Though most are keen to build muscle and improve their strength, few know exactly what this entails. Many are under the impression that loading up on protein and pumping weights is all there is to it. More experienced individuals, however, will tell you that it, in fact, involves a carefully regimented process, one that needs to be monitored regularly and amended as and when required. If you have absolutely no knowledge on the subject, it is highly advisable that you seek out an expert to help you. There is a careful balance between working out and nutrition that you need to maintain, information that can be out of your scope. To begin with, here are a few mistakes people typically make that you should watch out for.
Relying Too Heavily On Supplements
Though some are advised to take supplements, this should be in moderation. Some people unfortunately go overboard with them, which is not healthy at all. Depending on each person’s body type and individual dietary requirements, you may be given some glutamine powder to consume as per instructions, but you should not take it lightly and take some extra anyway. Remember that the routine laid out for you has been done so by taking every aspect into consideration. Interfering with this is dangerous. Supplements are necessary but do not take them for granted.
Whilst diligence is good and in fact to be admired, when it comes to working out especially for muscle mass, many run the risk of overdoing things. In their impatience to see results, they tend to train far too hard, too much and too often which should not be the case. Remember, everything in moderation. You gain nothing by overdoing it, except maybe fatigue and exhaustion. Eventually, your body will force you to stop so why let it go there? You need to maintain a healthy balance. Your muscles if not, will be in trauma and may even damage for good. Additionally, you are also at higher risk of injury as your muscles have not had enough time to recover. Take off days and do not feel guilty about it either.
Setting Unrealistic Expectations
There is nothing wrong with dreaming big and aiming high, but there is such a thing as being unrealistic too. If you have not led a very active lifestyle for most of your life, then you cannot really hope to build the body you want within a month. All routines require some time to take effect, at least three months on average. Those who do work out and are body-conscious overall, may be able to achieve their goals faster, but if you are not one of these people then think more realistically. As frustrating as it can be waiting around for results, remember that good things take time. By setting unrealistic expectations, you are also setting yourself up for serious risks by overdoing it, as mentioned above.
The Wrong Workout Changes
You must have heard that in order to keep your body guessing, you need to keep your workout routine fresh and new. Trouble is, some do not do this the right way. For instance, instead of increasing the amount of weights gradually or increasing the number of reps per exercise, they completely switch over to another exercise. This is not correct, because for starters, when it comes to building muscle mass, some exercises are core. They cannot be replaced. For another, if you keep altering your routine, you will not end up with the results you want, as some parts of your body will be developed and others not. So make sure that no matter what, you modify your training process properly.