How To Gain Muscle

Want to know the secret to unlimited muscle growth? The secret is this: there is no secret. Eat enough, train for progression, and do it consistently. Perhaps that’s a bit of an oversimplification, don’t you think? The truth is, though, the mechanisms by which we build muscle are quite simple. There are three main factors that dictate muscle growth, and if you act in accordance to the three principles, you’re guaranteed to grow, despite “good” or “bad” genetics. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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  1. First, we must be in a net positive energy balance to ensure we’re providing our body the necessary nutrients for growth. This simply means that we should be consuming more calories than we’re burning (with the caveat that we’re getting enough protein – 0.8-1g/ pound will suffice).⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
  2. Progressive tension overload: When we introduce a stress to our muscle, our body is forced to adapt by building new muscle in the hopes that it will handle the same stress again in the future. If we fail to increase that stress, however, our body will find no need to repair and grow. It’s really that cut and dry. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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  3. Consistency: If you’re “eating enough” five days out of seven, you’re not eating enough. That one or two days of skipping meals, missing calories, or eating intuitively, could determine whether you make any progress that week. Similarly, missing training days will reduce the amount of work you’ll have done in a given timeframe.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

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