The myth of No Pain, No Gain
Yes Virginia, it is a myth that you have to have pain in order to build your muscles. In fact, to build muscle you don’t really have to do much according to experts. Simply changing your diet and targeting the muscles you want to build with a series of repeated exercises seem to be the ticket. So how do you go about building up your muscles?
While it seems counter-productive to claim that eating will help you build muscles and not fat, many dieticians claim that it is true. You can eat a diet that, when combined with an appropriate exercise routine, will give you an increase in your muscle mass. How can you do this? Well, let’s take a look at what muscles need to be able to function. They need carbohydrates and protein to be able to grow. But that doesn’t mean to overload your diet with carbs and proteins. In fact, the experts say that a balanced diet that includes small amounts of these muscle building compounds is better than just a diet of carbohydrates and proteins alone.
Most people will tell you that to build your muscles you have to lift weights slowly. However, that’s not the case. Many experts agree that a series of rapid upwards movements followed by slow and controlled downwards movements are the best way to build up muscles. It forces the muscles to contract and release in controlled sequences and makes the muscle build up more in order to handle the exercise that is being done.
This may actually be more myth than fact in building muscles. In fact, stretching increases flexibility more than aiding in building muscles. Many experts say that a slow and steady warm-up is better than stretching as it allows the entire body to increase blood flow and prepare for a healthy exercise routine. So unless you are wanting to increase your flexibility as well as muscle mass, just do a simple warm up and you’ll be fine.
Free Weights or Machines
Many people will say that the best way to build muscles is to find a series of machine exercises you can do in a work out session. Sounds good right? Well if you are just starting out then this is very true for you. However, many experts say that with building muscles, the best thing to use is a free weight because it mimics natural movements better than machines.