Thursday, September 29, 2011

Want to build muscle?

How to Build Muscle

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Your body builds muscle naturally in response to strenuous activity. But if your daily routine doesn't involve challenging your muscles to grow, how do you trigger the muscle-building process? It doesn't happen overnight (as any bodybuilder can tell you) but you'll be well on your way to "bulking up" if you follow these steps consistently.


  1. Make time to exercise. Decide which exercises you'll do on which days. Some exercises focus on a specific muscle (e.g. bicep curl) while other exercises call upon several muscles at once (e.g. squat). The important thing is to make sure each muscle gets a chance to rest for at least a full day before using it again. For example, you can do a full-body weight training routine every other day (with cardio in between, if you want) or you can alternate muscle groups (arms on Monday, legs on Tuesday, upper back and chest on Wednesday, etc.).[1]
    • Do Calisthenics or Compound Exercises. Push-ups, Pull-ups, Dips, Pistols, Reverse Crunches, etc. These exercises are functional and encourage your body to use primary muscle groups, secondary muscle groups, stabilizing muscles as well as your core. Add weight when these exercises get easy.
    • Muscles grow during rest, not during training. If you don't give a muscle adequate time to recover, then you'll actually interfere with the muscle building process and can end up injuring yourself. When you lift weight, you're supposed to stress the muscle to the extent that it breaks down at the cellular level, resulting in increased protein synthesis, which produces thicker muscle fibers. This process begins 2-4 hours after the workout and lasts 24 hours[2] (although some researchers suggest that muscles worked to exhaustion need 36-48 hours to rebuild[3]). If you stress the muscle again before the process is complete, you'll break down the muscle fibers before they've had a chance to rebuild.[2]
    • To build volume rather than strength, design your program around lots of repetitions (8 to 12), three to five sets, and short (30- to 90-second) rest periods between sets. Athletes looking for power and strength, on the other hand, will favor a program with reps that max out at around six and sets ranging from two to six, with a long rest period (two to five minutes) to promote better recovery between sets.[2]
  2. Practice good form. Learn how to do each exercise properly (full extension of movement, proper stance and posture, etc.) or else you'll not only reduce the effectiveness of the movement, but you'll also be increasing the risk of injury. To master each exercise, learn to do it slowly with light weight. Your form will improve with practice. Even though you might feel more accomplished when you move quickly, you're depending on momentum to do some of the work for you, instead of your muscles. Do each rep slowly, in a controlled and steady fashion.[1] More advanced lifters are able to benefit to a significant extent through explosive repetitions, but since this also compounds the risk of injury in novice athletes, it is solely recommended for more advanced athletes.[4]
  3. Lift to fatigue. As mentioned earlier, in order to trigger the muscle building process, you need to stress the muscle. By the final rep of your final set, your muscle should be exhausted.[2] That should be the last rep you can do with perfect form. If you start losing form before then because your muscles are too tired, you're using too much weight. If you find that you can add in one or more reps in good form, you need to add on some weight.
    • Ask someone to "spot" you, so that you can safely push your muscles to the point where they fail. Your spotter can then help you with the weight just enough so that you can complete the motion. Having a spotter for exercises like bench press is normal and expected, so don't be shy to ask someone. And if you can't find a spotter, don't lift to failure on any exercise where a dropped weight could injure you.
  4. Change your eating habits. You can't build muscle unless you give your body the proper building blocks to do so (and stop giving it junk). There are also plenty of supplements which can give you energy and aid in muscle recovery and repair, but remember, they are supplements, which means they only work in conjunction with a good, consistently followed exercise regimen and a proper diet.
    • Incorporate complex carbs and protein into your diet. Focus on lean protein like egg whites and low fat yogurt, and whole grain carbs like oatmeal and whole-wheat toast. Avoid sugary, white processed foods; they interfere with your glucose levels and immune system.[1]
    • Eat small meals throughout the day. This gives your body a steady supply of fuel to build muscle. Eating in "spurts" (2-3 large meals per day) should be avoided because it hinders muscle growth during the stretches between meals.[1] You should eat 5 to 6 small meals a day.
  5. Look for products that pair creatine with carbs, as this combination increases the rate at which the creatine is absorbed by your muscles. Consuming creatine with a glass of juice will have the same effect.[5]
    • Drink sports drinks during your workout. Look for drinks that contain carbs and protein. This combination reduces muscle damage and hastens recovery.[5]
    • Get a carb-loaded drink or snack (1.5g of carbs for each 2.2 lbs that you weigh) within 30 minutes of your workout to stimulate an enzyme that helps the body produce glycogen.[3]
    • Have a whey protein drink within 30 minutes of your workout to help your body repair and rebuild lean muscle tissue.[5]
  6. Change your routine every four to six weeks. As your body adapts to stress, you'll hit a plateau where the benefits of weight training will begin to diminish. The only way to prevent this from happening is to change things up, such as by increasing weight and changing exercises.[6]
  7. Focus more on the lowering part of the lift. So many people are so concerned with trying to get the weight where they want it to go, that they seem to completely forget why they’re actually lifting: To get bigger muscles!! The more you use momentum to help you get the weight up, the less muscle you are using. Furthermore, lifting heavier weights with bad form is not nearly as good as lifting lighter weights, the weights you should be using, with proper form. Also, the eccentric (lowering) portion of the exercise is actually more important than the concentric (contracting) portion. For example, the eccentric movement in benching is when the weight is being lowered and in lat pull downs it is when the bar is moving up. It is during the lowering part that your muscle fibers actually rip, thereby allowing them to be healed and grow even more. When you lift you want to make sure that you can feel the targeted muscle(s) burning; if you can’t, then you might need to adjust your form a bit. Common examples of this are abdominal exercises. Many people tend to bend their waist instead of their midsection and end up working their hip flexors more than their abs.[7]
  8. Get an Electronic Muscle Stimulator (EMS). It helps train muscles to perform at peak performance by engaging muscle fibers. Be sure to consult your doctor first and do not use if you have heart problems.
  9. Kettlebell workouts are intense and also activate multiple muscle groups.


This video describes the principles of lifting weights to build muscle, with focus on classic free weight lifts like bench press, upright rows, bicep curls and more.


  • While doing cardio will help burn fat so your emerging musculature is more evident, doing it for more than 90 minutes will favor a lean physique, rather than bulk.[1] Most bodybuilders greatly limit their cardio while they're "bulking" (building muscle), then add more cardio when they're "cutting" (shedding fat).
  • Remember that your ability to build muscle can be limited by genetics and sex.[2] Some people are genetically predisposed to build muscle easily. Other people may need to experiment with different eating habits and training routines to find what works for them.
  • Get enough sleep. Sleep is a critical element of rest. Avoid caffeine and alcohol for deeper sleep.
  • Eating correctly costs a lot of money. If you have a limited budget, spend your money on your needed weekly food before spending it on supplements. Creatine works for many people but is a waste if you are not eating enough of the proper food to build muscle.
  • To continue building more and more muscle, increase the difficulty of your exercise routine.
  • Train to complete failure. This means you should do as many repetitions as physically possible on each set. This will ensure the most muscle tearing, and allow them to grow back bigger.
  • Choose a weight that will allow you to do about 8-12 reps per set.
  • Always take off or reduce your intensity/volume by at least 50% every 5 weeks to avoid over training, and to keep making gains.


  • Many people you will encounter in a gym have misguided ideas about physiology and proper athletic programming. There's a lot of "gym mythology" floating around. Take others' suggestions with a grain of salt, and always ask for sources (like the ones provided below).
  • Know your limit for exercise. Trying to be macho and doing too much can hurt you.
  • Don't be intimidated or make assumptions when you see someone using a different amount of weight than you. They may be on a program in which they are doing fewer reps with more weight, or vice versa.
  • Intensity is key. However, doing 1 rep of the most weight you can manage is not going to do much, if anything. You should work at a weight in which you can do 5 reps, but it must be physically exerting.
  • A good muscle building and strength training program is called 5x5. Used by Reg Park, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Glenn Pendlay and many more. A free information source for this program is StrongLifts. You only need to have access to the equipment, no magic potions or books are on sale and so this is not a scam.

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  4. See Dr. Hatfield's work in Hardcore Bodybuilding for more information.
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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Be Happy with yourself! You Look Good!

How to Enjoy Being Above Average Weight

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Are you fat and feeling guilty? Do you love food but eat secretly? Are there reasons for your piggishness? This short guide is designed to help you enjoy being yourself. With 25% of UK adults clinically obese,fat is the new thin! Why not shed the guilt, luxuriate in your obsession, double up the portions and spit in the face of what was current acceptability?
Of course it would generally be considered unethical to advocate gluttony as some kind of life choice - it is after all, one of the Seven Deadly Sins. But perhaps there are times in an individual's life when total excess, whether in terms of food, drink, sex, drugs or indeed any other kind of over the top activity, may be satisfying or calming or therapeutic in some way. Wikipedia defines Hedonism as, 'A school of thought which argues that pleasure is the only intrinsic good...a hedonist strives to maximize this net pleasure (pleasure minus pain).' So the hedonistic food-lover would certainly over eat until the detrimental effects impacted to such an extent that some restraint is self imposed.
But how can we overcome those entrenched tremors of guilt that our upbringing dictates we should feel every time we pig out? Obviously, we do need to lose these feelings of guilt because such feelings are not conducive to enjoyment. Or perhaps not? Maybe for you,the challenge of successfully hiding your gluttony is a challenge you enjoy? Why not look over my personal tips below?


  1. Don't feel guilty. Feeling guilty is not healthy, so perhaps you can rationalise your gluttony by thinking about its root cause. Is it a reaction to something which happened many years ago? Is it attention-seeking? is it because you have little self respect - if so, why? Did a relationship break down? Did you suffer ill health or an injury? Knowing why you love eating three times more than the average person, should free up the guilt and allow you to really savour those piggy moments.
  2. Prepare good food. You may have cravings to gorge until the stretch marks strain around your sagging girth, but what you eat is the sum of who you are. Try to avoid the usual bad things and eat better quality food when possible. Of course, there are numerous lapses. But taking the time to gather ingredients and prepare a nutritious meal does add a sense of achievement to the eating process.
  3. Plan to make some improvement in the future. This may just take the form of saying to yourself that there will come a time when you will feel better able to start exercising more. When you have the right state of mind, you will be able to walk, swim, cycle or do whatever activity you prefer. But it is some time in the future, and you will know when that time has arrived. Meanwhile, enjoy yourself!
  4. Weigh yourself less. Think about the heaviest you have ever been - then add 10%. That number, in kilograms is your expectation every time you get on the scales. If you actually weigh less, pat yourself on the back. Defeating a high weight expectation leads to a happier soul.
  5. Buy clothes which are larger than you need. My wife mistakenly bought a suit for me which was 2 sizes too big. It gathered dust and for years I thought how big it was. How could anyone be so pig-like to allow themselves to get that big? Then I literally fulfilled my destiny. I put on weight and now it fits perfectly. I feel happy about that! If by any unimaginable phenomenon you fail to big up and wear the outsize clothes you buy, then just marvel, with a smug smile, your amazing restraint. Pat yourself on the back.
  6. Think temporary! Nobody desires to be fleshy and wobbly, or suffer ill health through gluttony and bad eating habits. But we know inside the whale-like shell we inhabit there is a nice person, often misunderstood, who has a plan - a master plan for improvement! The state is temporary, a work in progress.
  7. Accept that, just like alcoholism, gluttony is with you for life. What may change is how you handle the journey. If you are at this stage in your life, accept it, relax about it, enjoy it when you can. It is part of you.


  • Please take medical advice before implementing any suggestions

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Tuesday, September 27, 2011

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How to Cut Down on Junk Food

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Junk food may taste delicious, amazing, but have you actually thought of what it it doing to your insides? If you desperately need to cut down, but you just can't do it, read on.


  1. Eat more fruit and vegetables. The more plants you fill up on, the less hungry you will be.
  2. Get busy. Keeping busy keeps your mind off food.
  3. Taking a multivitamin will help cut down on cravings.
  4. Avoid burger joints, even if it means taking a different route home.
  5. Cut down on the fizzy drinks too. Drink more water. It's important to keep hydrated.
  6. Take note of the times when you slipped up or have given in to a craving; this may help you to understand why you gave in, and help you to avoid doing it again.
  7. Write down what you have eaten; if it was healthy, it will make you feel good about yourself.
  8. Fill the refrigerator with only healthy food and snacks. Have lots of fruit and vegetables at hand to nibble on.
  9. Do cut right down on sweets and cakes. Don't deny yourself completely but decide when and where you will allow yourself a small treat of some sweets or a cake.
  10. Make a list of all the junk food you plan to cut right down on, and begin to cut them out one at a time. This will stop you from feeling hard done by and sorry for yourself.


  • It's a really good idea to keep all food away from the television because when you sit down to watch television, this is when you will want to get some food and subconsciously eat more than you planned.
  • In order to avoid becoming obsessed with junk food you could perhaps treat yourself occasionally - say once a month.
  • Have someone hide (or eat) all your junk food so you won't be tempted to eat it.
  • Watch "Supersize me" - it might help!


  • If you ignore your gut warning and continue to eat junk food, you will put on weight. It is easier to keep the weight off than it is to work at losing it.
  • If you're near food it will temp you, stay away!

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Monday, September 26, 2011

Are Herbal Supplements the way to go?

How to Use Herbal Supplements Safely

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Herbal supplements are a type of dietary supplement that contains herbs. A plant or part of a plant used for its flavor, scent, or potential therapeutic properties. Includes flowers, leaves, bark, fruit, seeds, stems, and roots., either singly or in mixtures. An herb (also called a botanical) is a plant or plant part used for its scent, flavor, and/or therapeutic properties.
Many herbs have a long history of use and of claimed health benefits. However, some herbs have caused health problems for users. This article contains points you should consider for your safety if you use, or are thinking about using, herbs for health purposes. It does not discuss whether herbs work for specific diseases and conditions.


  1. Understand that "natural" doesn't necessarily mean safe. It's important to know that just because an herbal supplement is labeled "natural" does not mean it is safe or without any harmful effects. For example, the herbs kava and comfrey have been linked to serious liver damage.
  2. Be aware that herbal supplements are drugs. This means that they can cause medical problems if not used correctly or if taken in large amounts. In some cases, people have experienced negative effects even though they followed the instructions on a supplement label.
  3. Be very cautious if you are pregnant or nursing. Women who are pregnant or nursing should be especially cautious about using herbal supplements, since these products can act like drugs. This caution also applies to treating children with herbal supplements.
  4. Get proper advice. It is important to consult your health care provider before using an herbal supplement, especially if you are taking any medications (whether prescription or over-the-counter). Some herbal supplements are known to interact with medications in ways that cause health problems. Even if your provider does not know about a particular supplement, he can access the latest medical guidance on its uses, risks, and interactions.
  5. Follow your health professional's instructions. If you use herbal supplements, it is best to do so under the guidance of a medical professional who has been properly trained in herbal medicine. This is especially important for herbs that are part of a whole medical system, such as traditional Chinese medicine or Ayurvedic medicine.
  6. Note any different regulation issues. In the United States, for example, herbal and other dietary supplements are regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as foods. This means that they do not have to meet the same standards as drugs and over-the-counter medications for proof of safety, effectiveness, and what the FDA calls Good Manufacturing Practices.
  7. Keep informed of studies. The active ingredient(s) in many herbs and herbal supplements are not known. There may be dozens, even hundreds, of such compounds in an herbal supplement. Scientists are currently working to identify these ingredients and analyze products, using sophisticated technology. Identifying the active ingredients in herbs and understanding how herbs affect the body are important research areas for such government bodies as the US National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM).
  8. Be cautious of the contents. Published analyses of herbal supplements have found differences between what's listed on the label and what's in the bottle. This means that you may be taking less - or more - of the supplement than what the label indicates. Also, the word "standardized" on a product label is no guarantee of higher product quality; for instance, in the United States, there is no legal definition of "standardized" (or "certified" or "verified") for supplements. Some herbal supplements have been found to be contaminated with metals, unlabeled prescription drugs, microorganisms, or other substances.
  9. Treat miraculous claims on websites with care. There has been an increase in the number of websites that sell and promote herbal supplements on the Internet. The US Federal Government has taken legal action against a number of company sites because they have been shown to contain incorrect statements and to be deceptive to consumers; this has also happened in other jurisdictions, such as Australia. It is important to know how to evaluate the claims that are made for supplements.


  • About dietary supplements. Dietary supplements were defined in a law passed by Congress in 1994. A dietary supplement must meet all of the following conditions:
    • It is a product (other than tobacco) intended to supplement the diet, which contains one or more of the following: vitamins; minerals; herbs or other botanicals; amino acids; or any combination of the above ingredients.
    • It is intended to be taken in tablet, capsule, powder, soft gel, gelcap, or liquid form.
    • It is not represented for use as a conventional food or as a sole item of a meal or the diet.
    • It is labeled as being a dietary supplement.

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Sunday, September 25, 2011

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Friday, September 23, 2011

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Thursday, September 22, 2011

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