5 things you may not know about the muscle building process
#1 – Most lifters fail due to lack of consistency
Most lifters don’t fail because they lack the proper workout or diet, they fail because they lack consistency. If you want to become massive and strong, you need to workout for years without a major layoff. Many guys succeed despite their workouts and diets because of consistency, but there has never been a lifter that has succeeded without consistency.
It’s ok to take a week off from the gym every 2-3 months, but if you’re taking more time off than this you might want to take an assessment of what is keeping you from the gym. Many lifters simply try to do too much, too soon, and become burned out.
If this is the case with you, try focusing on the quality of your workouts rather than quantity of sets and training frequency. You don’t “need” to be doing 30-35 sets per day, 5 days a week. It is possible to make gains on 12-16 sets a day training “only” 3-4 days per week.
#2 – There are no magic workout programs
There are no magic workout programs. Most reputable training programs contain a lot of the same exercises. If you focus on proper diet, progressive overload and consistency, most of these programs will serve you well. Pick a program that most motivates you to hit the gym, and get after it.
Think of it like this: if you are in Maine and want to drive to California, there are hundreds of ways to get there. Some of these routes may add 5% travel time to your journey, and some might speed up the trip by 5%. Either way, unless you take a radical and foolish route, how you get there won’t matter much. Enjoy the journey and do it with a workout system that appeals to you.