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Building muscle and staying in shape go hand in hand when it comes to fitness. There are common misconceptions like: just purely lifting weights will enhance your muscles in a faster way - that can really hamper your success rate.
Throughout my earlier years in fitness training, I thought the more I worked out, the larger I would get and the faster I would grow. I would constantly do chest and arms, very confused as to why I wouldn’t see the gains of many other lifters in the gym.
I finally broke down and decided to teach myself by actually asking several other people around me. As time went on I learned from them how to build muscle properly and was shocked at the simplicity and variety of methodologies you need to apply to get the best results for muscle building. I have highlighted a few areas below that, I believe, made all the difference in my workout:
Remember, if you don’t exercise your muscle can’t grow, and it’s how much rest and recovery you applied to that body part after it has been worked that will give you the dramatic results that have been eluding you.
[Ed. - For a further perspective, including the idea of the 'minimum effective dose' of strength training, check out Tim Ferriss' new book The 4-Hour Body ]
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