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Most people know that exercising on a regular basis is very important. For those that head to the gym, there are a variety of common fitness goals that they share. One of the most common fitness goals that people share is the goal to build lean muscle mass. When you are looking to build lean muscle, it can be easy to get discouraged by the amount of time that it takes to build muscle. However, those that are able to follow three key tips will be able to build the muscles mass that they want to feel and look stronger.
Focus your diet.
While training and lifting weights is always important for anyone that wants to build muscle mass, nothing will be able to replace a poor diet. Instead, your number one focus should be on your diet plan. The key nutrient that you need to have in your diet is protein. When you are looking to build muscle mass, you will need to isolate protein and focus on getting the right amount. Ideally, you should eat at least one gram of protein for every pound that you weigh.
Beyond eating a lot of protein, you need to focus on eating healthy foods that will give you a lot of energy. For someone to get fit, they will need to have a diet that is focused on lean meats, fiber, vegetables, and other healthy foods. This will help you to feel good and reach your fitness goals faster.
Improve the way you exercise.
Next to your diet, the most important thing that you need to do when you are trying to gain muscle mass is to improve the way that you exercise. Knowing how to exercise is far more important than the amount of time that you spend in a gym. If your goal is to build lean muscle mass, you need to have an exercise plan that reflects that goal and allow you to meet it.
In general, when you are in the gym, you should focus on doing heavy weights of key exercises. While many people like to do high quantities of reps when they are in the gym, a better option would be to lower reps of a higher weight. This will push your body and develop more muscle. Also, you should focus your weight lifting on doing lifts that activate more than one muscle group. For example, squats, deadlifts, lat pull downs, and bench press exercises should be the cornerstone or your exercise program. These will allow you to exercise numerous muscle groups at once, which will provide you with the best return on investment for your time spent in the gym.
The most important thing that you need to do when you are looking to build muscle mass is to find time to rest. The most common mistake that people make is that they end up lifting weights too frequently. While many believe that more frequent lifting will lead to faster muscle growth, this is a common misconception. Instead, you need to give each muscle group at least 48 to 72 hours to rest before you lift it again. This will help to ensure that the muscles are able to break down and begin the process of rebuilding. If you don’t give them the time to rest, it will slow you progress and your muscles will never be able to build to their highest potential.
Ultimately, when you are looking to build lean muscle mass, it is important that you listen to your body. While you will want to exercise and eat well, you need to make sure that you do not overdo it. If you feel light-headed, too hungry, or exhausted it means that you need to take a break. Ultimately, this will result in better outcomes and help you to reach your health goals.