Saturday, December 17, 2005

The Basics Of Building Muscle

I'm going to go over the basics of building muscle in the next few blog entries. If you're looking to build muscle from your time spent in the gym, it's important you keep reading.

There are as many varied opinions on what "plan" one should follow to build muscle as there are people who have those opinions. On one thing they do agree, however. You must have a regimen.

You can begin by defining your objective. Why are you interested in building muscle? What do you hope to accomplish? What is your ultimate goal? To look better, feel better, get noticed more? All of those?

If this sounds like "Goal Setting 101," guess what? It is! You need to clearly define your "why" before you can move on to "how."

Building muscle is all about commitment and belief. There is an abundance of information about how to begin and conduct your journey, but without a burning desire to achieve, you're doomed to inevitable failure. First things first.

-Before you even think about your exercise routine...

-Before you begin researching a nutritional program...

-Before you shop for supplements...

Ask yourself the following questions:

Do I believe this is possible for me?

Am I willing to focus, commit and do whatever it takes?

If you answered "yes" to these two questions, the seed has been planted and you're ready to begin building muscle.

While the details and sequential recommendations for building muscle vary, there are some basic questions that apply to the process no matter what program you choose to follow.

* How do I build muscle?

* How do I strengthen muscle?

* Am I healthy enough to begin a muscle building routine?

* What should I eat?

* How often should I eat?

* Should I eat at different intervals throughout the day?

* Is there a specific diet for building muscle?

* How many calories should I eat?

* Should I take supplements?

In the forthcoming blog entries, I'll give you an overview that will help you set up your muscle and body building lifestyle. It is indeed a lifestyle and you must be prepared for the rigors of change, not only to your body, but mentally as well.

You should always check with your doctor before beginning any exercise program. Lifting too much weight (especially for people with high blood pressure) or doing too many repetitions can be extremely harmful.

So, step one is choosing and defining your muscle building goals. Soon, we'll get into the nitty gritty of building muscle.

If you don't want to wait, check out my step-by-step blueprint for building muscle:

http://www.shawnlebrunfitness.com/getshredded.html

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