Anyone who has been involved with bodybuilding for any length of time understands the importance of combining weight training with proper nutrition to get any kind of noticeable results. However, there are several other techniques that can play a large role in helping you to pack on slabs of new muscle mass. I want to share 3 tips with you that will help supplement your training and nutrition plan and lead to faster muscle gains.
Drink Lots of Water
Many bodybuilders are so focused on what supplements they should be taking that they forget about the most fundamental element inside of their body – water. The muscles of the body are made up of approximately 70% water. Drinking at least a gallon of water every day will ensure that your muscles are sufficiently hydrated. Properly hydrated muscles do not only look fuller and healthier on the outside, but will also perform better. In fact, studies have shown that even slight dehydration can lead to strength decreases of as much as 25%.
Lift Heavy Weights
We must always remember that the goal of weight training is to strain our muscles beyond their current capabilities. One of the best ways to do this is to consistently increase the weights of your various lifts. Even if you don’t feel that you are ready to add any resistance, go ahead and add another 5 pounds the next time you perform your lifts. Adding 5 or 10 pounds to your lifts every few weeks will lead to increased muscle hypertrophy that will add up over time.
Control Your Insulin Levels
Controlled insulin body building is the science of using insulin to create an anabolic effect on your muscles. Insulin forces nutrient rich blood to your muscle cells which helps them to rebuild and grow. Insulin is released when carbohydrates are consumed which is why eating sufficient amounts of carbohydrates is absolutely essential for anyone looking to pack on muscle mass. However, you do not want to eat large amounts of carbohydrates at times other than before and after you weight train because a large portion of the carbs you consume will be stored as fat on your body when consumed at times when your muscles do not need the excess sugar for energy.
When consistently applied, these 3 tips will help you to build fuller muscles faster without gaining loads of body fat in the process.