On today’s episode of Live Lean TV I’m talking about the 6 secrets to a bodybuilder’s physique.
Lets get started.
Building muscle is essential to Living Lean.
When most people think they need to lose fat, they hit the cardio machines and become a smaller, skinnier, fat version of themselves.
What they really need is to build muscle to create a body that becomes a fat burning machine.
Muscle increases your metabolism, helps your body burn more calories at rest, and keeps you looking and feeling younger.
In other words, muscle is the shiz. The good kind of shiz.
With that said ladies and gentlemen, use these…
If all you had to do was lift weights, most people in the gym would be freaking huge.
Yes, progressive overloading by adding weight to the bar is important.
But in my opinion it’s more important to first focus on creating as much tension in the working muscle as possible.
Once you have the mind muscle connection to engage the working muscle to max tension, by really squeezing and feeling that muscle working in full range of motion, then it’s time to add more weight to the bar.
Stimulate the muscle to grow!
Don’t trash your muscle and joints with junk sets. If you’re not in control of the weight, you’re not in control of your body.
You should be focusing on the big 3 lifts to build a solid, strong, and muscular frame. Remember, the stronger you are, the easier you’ll be able to build muscle.
These 3 major lifts include all variations of squats, deadlifts, and presses.
Focus on these lifts in the beginning, as well as variations to hit your muscles from different angles, and you’ll quickly increase your strength and build muscle faster.
Leave the isolation movements like leg extensions and curls for later when you already have a decent amount of muscle on your frame.
To build muscle, you need to feed the muscle.
This is one of the most common mistakes for people trying to build muscle.
They don’t eat enough.
And try to keep it as clean as possible to limit fat storage. If you’re an ectomorph in other words a “hard gainer”, just get in the calories.
The body is most anabolic when you feed it a variety of protein, carbs, and fat from whole foods like meat, poultry, fish, nuts, seeds, fruits, vegetables, and starchy carbs like potatoes.
Also consider supplementing to feed your body the additional nutrients it needs to stimulate muscle growth. Whey protein, creatine, and branch chained amino acids (BCAAs) are some of the best muscle building supplements. Here’s a link to the MyProtein brand I use, use coupon code: GOUTHRO for 20% off discount coupon code.
You tear down muscle in the gym, you feed the muscle by eating, and you grow the muscle while you sleep.
Aim for 7-8 hours of quality sleep every night.
The best quality sleep begins around 10pm.
Turn off the TV and devices, and start counting sheep.
If you’re not used to going to bed this early, it will be a struggle in the beginning.
But like all things, eventually your body will adapt and you will fall asleep earlier, and wake up earlier.
I’m not going to lie. Building muscle is hard.
So ask yourself this:
Why is building muscle important to you?
Make sure you have a strong emotional connection to your answer.
Once you do, that’s your why. Without a strong why, you’ll never stick to the dedication that is required to build muscle.
The gym would be filled with strong and lean bodies if each and everyone of them actually had a structured plan telling them exactly what to do.
But most people walk into the gym with no focus, no plan, and no chance of building muscle.
They stay in their comfort zone and stick to exercises they enjoy doing.
Which obviously isn’t getting them results.
I transformed my body when I invested in it.
If you’re looking for a 6 week program to add some mass, check out my LiveLeanMass.com volume training workout.
It covers pretty much everything that I mentioned in this video.
There you have it. I hope you enjoyed this episode and go check out: LiveLeanMass.com.
And please leave us a comment and let me know how much muscle you want to build? I love hearing from you.
Thank you so much for watching and being apart of this empowering and inspiring community …I appreciate you and I’m so excited to share with you what we have coming up in the future. It’s now your time to Live Lean!
Brad Gouthro is the founder of Live Lean TV, a media company focused on helping men and women “Live Lean” 365 days a year. Brad’s programs and content have helped millions of people all over the world learn how to get in shape, and more importantly, sustain it for life.