A lot of beginner muscle building guys and girls come up to me to ask me questions about how I transformed my own body and how they can do the same. While the answer is never cut and dry like most people want it to be, it is easier then you think. I usually lay out a simple plan for them to follow or else they’ll end up making some big time muscle building mistakes.
The first thing that I tell beginner muscle building people is that they need to learn to eat food. Most people focus so much on the gym that they miss out on the true anabolic benefits of eating food. I mean, food really is the only thing that is going to make you grow today or tomorrow or any day of the week. With that being said, people need to understand that they have to eat the right kinds of foods. Focus on quality protein from whey, casein, chicken, beef and fish as well as good cars from brown rice, whole grain, oatmeals and yams.
The next step is to actually train hard. I suggest that you train for no more then four days per week when you start. When I say train, I mean train hard. Focus on compound movements like the bench press, squats, deadlifts and other compound movement to stimulate the most natural hormones and move on from there. Train in the four to five set range with eight to fifteen reps.
Rest is another important factor that really gets ignored. I mean think about it. You can’t train hard all day then fail to rest at night. Get six to eight quality hours of sleep in per night or else your body won’t have the downtime that it needs in order to recover and grow. You see the importance of rest is that when you sleep your body is preparing itself to grow when it pushes out powerful growth hormone. So don’t make the mistake that so many people do and eat crappy food before bed. Eat good quality food and your beginner muscle building program will be a success.
Finally, don’t get caught up on all the supplements that are on the market. Just eat a lot of quality food like I mentioned above and you’ll be fine. Eat six meals a day spread out from six to eight hours apart and you’ll never miss the chances to grow.