Body Building Techniques – Hit It Hard….Hit It Infrequently!

by Harvey Bond
(Manly Beach, Sydney, Australia)

Whenever many of us first are going to the gym, we feel as if we need to be in there everyday and we go by the motto, no pain, no gain!

Although I would agree that it is necessary for us to feel a certain amount of pain whenever we are trying to put on muscle naturally, it is not really necessary for us to feel that pain on a daily basis.

That is why I think that the motto should be changed to hit it hard, hit it infrequently. Here is why I say that that is the case.

If you hit the gym hard, you are going to be working your muscles to the point of complete failure. It is not necessary for you to do 20 different exercises for a single muscle group, as a matter of fact that it is counterproductive. You need to do one exercise per muscle group, perhaps even doing a multi-joint exercise so that you are hitting multiple muscles at the same time.

Do one set of anywhere from eight to 12 repetitions and do it till the point where you absolutely cannot budge the weight any longer. If you go over 12 repetitions, you are lifting too light.

The next thing that you need to do is to hit the gym infrequently. You are not going to gain muscle if you continue to tear it down on a daily basis. Muscle growth occurs in-between the times that you’re at the gym whenever it has the opportunity to repair itself and to get ready for the next round of abuse that you’re going to put it through.

This is the time whenever you experience putting on muscle, and believe it or not, it is the most important part of the process whenever it is considered as a whole.

Those are the two reasons why it is important for you to make sure that you are lifting properly. Lifting the wrong way can slow your muscle growth down or give you results that will be inadequate, at best.

By pushing yourself to the limit while you’re at the gym and then giving your body the opportunity to rest, you will notice muscle gains like never before. Give it a try for a month, you would be surprised with the results that you see.

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Updated: October 28, 2012 — 1:22 pm

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