Before I started my quest to build muscle, I researched beforehand on the best possible things that I can do to build it.
Most of the information I get is eat a lot of protein, take supplements, and a host of other things that people swear by.
Although most of them are true, there are some mistakes that still perpetuates to this day.
In today’s article, I will talk about the 5 mistakes that prevent you from building more muscle.
Nothing is more frustrating than spending time in the gym for a long period of time, only to find out that you’re not building your muscles efficiently.
I am here to help you stop that. So, without further ado, here are the 5 mistakes that prevent you from building muscle:
- Glorifying Supplement Use and Ditching a good Diet Plan. In the bodybuilding world, a lot of people swear by the use of supplements. And rightfully so, supplements can help you achieve a bigger physique. Unfortunately, people are often misled to believe that supplements are the be-all and end-all. They ditch their diet plans and they only consume supplements instead. This is just so wrong and this is one mistake you should correct. Nothing beats a good meal plan. Only use supplements to, well, supplement your already robust diet.
- Overtraining is NOT the key to building muscles. We live in a society wherein “more is always better”. Unfortunately, that saying doesn’t hold true in the bodybuilding world. Training hard enough is key, not overtraining. If you train your muscles hard enough and allow it ample time to rest and recover, you will be on your way to bigger and better muscles. If you overtrain, however, you not only run the risk of injury but you’re also guaranteeing yourself that you will not get those big muscles you’ve always wanted.
- Not Doing Compound Exercises. I cannot stress this enough, but unfortunately, most people just do not do a lot of compound exercises. Compound exercises are amazing because they hit a lot of muscle groups per rep. Examples of Compound exercises are the squat, the deadlift, and the bench press. If you truly want to build muscle, incorporate compound exercises into your routine.
- Not Eating Enough Protein. Protein is essential to bodybuilders because it is the only macronutrient that is considered to be the “building blocks of muscles”. If you want to develop your muscles, aim to consume 1 gram per 1lb of lean body weight. So, if you weigh 155lbs, aim to consume 155 grams of protein per day.
- Not getting enough rest. This is tied to the overtraining mistake I’ve talked about before. Muscle growth doesn’t happen during your workouts; it happens when you’re out of the gym. Most people do not give their muscles enough time to rest, that is why they’re not getting the muscles they’ve always wanted. Make sure to give your muscles ample time to rest so that they can grow and develop properly.
Misinformation is common in the gym and misinformation about muscle building is quite prevalent these days.
By reading this article, you are now armed with the right knowledge on how to build and develop your muscles.