakfast within 45 minutes of waking up in order to promote muscle anabolism.
MuscleGainTruth. This meal should consist of a portion of protein alongside a portion of high-glycemic carbohydrates.com .All Rights Reserved Page 192 of 229 . You should continue to feed your body with as much high quality protein and carbohydrates as you can for about 3-4 hours following your workout. easily digestible meal. 100g rice cakes.www. you should have a small. Here's a couple of examples: 1) 1 can of tuna.The Truth About Building Muscle Chapter 6: Critical Feeding Times Post-Workout Shake 30-40 grams of whey protein mixed in water 70-80 grams of high sugar juice 5 grams of glutamine 5 grams of creatine You should also consume a high-potency multivitamin. Here is an example: 1) 30 grams of whey protein/5 grams of glutamine mixed in 400ml of milk. 4) Pre-Bedtime Meal This meal is designed to keep your body in an anabolic state while you sleep by preventing muscle breakdown. Within 1 hour after consuming your post-workout shake. 1 bowl of oatmeal 1 table-spoon of flaxseed oil 1 table-spoon of olive oil 2007 . The pre-bedtime meal should be consumed about half an hour before you go to sleep and should consist of some slow release protein. lowglycemic carbohydrates and some unsaturated fat. 2) 1 chicken breast. 1 cup white rice.
I would still like to cover some common muscle-building myths and lies to further clear up any confusion you may have. You should know how to structure a killer workout. how to eat for maximal gains. forgotten about "feeling the burn" and will have decided to forget about what Mr. Here are some common misconceptions that your average lifter would have no idea how to argue against.All Rights Reserved Page 193 of 229 .com .MuscleGainTruth. abundant and spinning out of control. Olympia Ronnie Coleman has to say about bicep training. 2007 . Once you start executing these principles on a consistent basis it will become nothing more than second nature. which supplements are most effective and how to properly recover in between workouts. It may seem like a lot to remember. Even so. By the end of this section you will have hopefully cancelled your muscle magazine subscription. but in reality it is very straightforward and simple.www. I'm confident that by now your mind has been cleansed of any nonsense or misleading information you had read in the past and that you now understand why so many approaches simply do not work.The Truth About Building Muscle Chapter 7: Muscle-Building Myths Uncovered Chapter 7: Muscle-Building Myths Uncovered By now you should have a pretty solid grasp of what it takes to efficiently and effectively build muscle. Bodybuilding misinformation is rampant.
All Rights Reserved Page 194 of 229 . If you were able to lift more weight or perform more reps with a certain weight in comparison to the previous workout.com . For those of you who have never trained with weights before. There is absolutely nothing wrong with getting a pump. only progression does. This is the only thing you should be concerning yourself with. While a pump does feel extremely satisfying. thick and full. then you did your job. "Dude. a "pump" is the feeling you get as blood becomes trapped inside your muscles after a few sets in the gym. Your muscles will swell up. 2007 . As I said before. On countless occasions I've heard lifters raving about the massive pumps they get in the gym as they share methods for achieving the best pump possible.www. just remember that it means very little in terms of muscle stimulation and growth. and do not be discouraged if your pump is not as intense as you had hoped for. Do not concern yourself with your pump. But do you think pressing 5-pound dumbbells for 200 reps would be an effective way of stimulating chest growth? Absolutely not. the more muscle you will build. Think of it this way: if I took a pair of 5 pound dumbbells and performed 200 reps of a bench press with them. increase in size and vascularity and will also give you a great mental boost. Blood would be rushing into my chest and it would feel rock-solid. this will give you a crazy pump!" If you have already been working out for a decent amount of time then you know exactly what I'm talking about. The greater pump you achieve. but contrary to popular belief it is definitely not indicative of an effective workout. it has nothing to do with how effective your workout has been. you must achieve a "pump" during your workout.The Truth About Building Muscle Chapter 7: Muscle-Building Myths Uncovered Myth #1: In order to build muscle.MuscleGainTruth. my pump would be absolutely incredible.
lactic acid. is produced within the muscle tissue as your body burns carbohydrates for use as fuel. to understand why "the burn" has nothing to do with completing a successful workout. Therefore. they also have the most muscle-building knowledge. but it is definitely not something you should be striving for. lactic acid will actually have a negative effect on muscle stimulation by influencing muscle catabolism. what does this have to do with muscle growth? Well. When we exercise. 2007 . nothing! In fact. One of the biggest mistakes you could possibly make is to take advice from bodybuilding magazines and from IFBB professionals. our bodies produce natural waste products as a result of reactions going in within the muscles. you must "feel the burn!" Well. Myth #3: Bodybuilding professionals have more muscle than anyone on the planet.The Truth About Building Muscle Chapter 7: Muscle-Building Myths Uncovered Myth #2: You should gauge the success of your muscle-building sets on the level of muscle burn you achieve. and is not a realm worth venturing into. These guys are simply genetic freaks whose bodies will respond heavily to pretty much any type of training stimulus.All Rights Reserved Page 195 of 229 .com . This is yet another reason why we must avoid this type of training and instead focus on moving as much weight as possible for no more than 7 reps. Just because these guys are the most massive and ripped dudes on the planet does not mean that they offer the best advice! Professional bodybuilding is a shady and corrupt world.www. One of these products. We usually experience the highest instance of muscle burn when we train with lighter weight and higher repetitions. Another huge misconception in the gym is the belief that in order to grow. So. Muscle burn is inevitable. you must first understand what this feeling is actually caused by.MuscleGainTruth.
but for the other 99% of us humans. fine. I'd like to quickly talk to you about bodybuilding magazines and why you shouldn't read them. I'm not saying that what they are doing is wrong. I don't care what "the big guy" at your gym says. these guys are constantly pushing their bodies far beyond where they were intended to go. 2007 . In a sport where more is always better.MuscleGainTruth. Steroid use is a personal choice. but the fact of the matter is that these pro bodybuilders have more steroids and synthetic hormones running through their bodies than most small hospitals have.www. that's the reason why these magazines are produced in the first place! They are basically gigantic advertisements used to push all sorts of products on you that you don't really need.com . Well. Myth #4: Muscle Magazines are a good place to do muscle-building research While I'm on the subject of professional bodybuilders. and I am not here to advocate their use or to go on a rant about why you shouldn't use them.The Truth About Building Muscle Chapter 7: Muscle-Building Myths Uncovered Not only are they extremely genetically gifted. or what Mr. If certain unorthodox techniques work for these genetic freaks. these techniques simply will not work and should not be followed. Olympia Ronnie Coleman has to say. but their potential is maximized even further because of the various steroids and hormones they use as a part of their programs. all I am saying is that for mere mortals like us there is really no point in trying to employ their training tactics into our programs.All Rights Reserved Page 196 of 229 . Have you ever noticed that over half of a bodybuilding magazine's content is advertisements for various supplements and "get-big-quick schemes?" Have you noticed that they actually disguise advertisements as articles? It's basically page after page of "the latest breakthrough" that promises to get you huge in a matter of days.
The magazines will push anything and everything as long as it makes them money. The truth is that the majority of the studies performed that suggested a high protein diet was bad for the kidneys have been shown to be false. However. Just don't take any of the advice to heart. but there are a lot more bogus supplements out there than there are legit ones.All Rights Reserved Page 197 of 229 . but based on modern research. Don't allow yourself to fall victim to the media. Forget about citrulline. but the majority of the training articles you read are about the techniques used by the pros. creatine. Myth #5: High-protein diets should not be followed because they are stressful to the kidneys. The right supplements. such as protein powders. So where did this myth come from? Who knows.MuscleGainTruth. by all means go ahead.com . as it probably will do you more harm than good. basic supplements you may end up wasting your money. If you want to read a bodybuilding magazine for its entertainment value. All of this stuff is nothing more than a giant marketing scam used to empty your pockets.The Truth About Building Muscle Chapter 7: Muscle-Building Myths Uncovered Now don't get me wrong. supplementation definitely has its place. and we covered that subject earlier in the book. if you go beyond these few. and have been replaced by newer and more accurate research. glutamine and EFA's can help you reach your goals faster you than you would without them. myostatin blockers and ecdysterone. 2007 . there is no reason to suspect that these claims have any truth to them at all.www. Not only that. This issue has been debated for years and years. The bottom line is that there has never been a single study ever performed that has been able to clearly demonstrate a negative relationship between high protein intake and kidney function.
and what scientific evidence is there to support it? Well. peptidase and trypsin to name a very small few). There are numerous sites along the digestion tract that would affect how much or how little a person could absorb in terms of protein. all I'm saying is that there's no real reason to believe it's correct. If you were to consume 50 grams of protein in one meal. CCK) that are secreted from the mouth.com . we don't really know what the upper limit for protein absorption really is. that a 250pound bodybuilder could absorb more protein in one sitting than a 95-pound ballerina. we don't know where it came from. gastrin. The real question is where did this piece of conventional wisdom come from. acids (HCL) and other substances (bile salts.The Truth About Building Muscle Chapter 7: Muscle-Building Myths Uncovered Myth #6: The body can only absorb a maximum of 30 grams of protein in one sitting. The idea is that the body can only absorb a maximum of 30 grams of protein at one sitting. for example. It makes sense to say. I'm not necessarily saying that the "30 gram rule" is wrong. How often have you heard this one? The "30 grams of protein per meal" limit seems to have become a basic rule in bodybuilding circles. The digestion process involves all sorts of fancy enzymes (protease. there’s no reason to suspect that the extra 20 grams has somehow gone to waste. 2007 .All Rights Reserved Page 198 of 229 .www. It would seem that the number would differ from person to person. and there is no evidence to support it. the answer is who knows and none. That is. stomach and small intestine. Because of this. and anymore will simply go to waste. The digestion of protein is an extremely complicated process and involves much more than a piece of food simply being chewed and sent to the stomach and intestines for absorption.MuscleGainTruth.
This is one of the most common misconceptions when it comes to bodybuilding and fitness in general. 2007 . because it definitely does.com . Allow me to clear this up once and for all… You cannot target fat loss from a specific area on your body! Performing bicep curls will not burn fat from your biceps. plain and simple. This is not to say that building muscle has no effect on fat loss." Whenever I'm in the gym during the few months leading up to summer. I always run into someone who tells me that they're focusing on using light weight and performing high reps to get "cut and defined" for the beach. and your body will burn fat from wherever it sees fit. All I'm saying is that manipulating the amount of weight you lift or the number of repetitions you perform will not magically cause your body to start burning higher amounts of fat from the area you're training. One of the most important factors that affects your resting metabolism is the amount of lean muscle mass you have on your body. just as performing crunches will not give you a flat.The Truth About Building Muscle Chapter 7: Muscle-Building Myths Uncovered Myth #7: Performing high reps with light resistance will make the muscles more cut and defined. Fat loss targeting is completely genetic. ripped midsection.www. Yet so often we see even serious lifters failing to recognize this and continuing to abide by the misguided notion that "high reps and light weight gets you ripped.MuscleGainTruth. This is complete and total nonsense! The bottom line is this: lifting weights builds muscle and performing cardio burns fat.All Rights Reserved Page 199 of 229 .
All Rights Reserved Page 200 of 229 . The bottom line is to present them with a workload they have never experienced before. That's all there is to it. Your muscles do not have a mind of their own.com . You’ll notice that in the 26-week workout plan I’ve provided a different schedule for every 8-week cycle. If you switch from using a dumbbell to a barbell to stimulate your tricep. 2007 . the muscle does not magically think to itself "Oh no! He's using a barbell now! We'd better pack on some extra muscle mass this time!" Muscles adapt to stress. exercises or training days in an attempt to "shock" your muscles is a widely accepted “truth” in bodybuilding circles. Do you want to know the real secret for "shocking" your muscles? Here it is: intensity and progression. but I have yet to come across any hard-fast evidence that proves this notion. It has nothing to do with “shocking” your muscles. and to allow you to have experience performing different exercises. The idea of changing your rep range.www. In order to maximize your muscle gains it's very important to let go of conventional wisdom and to question the so-called "accepted" methods of bodybuilding.MuscleGainTruth. plain and simple. As long as you train with 100% intensity and focus on making steady progression in the weight you lift or the repetitions you perform. your muscles will continue to respond by growing larger and stronger. You need to think of the concept of building muscle from outside the box.The Truth About Building Muscle Chapter 7: Muscle-Building Myths Uncovered Myth #8: You should switch up your routine periodically by changing your rep ranges and exercises in order to "shock" your muscles. This is simply to keep things mentally fresh and interesting.
When you train with weights. To say that certain exercises make the muscles bigger while others promote more "shape" is not only wrong." This is yet another example of bodybuilding "common sense" that misses the mark completely. Myth #10: Weightlifting will cause you to become bulky. 2007 . your muscles fire on an "all or nothing" basis.www. decrease their flexibility and agility and will ultimately hinder their ability to perform athletic sports. Anybody who weight-trains has heard it: "use compound exercises for overall size and use isolation exercises for shape and definition.The Truth About Building Muscle Chapter 7: Muscle-Building Myths Uncovered Myth #9: You can influence the shape of a muscle by performing certain exercises. 2) You can make them smaller. 1) You can make them bigger. The only thing you can do is to increase the size of your muscles as much as possible and then hope that the gods of genetics were kind to you. You cannot force your body to recruit fibers from a specific area of the muscle. You can do 3 things with your muscles. chances are you'll never achieve an impressive bicep peak.com . and as a result you will lose your speed. This myth goes back many years when people used the words "muscle-bound" and "bulky" to describe those with muscular physiques. If you were born with flat biceps (like me!). Muscle shape is genetically predetermined. it doesn't even make sense.MuscleGainTruth. The common belief is that developing muscle mass and strength will slow a person down. meaning that every fiber in the muscle is recruited. 3) You can keep them the same size.All Rights Reserved Page 201 of 229 . agility and flexibility. and the unfortunate reality is that there is very little you can do to change this.
Because of the incredible benefits people can achieve using steroids. The bottom line is that the stronger a muscle is. You might be a bit surprised to see this one here. their use somehow became classified as "cheating". Steroids have been put under the spotlight and have been portrayed as highly unhealthy and as a cheater's way out. drive a golf ball farther distances and tackle opposing football players with greater force. I've never used steroids personally. skating. Strong muscles are able muscles. they are simply consuming a variation of a hormone that already occurs naturally in our bodies. the more force it can apply. all of these activities are made possible by the muscles on your body. If you're holding back on increasing your muscle mass because you're afraid that it will negatively affect your speed or ability as an athlete. You'll be able to hit a baseball farther. What is it that makes steroids so incredibly wrong and immoral? When bodybuilders use steroids. jumping.com . The main difference between steroids and traditional supplements is that steroids produce much more noticeable results.MuscleGainTruth. but I think the media has really blown the steroid issue out of control. Having a strong. think again. but I felt it was important to include.www. More and more athletes are beginning to realize this and are including weight lifting as an important part of their training programs. muscular physique means that you will be able to run faster. nor am I advocating that you should use them.All Rights Reserved Page 202 of 229 . 2007 . Myth #11: People who use steroids should be labeled as cheaters because they have an unfair advantage and are sacrificing their health. shoot a hockey puck faster. jump higher and throw farther. Running. throwing. not the other way around. How is this any different than using supplements such as creatine or glutamine? We are simply introducing a higher amount of a substance that our bodies already make.The Truth About Building Muscle Chapter 7: Muscle-Building Myths Uncovered Muscles are responsible for every movement that your body makes.
2007 . and not all of them have the same impact on the body. yet Olympic sprinter Ben Johnson was found to be “juicing” and will now be forever labeled as a fraud and a cheater. Where is the justice in that? The other issue when it comes to steroids is the negative impact it can have on a person's health. Please understand that I am not advocating the use of steroids in any way.All Rights Reserved Page 203 of 229 . but I don’t think it’s right to immediately judge a hardtraining bodybuilder who responsibly uses steroids as part of his entire program and who understands the risks. Neither of these performance-enhancing tools have ever been viewed as cheating. There are many different types of steroids. Using steroids as a quick-fix is certainly a recipe for disaster and is something that I definitely would NOT condone. glutamine and protein powder enhance performance also.The Truth About Building Muscle Chapter 7: Muscle-Building Myths Uncovered But where do you draw the line? Creatine.com . but this has been blown way out of proportion as well. I am simply encouraging you to view the subject with an open mind and to not automatically view a person who uses them as being immoral. but you don't see users of those supplements being called cheaters. What about athletes? Long distance runners typically train at high altitudes because it increases their red blood cell count. If you are considering steroid use then you absolutely must perform the proper research first. When used properly. some steroids can actually produce significant results without “destroying” the body like so many would have you believe.www.MuscleGainTruth. just as Olympic swimmers use special suits that allow them to travel faster through the water.
2007 . or using a tiny bit of momentum in order to crank out that last rep.The Truth About Building Muscle Chapter 7: Muscle-Building Myths Uncovered Myth #12: You must perform all of your exercises using perfect. textbook form. and it really makes me laugh.www. It's important to focus on using good form in the gym.com . a lot of trainers will tell their clients that the bicep curl must be performed using a perfectly straight back and elbows pinned at the sides. but using perfect form is an entirely different matter. It's very important that you move naturally when you perform your exercises rather than trying to keep your body completely tight and rigid like a robot. I am merely suggesting that you loosen up a little bit and perform your lifts naturally. Some trainers will even go as far as having their clients stand with their backs against a wall in order to maintain that "proper" form. For example. You need to throw conventional wisdom out the window on this one and allow your body to move the way it was meant to be moved. ballistic form.All Rights Reserved Page 204 of 229 . I get this question all the time. won't my muscles just turn to fat?" I have no idea where this idea came from or what logic it is based on.MuscleGainTruth. and they cannot magically transform back and forth. you may actually end up increasing your chance of injury and decreasing the amount of total muscle stimulation you can achieve. Myth #13: When you stop working out. or you may injure yourself. your muscles will turn to fat. I'm not suggesting that you should throw the weights around using explosive. This might mean adding a slight sway to your upperbody as you perform your curls. Muscle and fat are two completely different tissues. "If I stop working out. If you try to perform every exercise using absolutely flawless. textbook form. but this statement is completely false and downright ridiculous. Moving naturally will ultimately increase the amount of muscular overload you can achieve and will also decrease your chance of getting hurt.
However. It just doesn't work that way. Eating before bed will only make you fat if you eat the wrong foods. athletic physiques in their younger years become flabby and out of shape as they age. These people simply stopped training (their muscle size decreased) and let their diets go (they increased their body fat levels). There are many. you should use the same techniques as the "buff" guys at the gym.MuscleGainTruth. Myth #15: In order to achieve an impressive physique. It's very important to realize that just because someone at your gym is strong and muscular does not necessarily mean that they are doing everything "correctly". Myth #14: Eating before bed will make you fat. musclewasting state. unprocessed foods that are low on the glycemic index you will not have any problems. Sleep is a very important time for muscle growth and recovery. A small meal that is consumed about half an hour before dozing off is ideal. As long as you stick to clean. This pre-bedtime meal will provide your body with the raw materials needed to facilitate growth while you sleep and will help to keep your muscles out of a catabolic. many factors that determine what kind of results a person can achieve.com .www. this has nothing to do with the fact that their muscles converted to fat. and just because someone is "buff" and "ripped" does not mean that you should follow their techniques. and if you enter this period unequipped with the proper nutrients you will definitely be selling yourself short.The Truth About Building Muscle Chapter 7: Muscle-Building Myths Uncovered Claiming that muscle can turn into fat is really no different than saying that lead can turn into gold. 2007 .All Rights Reserved Page 205 of 229 . A lot of times we see people who once had muscular. Eating before bed is completely fine as long as you know which foods to eat and which ones to avoid.
hardly pay any attention to their diets. The buff guy at your gym may be doing something completely unorthodox.com . 2007 . but this system allows you to achieve those results as quickly and efficiently as possible. Don't worry about what other people are doing in the gym! Simply have faith in the system you are using and realize that it is based on science and logic.The Truth About Building Muscle Chapter 7: Muscle-Building Myths Uncovered The plain fact of the matter is that genetics do play an important role in bodybuilding. For this reason. but he could probably be achieving even better results using a different system. party and drink on the weekend and still have what would be considered an impressive build. Some people simply posses superior muscle-building genetics and will grow no matter how they train. Anybody can achieve dramatic results if they train hard and are consistent. I know people who train 2 days a week.www. it cannot fail.MuscleGainTruth.All Rights Reserved Page 206 of 229 .
but this does not mean that they grow in the gym. Highly intensive workouts place a large amount of stress on your body. As you already know. an activity that tells your body to start building muscle. eating and resting. and without proper recovery your body will be physically unable to build the maximum amount of muscle you are capable of building. nibbling away at a tuna melt and watching TV. The actual growth takes place when you are out of the gym. There are certain times when you'll have to put your workout passion and drive on the back burner and find the discipline to take some time off when it is needed most. Overtraining is one of the biggest traps that misinformed lifters fall into. is the fact that when it comes to building muscle.www. the real magic of muscle growth is taking place as you lie on the couch.com . Our muscles ultimately grow because of our accomplishments in the gym.The Truth About Building Muscle Chapter 8: Proper Rest & Recovery Chapter 8: Proper Rest & Recovery One of the most important concepts to understand.MuscleGainTruth. As strange as it may seem. a workout is nothing more than a simple "spark". 2007 . recovery is everything.All Rights Reserved Page 207 of 229 . This section will cover some rest and recovery related issues such as sleep. preventing/treating injuries and taking time off. and one that most people fail to acknowledge. and one that you must avoid like the plague.
improve your performance in the gym and increase your mental focus. but you must do your best to fit it into your schedule. It is crucial that your mental focus and intensity are peaked at all times in the gym. working and making time for friends and loved ones. Some of us lead very busy lives with activities such as going to school. If you can get more then that's even better. but it will also have physical consequences as well because if you don't get enough sleep. Not only will sleep deprivation have a negative impact on your mental state of mind. One of the biggest problems with sleep deprivation is the effect it will have on your mental state. quality sleep. and getting 8 hours of sleep every night is a good way to make sure of this. This is really no different than someone bragging about how little they train or how little they eat. As long as you can get 8 hours a night then you should be fine. If you want to maximize your muscle gains.www. Last time I checked. so you can see where sleep would be important in this situation. your strength levels will decrease. an all-out set of squats to failure was more than just a difficult task. That's right.The Truth About Building Muscle Chapter 8: Proper Rest & Recovery Sleep Getting a sufficient amount of sleep every night is a very important part of the musclebuilding equation that most people don't pay enough attention to. Studies have shown that just a single night with insufficient rest will have a significant negative impact on your mental focus and willingness to perform difficult tasks. Sleep is a critical piece of the puzzle and its importance should not be underestimated. If you find yourself waking up every hour or tossing and turning throughout the night then you probably aren't getting the type of rest you should be.All Rights Reserved Page 208 of 229 . 2007 . then you should be getting at least 8 hours of quality sleep every night. This means you'll end up using less weight and/or performing fewer reps than you would normally be capable of.MuscleGainTruth. A lot of people brag about how little sleep they get and how they're able to get by with just the minimum (this usually means about 5 or 6 hours a night).com . This can sometimes make getting a full night's rest difficult.
2) Testosterone The most important hormone when it comes to building muscle. In fact.The Truth About Building Muscle Chapter 8: Proper Rest & Recovery If you've been paying any attention up until now then you know that strength is everything. and this is where sufficient sleep will benefit you. Sleep deprivation lowers testosterone levels. How's that as an incentive to get your rest? 1) Cortisol A catabolic stress hormone that increases abdominal fat storage and stimulates the break down of muscle tissue. they are simply taking synthetic variants of this hormone. sleep deprivation has a negative effect on every single one of them. these are all powerful hormones which play a key role in the muscle-building process. If you fail to get a proper rest at night this hormonal surge will be compromised. This is why keeping your strength levels peaked is so absolutely critical.com . The higher your levels of testosterone. the more muscle you can build. Every time you set foot in the gym your goal is to move more weight or to perform 1 or 2 more reps. 3) Growth hormone Regenerates the body and plays a large role in building and maintaining muscle. Studies have shown that insufficient sleep will cause the body to release higher amounts of this hormone. growth hormone and insulin. testosterone. The time that you sleep is also the time when your body experiences a natural surge in growth hormone levels. Simply put. 2007 .MuscleGainTruth. When people take anabolic steroids to increase their muscle mass.www. the entire basis for building muscle relies on the small increases in strength you are able to make from week to week.All Rights Reserved Page 209 of 229 . Cortisol.
As far as building muscle is concerned.All Rights Reserved Page 210 of 229 . dry room. There are many other negative effects that sleep deprivation will have on your body but I couldn't possibly cover all of them. but it will also deliver a significant hit to your overall health and well being. 4) Try to keep your sleeping schedule as consistent as possible. 6) Avoid nicotine. 7) Sleep in a quiet area free from distractions. up your energy. High intensity workouts give your muscles and immune system a huge hit. Here are some tips to help you get a deep and restful sleep: 1) Don't consume any caffeine for at least 6 hours before sleep. That should definitely be reason enough for you to get 8 hours of restful sleep every single night.www. This is yet another reason to ensure that you get the recommended 8 hours of sleep every single night. You already know about the high importance recovery plays in gaining muscle. and it is vital that you are fully recovered between workouts. heighten your mental focus.MuscleGainTruth. 2) Turn off all of the lights. 2007 .The Truth About Building Muscle Chapter 8: Proper Rest & Recovery 4) Insulin Responsible for the uptake of important nutrients into your body cells. Sleep is also a very important time for your body to recover and rebuild damaged muscle tissue. and this means that your body will have to release higher-than-normal amounts of this hormone to compensate. These negative effects will not only compromise the amount of muscle you can build. proper amounts of sleep will increase your strength. raise growth hormone levels and decrease insulin resistance. increase testosterone. 5) Don't eat a huge meal immediately before bed. lower cortisol levels. Sleep deprivation can result in an increase in your body's insulin resistance levels. 3) Sleep in a slightly cool.com . This can lead to fat storage. diabetes or heart disease. and sleep is one of the most important times for this recovery to take place.
com . Staying as injury-free as possible is extremely important to ensure training longevity and maximum gains. Several years back I suffered a shoulder injury that dramatically altered my workout schedule (I couldn’t perform any pressing movements at all) for a full 6 months. this style of training cannot be matched. In order to be truly successful it must become a way of life. so are your joints and connective tissues. For guys looking to pack on the greatest amount of muscle in the shortest period of time.MuscleGainTruth.All Rights Reserved Page 211 of 229 . This book is much more than some quick fix to gain a few pounds. Had I been more careful and followed a few simple guidelines this injury could have easily been avoided. and if you don't follow the proper precautions you could end up with a nagging injury that will stop you dead in your muscle building tracks. Remember. It is a complete muscle building philosophy that can be applied consistently over the long-term. Being able to train for years on end without suffering at least a minor injury is extremely rare. It was extremely difficult to deal with mentally and it taught me a valuable lesson. when you're training hard and making consistent gains. This is simply the reality of training with heavy weights. Here are some guidelines you can apply both in and out of the gym to keep your joints and connectives tissues strong and healthy and to ensure that your training stays as consistent as possible. gaining and maintaining muscular weight over the long haul is much more than a temporary hobby. 2007 . Believe me.www. an injury is the absolute last thing you could ever hope for. The fact of the matter is that most people who lift weights on a consistent basis will experience some form of training-induced injury at one time or another. and something that is practiced day in and day out. Doing this will place your muscles under the highest amount of stress possible and will yield the greatest adaptive response in size and strength.The Truth About Building Muscle Chapter 8: Proper Rest & Recovery Injury Prevention Training with maximal weight and 100% intensity is without a doubt the most effective means of stimulating muscle growth. The only downside is that although your muscles are being heavily stressed.
If you have never trained with weights before this is especially important so that you don't develop any bad habits right from the start. It takes about 20 minutes to complete and can save you months or even years of training downtime because you tore a rotator cuff or strained your lower back. Consistently lifting heavy weights with incorrect technique will surely catch up to you in the long run and leave you on the couch rather than in the gym.www. Please make sure to read through the exercise database thoroughly before attempting any of the assigned lifts. simple procedure which will greatly decrease your chances of getting hurt. such as squats and deadlifts. It will help to lubricate and cushion your joints. 2) Always Use Proper Form. move blood into the surrounding connective tissue. Every single set you perform in the gym should be done using proper form and technique. However. This rule is especially important for the big lifts. increase your muscle-nerve contractions and fully prepare your body and mind for the heavy weights to come. 2007 . a proper warm-up is the single most important procedure to follow in order to stay injury free. Those who fail to properly warm-up are just asking for trouble.The Truth About Building Muscle Chapter 8: Proper Rest & Recovery 1) Warm Up! I already went into detail regarding the benefits of a proper warm-up so you should be pretty familiar with the importance of this component of the workout.All Rights Reserved Page 212 of 229 . Please don't neglect the warm-up process! It is a brief. there are a few select lifts that will require a few weeks of practice to fully learn.MuscleGainTruth.com . This should go without saying. and before you perform any exercise you should have a good understanding of how it is properly executed. since you'll be moving the greatest amount of weight and because these exercises are more complicated to execute properly. Most of the lifts are fairly straightforward and can be learned quite quickly. Simply put.
www. How did I manage to make such a huge jump in weight? I did it by consistently improving every single week with more reps or slightly more weight. Pick a weight that you can perform 5 to 7 reps with.com . don't concern yourself with how much (or how little) you can lift as of right now. but now my squat is closer to 400 pounds. it adds up over time. I'm talking about training with weights that are heavy for you. If you can only bench press the weight of the bar. Now I don't consider myself to be super strong by any means. Believe me.The Truth About Building Muscle Chapter 8: Proper Rest & Recovery Don't forget to move naturally when you train. Who cares if your training partner can bench press more than you? You have to start somewhere! As long as you focus on the laws of intensity and progression your weights will climb up faster than you could imagine. Building muscle and gaining strength should be a personal battle and if you begin concerning yourself too much with everyone around you your mental focus will surely get off track.MuscleGainTruth. 3) Train Within Your Own Personal Limits! When I talk about training heavy. Don't worry about the opinions of the other lifters around you either. Do you want to know how much I could squat when I started training? 85 pounds. and the rest will take care of itself. 2007 . So as I said before.All Rights Reserved Page 213 of 229 . so be it. but there are still certain form guidelines that are important to follow. As long as they see you training hard and giving it your all then that's all that matters. 85! That's a pretty small squat if you ask me. Going to the gym is not a contest to see who can lift the most weight! You shouldn't be concerning yourself with how much the guy next to you is lifting. focus on progressing a little bit each week.
you must train with 100% intensity and effort. eyes bloodshot. pushing with every bodily fiber until the bar won't budge another quarter inch. 2007 . 5) Only Perform the Assigned Sets! As long as you train as hard as you possibly can and are able to consistently progress each week in weight or reps.www." As soon as the bar won't move or your form starts to slip it's time to put the weight down. as these methods are just begging to get you hurt. Muscular Failure: When no further repetitions can be completed using proper form. Simply take the set to concentric failure or to the point where you can no longer perform the exercise with proper form and then stop. it should more accurately be called "100% controlled intensity. This does not necessarily mean that every set will leave you screaming at the top of your lungs. Contrary to popular belief. Anymore than this will simply eat into your recovery time and increase your chances of getting hurt. However. Yes. every single set you perform in the gym should be taken to the point of concentric muscular failure.. but as I said before.The Truth About Building Muscle Chapter 8: Proper Rest & Recovery 4) Know When to Quit! As you are already fully aware.MuscleGainTruth.All Rights Reserved Page 214 of 229 . it is extremely important that you pay close attention to the definition of muscular failure. a few sets of a few basic exercises is all that is needed to produce the best gains possible. This is the absolute best way to ensure that your muscles are fully overloaded and will adapt to the stress placed upon them. the amount of sets required to stimulate growth is much lower than most people think. You don't need to start performing slow negatives or forced reps.com ..
This sugary compound is fairly inexpensive and can provide some great benefits when it comes to joint health. which. 2007 . regenerating damaged cartilage and promoting increased flexibility. I already talked about this earlier in the supplementation section.The Truth About Building Muscle Chapter 8: Proper Rest & Recovery I don't care what type of training volume you've been using or think you should be using. When glucose and an amino acid join together it forms a substance called glucosamine. there are a few. Trust me. more training days. but while we're on the subject of injuries I'd like to refresh your memory. 6) Nutrition & Supplementation! Although supplements are not a necessity. Since you'll be training as hard as you possibly can it is very important that you do so using the minimum amount of volume necessary. if used properly. the workout programs I've assigned you contain more than enough sets to fully stimulate your muscles to grow. can provide some fairly good benefits. Too much volume over the long run will not only place undo stress on your joints but it will negatively affect your immune and central nervous system as well. your chances of being injured will greatly increase. Glucosamine works by increasing joint lubrication. This is a cheap and effective way to give your body added joint support and to protect yourself against injuries.All Rights Reserved Page 215 of 229 . If you start adding more sets or.com . Forget about the "more is better" mentality. even worse.www. you must only perform the amount of work that is laid out for you.MuscleGainTruth.
I know that I have. I don't want you to follow this same unwise path and so I'd like to explain a few key situations where you'll simply have to take a break from training and temporarily put your bodybuilding goals on the back burner. Most people who are serious about building muscle would probably be lying if they said they haven't been guilty of this at one time or another. these are all guidelines which must be applied week in and week out in order to achieve continual gains in muscle size and strength. in most cases the answer is yes. which. Being highly motivated and driven to build your muscles can only be a good thing. You see. This is where being so highly motivated can end up working against you. I've paid the price.www.com . at the time. sleeping 8 hours each night. right? Well. and believe me. This is just a simple fact and is something that you must be able to accept. Consistency is achieved through motivation. However. eating 5-7 meals every day.MuscleGainTruth. Training 3 days per week. 2007 . If you regularly skip workouts or don't eat often enough you can forget about making any sort of appreciable progress. There will be times when things simply won't go your way and your training and diet will suffer as a result. no training program is perfect. the most important aspect of a solid muscle-building program is consistency. If you begin your muscle building journey thinking that you'll never hit a bump in the road then you're in for a huge disappointment. training with an injury or simply not taking the mandatory 1-week rest after 8 consecutive weeks of training.The Truth About Building Muscle Chapter 8: Proper Rest & Recovery Taking Time Off As you already know. Since your mind is so extremely focused on reaching a specific goal you'll tend to block out anything and everything that has any negative effect whatsoever on your gains. there do exist certain situations where you must be able to control this motivation and make certain choices. This could mean training when you're sick.All Rights Reserved Page 216 of 229 . through our burning passion and intense drive to be the best we can possibly be. may seem very difficult.
MuscleGainTruth. but this does not guarantee anything. The two most common injuries sustained by weight lifters are to the shoulders and lower back.www. you'll need to take some time off from the gym in order to properly heal. 1) Training with an Injury This is number one on the list and for very good reason. but the chance will still exist. Continuing to train hard and heavy when something is clearly not right could potentially set you up for months or even years of problems.com . In the event that you do become victim of an injury.All Rights Reserved Page 217 of 229 . wrists or hips.The Truth About Building Muscle Chapter 8: Proper Rest & Recovery I'll also lay out some highly effective techniques for minimizing your losses during these inevitable points in your muscle-building journey. especially those who are extremely driven to build muscle at all costs. I've already gone into detail about some great methods to highly decrease your chances of getting injured. would continue their workout. The simple fact is that anyone who trains with heavy weights and maximal effort will always have the potential to sustain some form of injury. 2007 . elbows. the overall net effect will weigh far more to the negative side. Continuing to train with an injury is an absolutely. Other possible injuries may be to the knees. whether it be minor or major. These two areas receive the most stress from your workouts and have the highest potential for getting hurt. So what should you do if you're in the gym performing a heavy set of bench presses and you begin experiencing sharp pain in your left shoulder? A lot of serious lifters. This is one of the most unwise and counterproductive choices you could possibly make. positively huge no-no! Although continuing to train will temporarily keep your hard-earned muscle mass and strength intact. If you follow all of the guidelines laid out you will have a much smaller chance.
2007 . this program is not a "quick-fix" for getting bigger. In fact. I know firsthand. 6 months felt like an eternity. It is a lifestyle. which can be applied over the long term. A few years ago I started getting sharp pain in both shoulders when performing heavy sets of presses and dips..www. If you can feel that something definitely isn't right. Here is what you should do if you can feel the negative effects of an injury setting in.The Truth About Building Muscle Chapter 8: Proper Rest & Recovery If you continue to place stress on an already injured area. Because I was smart with my diet and supplementation I was fortunately able to minimize my muscle losses and stay in decent shape while I was out of the gym. For someone who loves training as much as I do. As extremely difficult as it may seem at the time. So please.All Rights Reserved Page 218 of 229 ..MuscleGainTruth. seek professional advice immediately. don't be an idiot like I was and follow this same path. the situation got so bad that my left arm would actually go numb in the middle of my sets! But being the stubborn and incredibly motivated lifter that I was. As I said before. I continued to workout anyway. Had I simply gotten the problem checked out right from the start I probably wouldn't have had to take this huge training layoff. In fact. Much to my dismay I learned that I had caused extensive damage to both shoulders and would have to take at least 6 months off of heavy chest and shoulder training. a full training philosophy. I thought. my shoulder problems still affect me to this very day.com . "aww what the hell. you must put the weights down and end your workout. If you look at the big picture then I'm sure you can see how missing 2 weeks of training is a much better scenario than missing 6 months. nothing bad will happen to me!" What a huge mistake that was! Eventually I found the common sense to have the problem checked out and find out what was wrong. the problem will only worsen. Believe me.
www. then keeping your protein and caloric intake high is absolutely crucial. C) Keep your diet and supplementation on track! If you aren't going to be in the gym. if your body is presented with an opportunity to get rid of excess muscle tissue. your body will preserve its lean mass for up to 3 weeks. D) Ease yourself back into the gym. It would probably be a bad idea to instantly begin training at your maximum weight and intensity right from the get-go. getting a proper diagnosis will help you to understand the seriousness of the problem and will also enable you to perform certain stretches and exercises to speed up the recovery process. Research has shown that as long as your diet stays on track.All Rights Reserved Page 219 of 229 .com . B) Seek professional advice! This must be done as soon as possible! Don't just sit around and hope that the pain will magically disappear. since rest is usually the best medicine. your gains will disappear faster than you could imagine. you must do so with caution. 2007 .The Truth About Building Muscle Chapter 8: Proper Rest & Recovery A) Get out of the gym! As hard as it may be to go through with. Remember.MuscleGainTruth. However. Once the injury has subsided and it's time to head back to the gym. If you let your diet slip. it will serve you much better in the long run. Trust me. you won't necessarily have to lose much either. This is extremely important to remember! Although you won't be able to gain muscle during a training layoff. it will. it is extremely important that you end your workout and minimize the injury's negative effects. Muscle disuse coupled with insufficient caloric consumption is a recipe for disaster. I would also recommend getting the injury checked out by more than one person so that you can be 100% sure of what the problem really is. In some cases it will.
The key is to use your own personal judgment based on how you feel to decide how serious the pain is.All Rights Reserved Page 220 of 229 . then usually you'll be correct. You could also get rid of bent-over barbell rows and perform seated cable rows instead. your lower back feels a bit tender. for example. if your lower back wasn't feeling up to par on back/biceps day you could eliminate deadlifts and replace them with an alternate back exercise.com . You just finished taking time off and it would be a nightmare to have to go through that entire process again. 2007 .www. The longer you've been training the easier it will be for you to tell. heavy resistance training is very stressful to the body. Only do this in situations when it is absolutely necessary. If you feel that you can deliver a safe and effective workout. If something doesn't feel right during a workout it is up to you to decide if the workout should continue or end. Because of this there might be some days where. For example.MuscleGainTruth. Use common sense! E) Listen to your Body! Being able to listen to your body and adjust your training accordingly is a very important skill. Your back may not feel 100%. Another technique you can implement on days where a certain body part doesn't feel 100% is exercise substitution.The Truth About Building Muscle Chapter 8: Proper Rest & Recovery Go the cautious route and perform 1 or 2 weeks of "test workouts" where you'll train with much less weight and intensity just to see where you're at and to ensure that the injury has fully subsided. so if you're just starting out it may take some time before you develop a solid mind-body connection when it comes to training with joint soreness. As you already know. but this does not necessarily mean that you are "injured".
your body is trying to pool together its resources to battle against whatever "intruders" are causing the problems. then go right ahead. You see. When you're sick. Not only does it place heavy demands on the muscles and bones. and move on. Lifting weights when your body is clearly under the weather will certainly do you more harm than good. do not workout. but it also delivers a big hit to the central nervous and immune systems as well. especially in the form of heavy weight training. This is nothing more than basic nature and is something that. Only you can judge whether or not you are capable of training. Only when you feel at or close to 100% should you re-enter the gym and start training hard again. whether it be from a cold. This will ultimately put your body into a catabolic state and will lengthen the amount of time that you are sick. most people don't realize just how much heavy resistance training really stresses the body. If you start introducing additional stress.com . flu or something else. so I'm sure you're beginning to get the idea. recover from it.All Rights Reserved Page 221 of 229 . We've already discussed why recovery is so important. cannot be helped. Do not allow yourself to become discouraged by this! It is absolutely inevitable that at some point along the way you'll get sick. your body will enter into a higher level of stress as it is forced to battle against the sickness as well as recover from the intensive workouts. Your body will accomplish this in the most efficient manner when it is given rest and the proper nutrients. Take as much time off as is needed for you to feel fully rested and able to train again. in most cases. Treat it as part of the entire process. The key with this one is to listen to your body.The Truth About Building Muscle Chapter 8: Proper Rest & Recovery 2) Training When You're Sick This is another big mistake most lifters make and is something that should definitely be avoided. If you don't feel at a full 100% but feel good enough that you can safely deliver a solid and effective workout. If you don't feel well on any given day.MuscleGainTruth.www. 2007 .
as this is the time when your body will do most of its recovering. Keeping protein intake high is very important during this period to prevent muscle catabolism. this supplement has been shown to provide amazing immune system benefits. During these times you'll have to rely heavily on protein shakes and meal replacements in order to meet your daily requirements. This is why it is extremely important to keep your diet as on-track as possible to ensure that you provide your body with all of the raw materials needed to facilitate proper recovery.The Truth About Building Muscle Chapter 8: Proper Rest & Recovery Simply use common sense and make choices that you know will benefit you in the long run. If you do get to the point where you need some time off from the gym. Get as much sleep as you possibly can. try not to worry. It will happen at some point and the best thing you can do is to take some time off and follow these guidelines to recover as fast as possible. your body will use anything and everything needed to fight against its intruders. Obviously there will be times when your appetite is almost non-existent as a result of being sick and it will be very difficult to eat solid foods. Take it easy and limit your other daily activities as much as possible. 2007 ..com .www. So as I said before: if you get sick.MuscleGainTruth. Typically you'll be using 5 to 10 grams each day. but when you're sick I would recommend shooting that up as high as 15 to 20 grams. rest is always the best healer. C) Keep your diet on track When sick. B) Increase glutamine intake As you already know. there are a few things you can do to minimize your downtime.All Rights Reserved Page 222 of 229 .. Believe me. A) Rest When it comes to being sick. you'll notice the difference.
This one might come as a bit of shock because of how heavily I've stressed the importance of consistency.All Rights Reserved Page 223 of 229 . extremely unmotivated or just that your body is telling you "don't train today". then it probably feels that way for a good reason. Like I said before. being downright lazy doesn't count. If you know that your workout will be performed at far less than 100% effort and intensity then it would probably be a waste of time to train and a missed opportunity to effectively stimulate muscle growth. If you feel overly fatigued. Again. the key is to listen to your body. Only you can be the judge of this and it is very important that you don't let it happen on a regular basis. rest.The Truth About Building Muscle Chapter 8: Proper Rest & Recovery 3) Taking a Day Off Being downright lazy is one thing.MuscleGainTruth.com . But if on some rare occasions you feel that your body desperately does not want to be in the gym. 2007 . and simply perform the workout the following day. It may be a signal from your body that it needs extra recovery time or that you are in an overtrained state. Take the day off. but being smart and listening to your body is an entirely different matter.www. but there are some specific times when taking a day off might not be such a terrible idea. as this is something that you'll simply have to rise above and conquer. but if it only happens every once in a while then it shouldn't be too much of a problem. I'm not advocating that you should regularly skip training sessions simply because you don't feel like lifting. taking a day off might not be so bad. but hear me out. This will slightly throw things off as it will put 2 workouts back to back for one week.
You should aim to get at least 8 hours of sleep every night. 3) Take time off when you have an injury. train within your limits. The key is to listen to your body. lower cortisol levels. 4) If you do feel an injury coming on. A proper sleep will increase your strength and energy. know when to quit.www. In order to minimize muscle loss. 5) If you get sick. 6) If you feel overly fatigued or unmotivated to train.All Rights Reserved Page 224 of 229 . 2) To prevent injuries you must always warm up thoroughly. raise testosterone levels.The Truth About Building Muscle Chapter 8: Proper Rest & Recovery Chapter 8 Review 1) Sleep is an absolutely crucial recovery period and its importance should not be underestimated. use proper form. 2007 . take a break and perform your workout the following day. pay close attention to your diet and supplementation. feel sick or feel overly tired. When the injury has subsided you must ease yourself back into the gym and listen to your body. increase growth hormone secretion and decrease insulin resistance.com . you must get out of the gym and seek professional advice immediately. only perform the assigned sets and follow a proper nutrition and supplement plan. Increasing your glutamine intake may be beneficial.MuscleGainTruth. do NOT workout! Make sure to rest until your body is fully healed.
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So, how do you feel? Are you confident that you will now be able to execute the best workouts of your life? Are you confident that you will know how much protein, carbohydrates and fats to consume everyday, and what foods you can find them in? Are you confident that you can keep yourself injury-free, spend your money on the right supplements, allow your body to heal properly, and perform your workouts with 100% intensity? I hope so, because as long as you have read and understood everything in this book, you should be able to answer yes to all of those questions. Although you have probably spent quite a bit of time reading though all of the information outlined in these pages, you should still able to see just how straightforward building muscle really is. Even though there are some specific guidelines that you will need to follow, the overall approach is very simple. Train hard, eat lots, take your vitamins, and sleep. The rest is just details. The goal of writing this book was to show people that the muscle-building process does not require you to memorize countless principles, measure out your food quantities with laser-accurate precision or buy in to the "latest breakthrough" supplement scam. The muscle-building process merely requires you to understand a few basic principles and execute them on a consistent basis. There is nothing more to it than that.
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As long as you follow the basic guidelines laid out in this book and consistently implement them, you will be successful. Think about that… You will be successful. What are you waiting for? Building muscle takes time, so you'd better get started! And you know what? Building muscle is hard! It's damn hard, and it is not going to happen without a fight. You know, there are so many other books and programs out there on the Internet, and some of them make me cringe. Why? It’s because so many of the other books out there have one thing in common, they all make building muscle sound easy. I mean sure, it's obvious why they do it. It's because the easier they make the musclebuilding process sound, the more books they'll sell and the more money they'll make. That's fine with me; they can make their money by misleading people. I'm not here to do that. I'm here to give you the truth. The truth is that building muscle is a battle! The truth is that training with 100% intensity is uncomfortable. The truth is that eating 5-7 meals a day requires a lot of discipline. If you want to get huge, you're going to have to work for it. That is the truth.
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And I don't care what anyone else tells you, because if they try to portray bodybuilding as a walk in the park, they're full of it! So yes, building muscle is hard! But I'm here to tell you that every ounce of energy you put into your muscle-building endeavors will pay off in its fullest. Dramatically increasing your body's muscle size and strength is truly a thing of beauty. Being able to change your body through your own willpower and determination is one of the most satisfying and rewarding things you could possibly accomplish. As you press forward in your quest for bigger, stronger muscles, you will be overcome with a sense of pride and satisfaction as you watch your body change from week to week. As each day passes you'll be one step closer to achieving the muscle mass and strength you desire. When the day arrives that you are finally able to take your shirt off, look in the mirror and be happy with what you see, every aspect of your life will change for the better. Right now I want you to close your eyes and envision the body you hope to achieve. Picture yourself; massive, ripped, strong and confident. Looks pretty good doesn't it? Well I'm here to tell you that you can achieve that body, and it is only a matter of time before you do. You are now equipped with what I confidently believe to be the best muscle-building techniques available, and reaching your goals is simply a matter of taking that knowledge and consistently applying it week after week. As long as you follow these guidelines closely it is physically impossible for you to not build muscle. However, one thing that is absolutely imperative to remember is that building muscle takes time! Nobody got huge overnight, and neither will you. This is simply the reality of the entire process and is something you need to understand before you begin.
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Building muscle is all about baby steps. Don't become frustrated if you don't experience the gains you were hoping for right off the bat. Rome was not built in a day! Now I'm not a religious man, but I do know that the Buddhist philosophy stresses that we do not focus on the past or the future, but rather devote our energy to what is happening in the present moment. I want you to apply this way of thinking to your muscle-building journey. Don't worry about how much you'll weigh in 6 months or whether or not your squat will reach 250 pounds within 8 weeks. Focus on today. Focus on improving slightly upon your previous workout, eating 5-7 meals every day and giving your body adequate rest. Take everything one step at a time, and as long you're consistent, you'll be successful. Sure, setting goals is great, but do not let them blind you of what you must accomplish in this very moment to reach them. Do you think I just woke up one day 80 pounds heavier? Do you think that after 3 weeks of training my squat increased by 300 pounds? Of course not. I got there by applying these principles day after day, week after week, month after month and year after year. I focused on meeting my nutritional requirements every single day and adding a few pounds to the bar every week. My gains did not happen overnight, they were cultivated over time. It will be the same for you. Take things one day at a time, train hard, eat plenty and good things will happen.
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We'll all begin at different ends of the spectrum. and tomorrow do the same thing. and building muscle is no different. but in the end we'll land in the same place.com .MuscleGainTruth. Train and eat for today. focus on where you'll finish. Don't worry about where you start. and I promise that your life will forever change for the better! Thanks for reading! 2007 .All Rights Reserved Page 229 of 229 . Work your ass off.The Truth About Building Muscle Chapter 9: Closing Words I don't care if you weigh 175 pounds or 95 pounds. follow these principles closely. It's where you end up that counts. There are no shortcuts to any place worth going.www. because where you start is irrelevant.
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