Tired of looking in the mirror and not seeing the superman that you want to be? Do you crave to have the Hollywood hunk abs and biceps? Most of us do, but the entire process of getting muscles is simply strenuous. Hollywood actors have all the time in the world to bulk up and have an army of trainers and experts to help them, and this could cost an arm and a leg. But even with those aspects gaining muscle is not going to happen if there is no determination.
For one thing, it's undeniably extremely hard to gain muscles; there is no doubt about it. You have to invest a lot of time and patience. You must have full commitment to meet your goal. But aside from just going under a rigorous training program, there are certainly numerous aspects one must consider. All of these aspects together can help make a program effective and let you achieve your goal at the fastest time possible.
Here are the three essential steps in those aspects which can greatly determine the success a person will have in gaining muscles.
A) Have the proper diet – A lot of people misconstrue the word "diet." A lot of them think that diet equates to starving one's self. A diet means that a person, depending on his goal, has the proper and correct food intake. If you are thinking of gaining muscle and weight, then eating more calories than what you would be expecting to burn when you have an extensive workout would be necessary to fuel the growth of muscles. You will need to have a balanced intake of protein, soy and fats. A nutritionist or dietician will be able to help you know what is good for you.
B) Develop a strength training program – Muscles are built when they are regularly pushed to the limit. Perpetual couch potatoes don't build muscles, they grow guts. You must develop a strength training program which would make you lift weights that you won't be able to easily lift. This should go on until you progress to heavier weights. Your muscle will react to the heavy lifting and will grow to compensate for the needed strength to lift the heavy weights. As you move on to heavier weights, the muscle will continually grow for strength compensation.
C) Have sufficient rest – Contrary to popular belief, your muscles don't grow while your lifting weights, they grow when they are resting. As you work out, your muscles are strained and flexed to their limit, especially if you lift the proper weights. When you go to sleep, the damage done to the muscles will be repaired and this is when they grow. 8 hours of sleep daily is the minimum requirement for proper muscle growth.
Some people add supplements and medications which can also help in growth promotion of muscles. There are now many of them available in the market, make sure though that they are legal and safe for you.
So there it is the three basic essentials one would need to follow in gaining muscle. Commit to these basics and you will see that all your efforts will not go to waste. Now get off that couch and start pumping iron.