Whether you are an ectomorph, endomorph or mesomorph, the physiology of building muscle is the same for all. Of course, the main difference between each body type is going to be the rate at which muscle growth occurs, but at it biological level, the muscle growth process is the same for each of us.
There are a few commonly known factors that contribute to muscle growth including regular resistance training, rest and recuperation, and nutrition. There are also a few factors that significantly contribute building muscle which you may not know about or have forgotten about. Here are some muscle-building strategies you should apply on your way to alpha superiority.
See it – Believe it
A major contributing factor to the success I’ve experienced as an educator is my ability to make people see the unthinkable and achieve the unimaginable. I am a huge proponent of positive thinking and being told or thinking you can’t do something that could alter your life’s path for the better is something I simply will not settle for.
One of the best strategies I’ve employed for my own benefit over the years and have passed on to anyone who chooses to listen to me is the act of visualization. Way before you even get to the gym for that day’s workout, you should have already seen and mentally experienced what you will eventually accomplish that day. You should go through your exercises and see yourself struggle with the weight, see yourself sweat, see the adjustments you make in your training and then finally see the finished product. This strategy is unbelievably effective for creating the type of mental approach you need to have to continue in this sport.
Anytime you feel like you are having difficulty because the vision isn’t clear, ask yourself this question; when you close your eyes do you see yourself in the winner’s circle or in the back behind the curtains? When that answer becomes clear, so will your vision.
Regimentation – Consistency – Focus
Those who create what they have always imagined themselves to be, whether it is the physique they’ve always wanted, success in business or love in life, three founding principles must be at the forefront of their daily actions – regimentation, consistency, and focus. Once you find the winning formula for whatever it is you are trying to achieve, stick with it. The adage, “if it’s not broke, don’t fix it” is an excellent reminder to those who tend to jump from strategy to strategy with no real reason for doing so.
In bodybuilding, staying true to these three principles is the only way to make the types of gains you are in search of. Creating and sticking to a schedule that works for you and never veering off that path is your formula for success. Sure there are going to be bumps in the road along the way, and your body will be forgiving, but if you’ve put yourself on the fast track to greatness, regimentation, consistency, and focus are going to have to be terms that you get a Ph.D. in.
You’ve certainly heard someone at some point say that timing is everything; and you know what, that holds a lot of truth. We base our days around time, and everything you do is usually time sensitive; bodybuilding is no different. We have our meals for the day timed out perfectly, our training time is sensitive to our response to resistance, the amount of time we allow for rest is very important, and the timing of the supplements we use is crucial. One of the products I’ve personally put a lot of focus on as it pertains to timing is my use of branched chain amino acids and more specifically speaking my use of BCAA-4500.
I always train as hard as I possibly can and with that always come days upon days of soreness and uncomfortable muscle pain; good pain but pain nonetheless. As soon as BCAA-4500 was available to me, I started to experiment with my dosing and dosing times and what I found to work for me as far as expediting the recovery process and minimizing that muscle soreness is this.
Immediately upon awakening, I take a full serving. This helps prime my muscles for what the day has in store for me. Then about a half hour before my workout, I’ll take another serving. I look at this as my safety net or protection against too much damage being done by the Max-OT training style I use. Immediately upon finishing my workout and just after taking a dose of R-ALA 200 I take another serving of BCAA-4500. Then again right before I go to bed for the night I’ll take my final serving to support recovery and new growth while I sleep.
Now I know that seems like a lot and it is but through my experimentation this is what I’ve found to work for me and my size and the times I’ve chosen to supplement with this awesome product just makes sense to me.
Now, this article could have easily gone over the strategies for muscle growth that everyone already knows and that I’ve already talked about before and we could have simply posted this article as a great reminder for you. Rather than doing that I thought it was a better idea to point out a few of the little things that commonly get overlooked but significantly contribute to your overall success when employed on a regular basis. So if you’re wondering why you’re not growing at the rate you believe you should be growing, these three strategies may make things a lot easier for you.