6 Muscle Building Mistakes to Avoid
Begin on a journey towards building muscle and it won’t take long until you start experiencing improved posture, better balance, stronger joints and bones, and an improvement in your overall quality of life. And all that shiny new muscle definition surely isn’t negatively affecting your self-esteem.
Building lean muscle won’t happen overnight, but there are things you can do to make sure you’re not delaying the process.
To make the most of your workout, the key is to exercise smarter, not harder. No matter where you are on your muscle-building journey, be sure to avoid these six saboteurs:
All that strength training may be all for nothing if you’re not eating right. Proper nutrients and calories are needed to fuel your workouts and help your muscles grow. Take a hard pass on a Paelo or Keto diet. And instead of chugging protein shakes, eat whole foods loaded with a variety of complex carbohydrates, protein, fruits, and vegetables.
- Not Drinking Enough Water
A vital nutrient that makes up two-thirds of our body, water is crucial to building and developing strong muscles. Make sure your downing no less than the requisite eight glasses a day to protect your joints, speed up recovery time, and energize your muscles.
- Not Getting Enough Sleep
Lack of sleep can seriously derail muscle building. After nutrition, sleep is what encourages your body to repair and recover. If you deprive yourself of sleep, you’re interrupting your muscle’s growth and repair process.
- Lifting Weights Too Fast
Your muscles need ample time under tension to grow. If you perform a set of 10 reps in 10 to 15 seconds, your muscles aren’t receiving the necessary time under tension. Make sure your sets last at least 30 seconds to get the most out of each and every rep.
- Lifting with Poor Form
Find a challenging weight that you can also control through the set with good form and you’ve found your sweet spot. If you can’t control the weights, you’ll be working out everything but the intended muscle. If the weight is too heavy and your form is sloppy, you’ll be engaging your joints and tendons more than your muscles and risk injury.
- Not Using the Mind-Muscle Connection
Be mindful of the muscle you are working. For example, if you are doing a bicep exercise, you want to focus on the bicep and the squeezing to produce the maximum muscle building. Focus on the muscles you are using, consciously contract and squeeze to further encourage growth.
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