Why are we so fascinated with building muscle? Maybe it’s because as kids we loved our super heroes. Let’s face it the most popular super heroes we grew up with; Superman, Batman, Hulk…what did they all have in common? Well for a start besides some special super natural powers, they all had big muscles and were stronger than the average human being. So what does this mean?
The inner child in all of us wants to be a super hero that is why we call them super heroes, we want to be like them, we even idolize them.
Obviously we cannot develop super powers and fly like Superman so the closest next best thing is to build muscle and get stronger. That is why I’ve developed a 5 tip guide to becoming a super hero!
The stronger you get the more muscle you will have. This means in the gym you need to focus on constantly getting stronger, that doesn’t mean stack on the weights where you are risking injury and form. It means to do enough weights where you are hitting the 6-8 repetitions but with a sweat and proper technique. Every time you find it easier in hitting that number, add more weight to constantly push yourself and get yourself out of that comfort zone.
2. Free Weights
Yes we’ve all done it and I’m not against it, but you shouldn’t be using fancy machines for your main body parts and exercises like your bench presses, barbell curls, etc. Its good sometimes to use machines to keep the body guessing and make things interesting but I would focus on free weights most of the time.
3. Compound Exercises
Compound exercise are exercises that build muscle and strength. Although isolation exercises are important too, compound exercises are the ones which are going to build the most muscle and strength. Compound exercises include; Bench press, pull-ups, chin ups, squats, dead lifts, dips. By incorporating at least 1 or 2 compound exercises per body part every week you are sure to build muscle and strength fast.