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February 18, 2018

Build Muscle and Burn Fat

Build Muscle and Burn Fat - Intense Weight Lifting

Most people workout because they want to look better. One of the biggest misconceptions about getting ripped and cut muscles is that you should do low weight and high reps. While this does work, there is a much better way build muscle and burn fat.

Many people believe that the best way to get those defined muscles is to do a lot of reps with a small amount of weight. This way will work, but it will also cause you to lose some muscle. The reason for this is that your body will realize that it does not need all of this muscle, so it will start to use some of the protein in your muscles for other purposes in your body. This will actually cause your muscles to shrink.

The best way to build muscle and burn fat at the same time is to do low reps with high weight and throw in some cardio. You should take every set to failure. What is failure, you may ask? Failure is exactly what it sounds like. Your muscles fail to be able to lift the weight anymore. For example, if you are doing 3 sets of 10, you should do as much weight as you can in order to get 10 reps and no more in the first set.
Build Muscle and Burn Fat
If you can get 11, move up in weight. This will force your body to keep all the muscle that it has and to even build more. This may sound like the total opposite of everything you've read, but it works and will actually help you build muscle and burn fat at the same time. Doing cardio will cause you to burn off fat, which is the reason that those muscles are hidden in the first place. Combining intense weight lifting with high intensity cardio will cause you to build muscle and burn fat at the same time, and to get those ripped muscles you've been trying so hard for.

This is definitely the best way to build muscle and burn fat at the same time. There are many other factors that can help you to get an amazing body even quicker. There are too many of them to talk about in this article. If your goal is to build muscle and burn fat at the same time, you should check out my page http://www.howtogetripped.us/.

February 12, 2018

Foods For Muscle Weight Gain

The Top Ten Low-Budget, Muscle-Building Foods For Muscle Weight Gain


If you have been trying to gain muscle for any length of time, you have probably figured out that training is only half of the equation. For quality muscle weight gain, you must take in more calories than you burn, with a significant portion of them coming from protein. This large food intake can be a huge drain on your wallet, especially when you already have monthly gym dues on your list of bodybuilding expenses. Here are ten, nutrient-dense, muscle-building foods that will help you get the protein and calories you need for muscle weight gain without breaking the bank.

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1. Eggs 
With 5-6 grams of both protein and fat in each little egg, and with prices as low as a dollar per dozen in some grocery stores, this is a muscle weight gain food that cannot be beat. If you're in serious need of calories to grow, you would do well to eat the whole egg. The yolk contains healthy mono- and polyunsaturated fats, half of the egg's protein, and several essential amino acids and vitamins that you will not find in the white.

2. Ground Beef (and a tip to make it leaner) 
It's not as pretty as a nice steak, but ground beef certainly gets the job done when it comes to building muscle on the cheap. It has 6-7 grams of protein per raw ounce, fat content that varies depending on the leanness, and a price that is sometimes lower than two dollars per pound.

For those worried about the saturated fat content, here is a trick to make fatty beef much leaner. Brown the meat and dump it into a colander in the sink. You can eliminate some of the grease in this first step by pouring it out elsewhere. After you have done this, turn on the faucet and run water over the beef for a few minutes. Toss and turn the beef within the colander while the water runs over it to cause the fat to strain out. Finally, if you want to eliminate a little bit more fat, lay out paper towels on your counter and pour the beef onto them. The towels will soak up what little grease is left from the straining process, giving you much leaner beef than what you started with.



3. Whole Milk 
Dairy products often get a bad rap in muscle-building discussions, but whole milk has long been a standby weight-gaining food for bodybuilders focused purely on muscle weight gain. It has 8-9 grams each of protein and fat per cup, and the price is usually around three dollars per gallon (16 cups). This is an especially good food for skinny guys that have trouble bulking up.

4. Peanut Butter 
With 6 grams of protein and 16 grams of monounsaturated fats per 2-tablespoon serving, peanut butter is one of the cheapest, easiest, and tastiest ways to up your caloric intake. You can eat it by itself, add it to a protein shake, or even put it in your oatmeal.

5. Potatoes 
When aiming for muscle weight gain on a budget, you will do well to ignore the low-carb dieting fad and at least consume a significant amount of carbs at breakfast and around training time. One of the best, cheapest foods for this purpose is potatoes. One medium-sized red potato has 25-30 grams of carbs.

6. Oats 
Oats are another excellent source of quality carbohydrates. One cup contains nearly 50 grams of carbs and 6 grams of fiber. In addition to their low cost, they are extremely versatile and convenient. Unlike potatoes, rice, or other good bodybuilding carbs, you can easily take dry, ready-to-eat oats with you anywhere you go.



7. Whey Protein 
While you should not focus your budget on supplements, whey protein is one of the best investments you can make in your physique. Most whey powders have about 25 grams of protein per serving, and with prices as low as five dollars per pound (15 servings), they provide the cheapest cost per gram of protein around. Nearly everyone who is serious about muscle weight gain keeps protein powder in their nutritional arsenal.

8. Bananas 
Potatoes and Oats can more than cover your carbohydrate needs, but bananas provide a cheap, tasty variation. A single banana provides around 30 grams of carbs, and prices are almost always well under a dollar per pound. You can also combine a banana with a whey protein shake after a workout for a quickly digesting blend of carbs and protein.

9. Olive Oil 
Though it is more expensive than other oils, olive oil is still a very cheap source of extremely nutritious mono- and polyunsaturated fats. You can cook your eggs, meat, and potatoes in olive oil, and skinny guys can even add it to a shake to easily up their caloric intake.

10. Tuna 
Last but certainly not least on this list of muscle-building foods is canned tuna. Even with rising food costs, a can of tuna still costs well under a dollar and provides 25 grams of very lean protein. You can also buy tuna packed in oil to get twice as many calories for no extra cost!

A Word on Supplements 
If you are trying for muscle weight gain on a tight budget, you should make food, not supplements, your priority. No amount of quality supplementation will help you build muscle if your diet isn't even in order. The one exception to this rule is whey protein, which is essentially just a powdered food product.

If you concentrate on these cheap, effective, muscle-building foods, you should be on the right track to gaining heaps of muscle. Don't let your financial situation get in the way of your bodybuilding success!


March 31, 2017

Gain Weight and Muscle

A 4-Day Strength Training Routine That Will Help You Gain Weight and Muscle


With the popularity of full body weight lifting routines for beginners and body part split plans for more advanced bodybuilders, the time-tested upper body / lower body regimen often gets neglected as a method to gain weight and muscle. This is unfortunate because lifters of all backgrounds and experience levels have long used this kind of routine to add massive amounts of strength and muscle mass. Here is one variation of this effective plan that will help you gain weight and muscle.

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Like many good training plans, this one focuses on gaining strength in the squat, bench press, deadlift, overhead press, and a few other compound movements. Each day has a primary lift followed by several of the most important auxiliary lifts. Go through this rotation once per week on a Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday schedule. If these days do not work well, just make sure you do not have more than two days of training in a row, and that you have an off day between Bench Press and Deadlift days.

Lower Body 1 - Squat 
  • Squat - Use a strong, medium-width stance. 
  • Dumbbell Split Squat - place one foot on a bench behind you, and squat down with the other leg while holding dumbbells to your sides. 
  • Weighted Sit-ups - Keep the weight behind your head. 
  • Calves - Pick one calf exercise, and stick with it for this day.

-Tip- Gain weight and muscle with the squat: The best way to squat for building muscle is the method that allows you to use the most weight (while still getting a good range of motion). At the start of the movement, push your hips BACK, and THEN sit down into the hole. Keep your lower and upper back tight, and explode back to the standing position once you get low enough.

Upper Body 1 - Bench Press 
  • Bench Press - Use your strongest medium or wide grip, an arch in your back, and a full range of motion. 
  • Seated Dumbbell Overhead Press - Use a moderate weight and a range of motion from your ears to lockout. 
  • Decline EZ bar extensions - Use only a moderate decline. Lower the weight over your eyes while keeping your elbows in. 
  • Pullups - Pick one variation, and stick with it for this day. 
  • Chest-Supported Row - To keep your lower back out of the movement, use any apparatus that lets you row with your chest against a pad. 
  • Curls - Pick one variation, and stick with it for this day.

Lower Body 2 - Deadlift 
  • Deadlift - Use a narrow stance and an over-under grip. Do not use straps for your heaviest set. 
  • Leg Press - Place your feet as high and wide as possible without hurting your hips. 
  • Calves - Pick a different calf exercise from the first lower body day. 
  • Standing Cable Abs - Using a rope attachment, brace your back against the cable attachment and crunch away.

-Tip- Gain weight and muscle with the deadlift: The best way to deadlift the most weight is to do a somewhat similar motion to the squat. Get into position so that your shoulders are over the bar, and your shins are close. Keeping your back tight, pull the weight BACK and UP, and drive your hips FORWARD.

Upper Body 2 - Military Press 
  • Military Press - Use a medium stance and minimal hip or leg drive. Make sure your shoulders are doing most of the work. 
  • Dips - Use a medium grip that taxes your chest and triceps. Dip at least low enough so that your upper arms are parallel to the floor. 
  • Cable Pressdowns - Use a bar attachment and a slight swaying motion to help. Add weight to the stack if necessary. 
  • Barbell Row - Use a medium-width grip and straps for your heavy sets. Use a little bit of cheating in the motion to help you lift more weight. 
  • Pullups - Pick a different variation from your first upper body day. 
  • Curls - Pick a different variation from your first upper body day.

Sets and Reps - Minimal Volume, Maximal Intensity 
If you follow what the biggest guys in the gym are doing, you will notice that they often focus on performing a few, very hard sets of a few heavy exercises. To best gain weight and muscle, you will perform two main sets per exercise. After doing whatever warm-ups you need to get your body ready for heavy weights, do one set of 4-6 reps and one set of 10-12 reps (in that order). The first set will be your main "strength-builder," while the following, somewhat lighter set will further tax your muscles and stimulate growth. For some exercises, such as dumbbell overhead press, sit-ups, and extensions, you will need to up the rep ranges a bit for joint safety and consistent progression.

Making Progress - Increasing Your Weight and Reps 
No matter what the bodybuilding "gurus" continue to write about drop sets, super sets, or whatever fancy techniques are in vogue, the only way to make long term progress and gains huge amounts of muscle mass is to get much stronger on all of your key exercises. You should strive to add more weight and / or more reps for every exercise, every training session. Keep a log of your exercises, weights, sets, and reps, so you always know what you must do to surpass your previous records.

Eating for Massive Gains 
No matter how hard you push yourself in the gym, you will not gain weight and muscle mass if your diet is not up to par. Make sure you are putting your body in a caloric surplus all day, and that 30-40 percent of your calories of coming from sources of complete protein such as beef, poultry, fish, eggs, and dairy. You will need to work just as hard in the kitchen as in the gym.

Sticking with the Plan for the Long Haul 
Whether you are just starting out lifting weights, or you are changing your current program, stick with this plan for several months before even thinking about switching things up. Following the teachings of so-called "experts" and switching up your workout routine every few weeks to "keep your body guessing" will leave you with no progress and a lot of wasted time and energy. As long as you are eating enough to gain 3-4 pounds per month, you will almost certainly be gaining strength on your lifts and adding some serious muscle mass.



February 03, 2017

Increase Your Bench Press and Gain Slabs of Muscle Mass!


Bench Press
Of all the lifts one can do in a gym, be they presses, pulls, squats, or deadlifts, the bench press is by far the most popular. Coaches, trainees, bodybuilders, and competitive lifters have long used this movement as a "bench"mark of upper body strength and power. A big bench not only translates to big pecs, shoulders, and triceps, but also to immense pushing power for a number of sports and activities. If you have been lifting weights or playing sports for any length of time, you have undoubtedly been asked, "What do you bench?" If you have taken the time to search for this information, you are probably not satisfied with your own answer. Never fear, though, because anyone who is willing to train intensely and consistently can increase their bench press, pack on muscle, and make great gains in overall body strength.

To make these gains and increase your bench press, you must follow a well-planned routine that includes technique work, training your entire body, and picking the right foods to maximize your results. Here a few basic elements to any successful bench press plan.

Using Technique to Maximize Your Leverages and Gain Strength:


The number one mistake trainees make when trying to increase their bench press is using improper technique. Technique is more important than the number of sets, reps, or percentage of max you are using, and you must work on perfecting and tweaking it every time you bench press. The two major elements of bench technique are setup and form.

A good setup is the start of any successful set on the bench press. There are many details and nuances to this step, and many people find it even more technically challenging than the press itself. A good setup not only gets the lifter in a powerful position to press the bar, but sets him up in such a way that his unique body leverages are maximized and range of motion minimized. In any lift, less range of motion means more weight lifted. Trainers often talk about the supposed benefits of exaggerated ranges of motion, but in big, compound lifts like the bench press, more weight means more muscle stimulation. A few key elements to good setup are a tight, powerful arch in the back, strong foot placement, proper hand spacing, and leg drive.

Once setup has been taken care of, you must think about your form, the way in which you lower and press the bar. The eccentric phase, or lowering phase of the lift comes before the concentric phase, or pressing phase, and is often the most difficult for people to master. As any experienced lifter will tell you, you will finish a lift the way you start it. In other words, the way in which you lower the weight will dramatically affect the way you press it back up. People are different with regards to their ideal form, but everyone must work on bar path, chest placement, and speed.

Planning Your Training Efficiently for Optimal Muscle Stimulation, Recovery and Growth:


After technique, the biggest mistake trainees trying to increase their bench press make is to train the bench without a solid plan. At any given time in a gym, there is at least one guy trying to lift far more than he can handle while a spotter does half the work and screams, "It's all you!" What's worse is that these guys usually follow this ineffective, ego-stroking routine for months or years and never make significant progress. Albert Einstein said that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. This sure applies to bench pressing.

A well-planned bench press program includes varied parameters of sets, reps, and max percentage, contains built-in progression in both weight and reps, and allows for enough rest to recover from session to session. There are many ways to accomplish these goals, but a few things that most advanced trainees have found to be effective over the years are short, intense workouts, a variety of exercises, and a mixture of low, moderate, and high repetitions.

Training Your Whole Body to Maximize Muscle Mass and Bench Press Power:


Many trainees focus only on the bench press, or only on their upper bodies. Not only will this lead to muscle imbalances, possible injury, and looking very silly, it will actually HURT overall bench press progress. Though the chest, shoulders, and triceps are the primary muscles contracting during the exercise, the bench press is a TOTAL BODY movement. If you want to increase your bench press, you MUST train your entire body. Training your entire body will build far more muscle mass than will solely focusing on the bench or upper body, and it will increase strength in muscle groups such as your legs and back. These muscles are essential for stability and power for the bench press. Even powerlifters that specialize in the bench press still train their legs!

Taking the Right Supplements and Eating the Correct Foods for the Best Gains Possible:


The last, but DEFINITELY not least piece of the bench press puzzle is proper supplementation and nutrition. Most people find it nearly impossible to make large increases in their bench press without increasing their muscular body weight. Ask any top bodybuilder or powerlifter, and they will probably tell you that gaining weight had a profound and positive effect on their bench press strength. To pack on the slabs of muscle necessary for a big bench, supplementation and nutrition are key.

Contrary to popular belief, lifting weights does not build muscle! Intense training breaks down muscle and provides the initial STIMULUS for growth. You MUST eat the right foods in the right amounts for this stimulus to produce new muscle tissue. You need to properly plan the amounts of protein, carbs, and fat you eat to minimize body fat gain while maximizing muscle gain. There are a variety of methods and schools of thought on the best ways to do this, but the things that most successful lifters have in common are a focus on protein and a large caloric intake. There are a also a few key supplements that can assist in getting all of these nutrients in the proper amounts.



January 31, 2017

Muscle Weight Gain

The Top Ten Low-Budget, Muscle-Building Foods For Muscle Weight Gain


muscle building foods
If you have been trying to gain muscle for any length of time, you have probably figured out that training is only half of the equation. For quality muscle weight gain, you must take in more calories than you burn, with a significant portion of them coming from protein. This large food intake can be a huge drain on your wallet, especially when you already have monthly gym dues on your list of bodybuilding expenses. Here are ten, nutrient-dense, muscle-building foods that will help you get the protein and calories you need for muscle weight gain without breaking the bank.

1. Eggs 
With 5-6 grams of both protein and fat in each little egg, and with prices as low as a dollar per dozen in some grocery stores, this is a muscle weight gain food that cannot be beat. If you're in serious need of calories to grow, you would do well to eat the whole egg. The yolk contains healthy mono- and polyunsaturated fats, half of the egg's protein, and several essential amino acids and vitamins that you will not find in the white.

2. Ground Beef (and a tip to make it leaner) 
It's not as pretty as a nice steak, but ground beef certainly gets the job done when it comes to building muscle on the cheap. It has 6-7 grams of protein per raw ounce, fat content that varies depending on the leanness, and a price that is sometimes lower than two dollars per pound.

For those worried about the saturated fat content, here is a trick to make fatty beef much leaner. Brown the meat and dump it into a colander in the sink. You can eliminate some of the grease in this first step by pouring it out elsewhere. After you have done this, turn on the faucet and run water over the beef for a few minutes. Toss and turn the beef within the colander while the water runs over it to cause the fat to strain out. Finally, if you want to eliminate a little bit more fat, lay out paper towels on your counter and pour the beef onto them. The towels will soak up what little grease is left from the straining process, giving you much leaner beef than what you started with.

3. Whole Milk 
Dairy products often get a bad rap in muscle-building discussions, but whole milk has long been a standby weight-gaining food for bodybuilders focused purely on muscle weight gain. It has 8-9 grams each of protein and fat per cup, and the price is usually around three dollars per gallon (16 cups). This is an especially good food for skinny guys that have trouble bulking up.

4. Peanut Butter 
With 6 grams of protein and 16 grams of monounsaturated fats per 2-tablespoon serving, peanut butter is one of the cheapest, easiest, and tastiest ways to up your caloric intake. You can eat it by itself, add it to a protein shake, or even put it in your oatmeal.

5. Potatoes 
When aiming for muscle weight gain on a budget, you will do well to ignore the low-carb dieting fad and at least consume a significant amount of carbs at breakfast and around training time. One of the best, cheapest foods for this purpose is potatoes. One medium-sized red potato has 25-30 grams of carbs.

6. Oats 
Oats are another excellent source of quality carbohydrates. One cup contains nearly 50 grams of carbs and 6 grams of fiber. In addition to their low cost, they are extremely versatile and convenient. Unlike potatoes, rice, or other good bodybuilding carbs, you can easily take dry, ready-to-eat oats with you anywhere you go.

7. Whey Protein 
While you should not focus your budget on supplements, whey protein is one of the best investments you can make in your physique. Most whey powders have about 25 grams of protein per serving, and with prices as low as five dollars per pound (15 servings), they provide the cheapest cost per gram of protein around. Nearly everyone who is serious about muscle weight gain keeps protein powder in their nutritional arsenal.

8. Bananas 
Potatoes and Oats can more than cover your carbohydrate needs, but bananas provide a cheap, tasty variation. A single banana provides around 30 grams of carbs, and prices are almost always well under a dollar per pound. You can also combine a banana with a whey protein shake after a workout for a quickly digesting blend of carbs and protein.

9. Olive Oil 
Though it is more expensive than other oils, olive oil is still a very cheap source of extremely nutritious mono- and polyunsaturated fats. You can cook your eggs, meat, and potatoes in olive oil, and skinny guys can even add it to a shake to easily up their caloric intake.

10. Tuna 
Last but certainly not least on this list of muscle-building foods is canned tuna. Even with rising food costs, a can of tuna still costs well under a dollar and provides 25 grams of very lean protein. You can also buy tuna packed in oil to get twice as many calories for no extra cost!

A Word on Supplements 
If you are trying for muscle weight gain on a tight budget, you should make food, not supplements, your priority. No amount of quality supplementation will help you build muscle if your diet isn't even in order. The one exception to this rule is whey protein, which is essentially just a powdered food product.

If you concentrate on these cheap, effective, muscle-building foods, you should be on the right track to gaining heaps of muscle. Don't let your financial situation get in the way of your bodybuilding success!



November 21, 2016

Learn How to Burn Fat, Gain Muscle and Develop an Athletic Body


There is no getting around the fact that diet and workout strategies are extremely important if you're going to get a have a body like a Hollywood A lister that will be envied and admired by both men and women alike. This article will really emphasize the training portion of a solid fitness model body workout routine, with tips on how to properly structure your workouts so your body will be able to both burn fat and gain muscle within the same routine.

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Workout Basics: Why the High Rep/Light Weight Strategy Won't Help You Reach Your Goals

Many of us have been convinced that higher reps with lighter weights is what helps us obtain more muscle, nothing could be further from the truth. Unfortunately, it can appear that your muscles are getting bigger when in fact they really aren't. What happens is that the muscles will appear to be more toned in the gym when they are fully pumped, but afterward when the pump is gone, the tightness in the muscles disappears as well. You have to lift heavy weights to effectively maintain the great tone and ripped definition of your huge muscles.

Workout Basics: The Real Secret to Gaining Long-Term Muscle Tone is Lifting Heavy Weights

By the overloading the muscles, we accelerate the density, and therefore the quality, of muscle definition and improve our nervous system at the same time. You won't gain a lot of muscle while you are working to lose fat, however, you can make your muscles look more toned and defined if you use a workout approach that is more strength-minded. You should aim to lift approximately 5 sets or more of 3-5 reps with the heavier weights. Another great tip is to mix in what are known as "super sets", reps of exercises that work your opposing muscle groups, like the back and the chest. If you learn to go heavier on opposing muscle groups without reaching fatigue, you will also find that the added intensity in your workout will cause you to burn more fat when you exercise than before. My workouts take a heck of a lot less time this way. Turbulence Training for Fat Loss program by Craig Ballantyne outlines this kind of system. This program is an excellent choice for anyone that wants to burn fat and gain muscle.

High Intensity Interval Training is highly recommended for people that want a the most effective cardio workout.

If you want to burn fat as well as retain and build muscle at the same time, it is important to incorporate some high intensity intervals into your workout strategy, because cardio is the real key to success. No more agonizingly slow and repetitious cardio routines; you will be able to burn more fat in less time with this strategy of high intensity interval training. If you have never done interval training before, the best way to describe it is that you would do a period of really intense exercise and follow it by a period of easier exercise, then repeat the cycle for anywhere between 20-30 minutes. There are a lot of options on how to accomplish this, but the best way to do it effectively is by using either a treadmill or a stationary bike. If you do interval training directly after the weight lifting portion of your workout, you will see better results.

For an example of the benefits of High Intensity Interval Training or HIIT you should look at the workout routine of a sprinter. Anyone can get an amazing ripped-looking body with a low percentage of body fat and strong, toned muscles just by following a HIIT workout program.

A program with powerful cardio and even an elementary strength training regimen will help you burn fat gain muscle, develop strength and increase your power. An athlete's body is yours when you workout like an athlete.