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With the articles on my site and my free course it's my goal to educate you on all aspects of bodybuilding so you can make your own informed descisions and get the body you dream of without all of the confusing information when it comes to the truth about building muscle mass.
What are hard gainers? They are individuals with a slim body type who find it hard to gain weight and muscle mass. There are so many hard gainers out there who have given up their pursuit of building a muscular, bulky body because they believe it is impossible for them. This, however, is not true. With the right diet, and certain knowledge that they did not have before, hard gainers can build up as much muscle mass as they want.
After doing just a little research a new trainee will see that most people promote the principle of ‘training to failure’. Failure is the time at which the nervous system simply can’t take anymore at a given weight and crashes, causing your muscle contraction to come to an end. Training to failure would seem to make sense in that you are pushing yourself to the limit.
Along with dumbbell curls, barbell curls are the most common method of building the biceps with free weights. In fact, many people prefer barbell curls which are more effective for performing cheat curls when loaded with heavier weight. As anyone who has curled will testify, barbell curls with a straight bar can feel a little awkward and when a person tries curls with an EZ Curl bar, they often don’t go back to using a straight bar.
While squats are undoubtedly the greatest exercise for building lower body strength, particularly the quads, it’s fair to say that squats aren’t a well-loved exercise for many people. Some people do have a legitimate beef: For people with long legs and a short upper body, squatting can be awkward. The immense forward lean to retain balance not only places the lower back under considerable pressure, but it also makes it almost impossible not to drive up from the toes, instead of the heel.
Nothing completes the powerful look like big traps. If you want to improve your upper trap development and have tried shrugs and haven’t gotten the results you’d like then don’t abandon shrugs just yet because I have something for you that’ll help supercharge the effectiveness of shrugs, so the exercise starts to pay dividends for you.
It’s incredible to think that even today some people still scoff at the idea of changing exercises regularly in order to continue building muscle. “Why would you need to, do the muscles have little brains which know what you did over the last few weeks?” they ask sarcastically. Others say it’s merely psychological – that on some level you become bored of what you’re doing and begin to put less and less effort into it and sabotage yourself because you desire change. What really happens when you don’t change exercises, if anything?
Some people try and build serious muscle mass with very few carbohydrates; some try it with very few fats. I’m yet to come across anyone who tried building serious muscle mass without hardly any protein. Protein is the only nutrient which provides nitrogen, and it’s the only nutrient capable of building muscle.
When we first embark on a muscle building regime, everything comes so easy. We gain a lot of strength and muscle size quickly and it seems as if we have developed a touch which would make even Midas jealous. Then, before we know it, it all seems to grind to a halt: Our beginner gains are over, and this is where the winners continue and the losers quit.
The task of selecting the best muscle building exercises is simply summed up by many as ‘choose the exercises which allow you to lift the heaviest weights’. This may make sense, and it is true in part, but there’s a massive piece of the puzzle missing here which will be explained in this article to hopefully talk you out of taking an inferior path in your training. Continued
Jack Lalanne, the “Godfather of Fitness” has passed away on January 23, 2011 at his home in Morro Bay, California. It was reported that he died from Pneumonia symptoms.
I was not born during the time when his shows “The Jack LaLanne Show” was popular back in the 60’s & 70’s. But I’ve heard a lot about him and have watched his many motivational and inspirational videos. Until today, many of his words of wisdom still remains in my heart and I will forever remember this great fitness legend.
Jack is the guy who can inspire you just from the way he talks. His charisma and his passion in fitness has change the lives of many who have watch and hear him speaks. Below is just one of his many videos you can find on YouTube:
RIP Jack. Your legacy and your impact on the fitness world will always be remembered.