Â What’s going on? I appreciate you for stopping by. Throughout my articles you’ve basically learned what it takes to get into great shape and possess a stacked physique, even if you’re a busy guy who can’t (or doesn’t want to) spend a lot of time in the gym. Starting in this lesson and continuing into the next, you’ll now learn about the most common muscle building mistakes to should avoid if you want to reach your goals.
Muscle Building Mistakes You Want to Avoid…
Not Taking Care of Injuries
Maybe it’s a bit of ego. Maybe some people think it’s a badge of honor to work through the pain. But I’m telling you now: If you get injured, stop lifting that particular body part until you’ve completely recovered. Continuing to lift when you’re injured just exacerbates the problem – and it can lead to a greater injury (perhaps one that requires surgery for example). Remember there’s a difference between being sore and actually being injured. I can’t tell you when you’re hurt that’s for you to be on top of.
Adding Weight Too Quickly
I seek to improve my lifts every time I hit the gym. This means hitting out a couple extra reps on the same weight I did last week. Or I add weight to the bar and start doing my sets with a heavier weight.
However, some people add weight too quickly. For example, they’ll add an extra 20-40 pounds. The problem with that is you usually can’t jump up in weight that quickly. I’ve seen a bunch a my buddies and countless dudes in the gym try to lift too much too soon putting themselves at a huge risk for injury. They use bad form often by “swinging” the weight, which doesn’t help them to develop and define their muscles the right way.
Your best bet is to add weight slowly, such as in 2.5-5 pound increments. Depending on the lift, there’s a good chance you’ll be able to add five pounds at a time. But if you do, keep an eye on yourself to make sure you’re maintaining good form.
Avoiding the Power Lifts
I’ve mentioned this a few times throughout the lessons: You should be doing big lifts for big muscle groups. These “big” lifts include deadlifts, squats, the bench press, barbell rows, chin ups, leg presses, and the shoulder press.
Most guys are happy to do bench presses (sometimes excessively). But there are plenty of guys who hate the big leg lifts like squats and deadlifts… so they skip them altogether. If that’s you, suck it up and start doing the lifts. Otherwise you’re going to end up with an unbalenaced look.
Let’s keep it real, there’s a good chance that your goals are mainly aesthetic. It’s all goood, there is nothing wrong with wanting to look fly. But in order to develop these muscles so that they look their best, you need to train for strength. For example, if your tricep muscles are so weak that they’re impeding your bench press, that right there makes it so you can’t fully train your chest. Symmetry is where it’s at, especially when you’re yolked.
The solution? Work on strengthening up ALL your muscles:
- Strong triceps will help you with chest exercises.
- Strong shoulders will help you with chest and back exercises.
- A strong core will help you with most compound lifts.
- Strong biceps will facilitate your back lifts.
- A strong grip will help you improve performance on a variety of lifts, including back exercises, bicep exercises, etc.
If you’re weak in one area, then do weekly isolation exercises to improve strength on those individual muscles. Once you do that, you’ll see your strength and definition drastically improve on the big muscles!
That’s it for this time- I’ve got a bit more to say about this, but i’ll save that for another post. Feel free to keep your opinion to yourself.
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To your fitness success!
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