If you had a nickel for every time someone asked a question about training frequency, how rich would you be? Some lifters prefer Monday-Tuesday-Thursday-Friday; some like Monday-Wednesday-Friday; and others like to hit different parts of their body everyday. Then there are questions about other nuances of a training regimen, like diet, reps, weight, hypertrophy, and so on. At the root of all of these areas of uncertainty should be the most fundamental question: what are you trying to improve, and why? If you hesitate for one moment on the answer to this question, then you are doing yourself a disservice.
You’ve seen them before – forearms the size of legs, bursting through rolled up t-shirts with reckless abandon. There is never any question that the owners of these super-strong arms is a man’s man; someone who can protect, lead, and won’t take no for an answer. Why is it then that most of us train our forearms and grips like second-class citizens? If anything, grip and wrist strength should receive at least as much dedicated effort as chest and biceps: the beach muscles.
Don’t get me wrong I love to sleep, but as much as I enjoy cocooning under my covers I enjoy having a productive and fulfilling day much much more.
About a month ago I started getting to the gym at 6am instead of my usual 7:30pm and boy have my productivity and overall energy levels increased dramatically!
In case you haven’t jumped on the early gym train yourself quite yet, I’ve thrown together some benefits of early morning workouts. If these don’t get your ass in the gym a little earlier then maybe you aren’t as motivated as you think…
Creatine is one of the more controversial and misunderstood muscle-building supplements of our time. For this reason, I want to shed some bright light on what it does, what it doesn’t do, its benefits, and some of its drawbacks – both scientific and anecdotal. There are a lot of facts on creatine floating around, but it can be hard to find out what it really does with out making your head spin. I’ll try to fix that in this post. So let’s begin…
Take a look at the back label of almost anything at your supplement-provider-of-choice, and you are bound to find creatine monohydrate as an ingredient. It comes in many forms: pure powder, protein mixes, sports drinks, energy gels; but more importantly, what the heck is it, and why do so many strength athletes blindly swear by it?
As anyone who’s undergone some serious training for a body transformation will tell you; pumping iron in the gym is the easy part – the hard part is your diet. Diet is just as important, if not more important than what you do in the gym when trying to build muscle mass or lose weight.
The main difference here is that you may spend an hour or two in the gym a day, but you diet 24 hours a day. As you can imagine, the diet becomes the hardest part to stick to as the days and weeks roll by in your training program. With that said, there are certain things you can do thought to make the process a bit easier and start eating right on a routine basis.
Let me guess you’re either:
a) Hitting the gym consistently and just can’t seem to make any gains OR b) You’re new to the whole lifting thing and are just looking to get as big as possible as fast as possible.
Either way, you’re probably looking for an easy solution to your problem.
Well, I hate to break it to you but there’s not. There simply is no easy way to pack on muscle besides busting your ass.
With that said, there are certain things you can do to move the process along.