There are just too many rules; so many guidelines; so many things a lifter needs to remember to be able to help him make consistent progress in the gym. This is especially true for bodybuilders or the guys who are training and struggling to gain muscle – for these guys lifestyle becomes even more important than the lifting itself.
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But I have a great revelation to all those bodybuilders or anyone who wish to get the most muscle gains in the shortest amount of time. I know that you are bombarded with tons and tons of input and lifestyle modification guides, stuff like the best time to eat you protein, the post workout window, carbohydrate cycling, best regimens to use, etc.Follow @AboutLifting
Let me tell you this: there is only one thing you actually need to remember and then you can put everything else to low priority:
And no, this is not some Earth Day Ad – this is not for the environment; this is not for the sake of the rainforests; this is not for the air that we breathe or for some fancy carbon footprints and stuff like that; this is not even for the poor African children nor for your children. This is for something more selfish, yet more interesting than all of those:
THIS IS FOR YOUR MUSCLES!!
Yeah, that’s right! For your muscles baby! By the end of the day, the most important thing that you could do for your muscles is to conserve energy (of course along with consuming enough energy in the first place).
Here’s how the great Grimek conserved his energy 😛
But of course this only applies if you want to gain the most amount of muscle mass in the shortest amount of time. If you are just some Nancy boy lifter who isn’t really serious about hardcore muscle gains, go ahead do any sh¡t that you want and waste your precious energy for all I care.
You see, for serious iron enthusiasts, it is very very important to conserve your energy. First off to make sure that your body would have enough left for muscle repairs after your brief grueling high intensity sessions.
And secondly to send your body the right signal that it is in the right environment to gain muscle. You know that your body hates gaining too much muscle that is why we have these pesky myostatins to put muscle growth at bay. The reason for that is because muscles are one of the most (if not the MOST) energy consuming tissues in our body. Your skeletal muscles are like calorie-voracious tenants in a house and the home owner always wants to kick them out because they always empty the fridge.
That is to better understand why your body wants to limit the amount of muscles that you gain only to the amount that it can at any given moment. And because your body will always strive to be at the lowest energy state, so NOT conserving energy is a surefire way to sabotage your muscle gains.
Anyways I am not telling you that you must limit each and every move that you make to the point that you have no life at all! Below I will describe some simple changes that you can do today to conserve energy for muscle growth:
-Short and intense workouts: Try to do the most amount of work that you can do for the least amount of time. Like what I said in the past post, try to limit your training sessions and do only useful things within that said time frame when you are in the gym and you must do this for the sake of conserving and maximizing your energy and so that you can sooner go into the recuperative phase.
Here are some short and intense workouts – Short and intense sessions challenge the body thus signaling that it needs to “recruit” some neophyte muscle fibers (growth) but it also signals that it is not in an energy restricted environment or crisis that it needs to tone down its recruitment process. Long-winded sessions signal your body such especially if they begin to resemble those of an endurance athlete – that would be a disaster.
-Sleep WHENEVER you have the chance: preferably you must have at least TEN hours of peaceful shuteye in a day. If you’re at work you might also want to spend your break time snoozing or taking a nap instead of going out for a smoke. At home you might want to take those “siestas” or afternoon naps. The Spanish take siestas after eating lunch which is great for a bodybuilder to follow especially if he’s bulking up.Follow @AboutLifting
Those chances when you can get some rest could even be rare and might not present themselves in the future anymore especially if you’re working on something BIG. So better take some sleep when you have the chance.
-Don’t run marathons: marathons would sabotage your testosterone production and not to mention will make your muscles adapt the wrong way. If you are not a bodybuilder or a weight lifter this is perfectly fine so unless you are preparing for a boxing match, steer clear from any type of endurance work.
-Limit partying to a minimum: This is indeed a sacrifice but you must prioritize whether you really want to get drunk every other night or gain muscle? Once a week partying should be enough and consider practicing day game instead if you are studying pick up so would not be required to go to bars at night.
-Be a homeboy: Yep, this sounds boring but the biggest gains I’ve ever experienced was when I was unable to go anywhere else but home and gym. Then at home I would just eat and sleep. So, if you’re really serious (and if possible); plan at least a week or two when you wouldn’t go anywhere but home and gym.
-No videogames: if possible I would like you to avoid video games especially if you tend to get addicted to them. Lest you find yourself losing hours and hours of sleep and mental energy investing in something that is way outside of reality. You might even lose interest in lifting once you get addicted to games. And this is coming from real experience – I easily get addicted to games especially RPGs like GTA, Suikoden, Castlevania, Ragnarok, Pokemon, and many more.
-Don’t get stressed: Your brain consumes more than half of your body’s energy reserves and during mental stress that number goes up BIG TIME. Of all these items in the list THIS item is what will make you conserve the MOST energy if followed.
And off course remember to SMILE since frowning costs more calories that is another great way to save energy. Let me ask you guys: what methods do you use to conserve energy from day to day? Eat your eggs, people!