The Ins & Outs of Building Muscle
Building muscle seems to be something of a craze at the minute. So many people are focused on sculpting their body to perfection but aren’t doing it in the right way. Our body has to be treated right if we’re ever going to build muscle, so don’t think it’s all about going to the gym. What you do outside of the gym is going to play just as much of a big part, and in fact, you can’t have one without the other. Unless you’re fueling your body right, you’ll just be burning the muscle you’re trying to build. Which is why we’ve created this article. Considering so many people are now going on a quest to build more muscle, we thought we would show you the ins and outs of how to do it, to make sure you actually DO IT! Have a read on to find out more.
The Right Diet
So we’re going to start with diet, because we really do feel that it’s overlooked by so many trying to do this. There’s one key term that you need to learn everything about, and that’s calorie surplus. This is where you eat more than your body is using in a day. Bear in mind, if you’re just sat at the office desk all day, then you come home to relax, you don’t need to eat as much as you would on the days that you go to the gym. But generally, they say to eat 500 more calories than you’re supposed to for your height and weight. There are plenty of calculators on the internet to figure out what that should be for you. But that doesn’t mean you can just eat whatever. You need to fuel your body right, and that starts with carbs, proteins, and fats. Healthy fats of course, not your favourite order from the takeaway. Your typical porridge, rice & chicken, and steak & veg kind of diet is the one you want to be going along the lines of!
The Right Exercises
You aren’t going to make any progress if you aren’t doing the right exercises, and we think this is where a lot of people go wrong. You have to be using the right weights, the right form, and be doing the right amount of reps. Learning what all of the different weight lifts you can do, and how they affect each muscle, is really important. For example, what muscles do kettlebell swings work and what muscles do kettlebell lunges work. You have to rotate the muscles as well. You can’t just keep working the same muscles, namely your upper body. You have to do a full body workout throughout the week, or you’ll just start to look uneven.
Rest Is Essential
In between all of this working out and eating, you need to make sure you have those rest days. The key to building muscles is letting all of those micro-tears within heal, therefore making the muscle stronger and bigger!