I’m laughing a little bit here and you’ll see why soon…
We have heard for years about how the body can only gain so much muscle in a month, year, etc.
I remember Mike Mentzer in a seminar talked about how slow muscle growth is, he used Danny Padilla as an example, he said that when Danny started working out he was only 120 pounds and 10 years later he won the Mr. Universe at 165 pounds and 5’2″ tall. He then said that adds up to only 4.5 pounds of muscle a year.
And that is where he made a mistake, by making an average out of it.
Muscle is not gained on a slow and steady basis.
It is gained in fits and spurts of fast growth, followed by periods of almost no gains.
Danny like most of us gained quite a bit of muscle when he first started training, then the gains slowed down to a crawl and he made some change in his training, nutrition, etc. and hit another growth spurt.
Another example of fast spurts of muscle growth is Arnold Schwarzenegger, when he first started working out at 15 he gained fast, he started at 6 foot tall and 150 pounds, when he went into the army at 18 he was 200 pounds. After he won a bodybuilding contest, command decided it was good for morale to have a champion in their ranks, so they let him eat and train as much as he wanted and he gained another 25 pounds – more then he had gained in any of his previous years of training.
The truth is by the time Arnold was 19 or 20 he was already about as big as he would ever get, after that he mostly refined and polished his body.
My point here is don’t try to get big slow, it’s won’t happen if you do.
Try to get big as fast as possible and you will get big.
An analogy is getting wealthy, you can’t do it slowly, inflation, the economy, taxes, etc. will all work against you and eat up any wealth you are trying to amass. You have to build wealth fast enough to get way ahead of all these factors.
It’s the same with gaining muscle you have to get big fast enough to get ahead of any illness, injuries, work and family stress, etc. that will impede your progress.
So how do you get big fast?
1) First you have to change your mind and decide that is really is possible.
2) You have to set a firm goal and write it down, such as “I will gain ______ in the next ______.”
3) You need to change what you are now doing, because if you are not currently gaining fast, then you will just be doing the same thing and expecting different results.
4) You will need to align all factors such as training, nutrition, rest, sleep, supplements, etc. towards your goal.
5) You have to be consistent, if you miss workouts, meals or only get a few hours sleep one night you will be sabotaging yourself.
Now go get big fast and leave the idea of slow muscle gain to the pencil necks.
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This article by Paul Becker was published with his permission. Paul, a bodybuilder and fitness expert, is the owner and operator of TrulyHuge.com. Click the link to his website for more muscle building information.