I'm green when it comes to techniques and theories about building muscle and would like to know a couple of things.
Since I am more into losing fat than gaining muscle mass due to the need to eat more calories in order to gain the most mass, which is working against my goals at this time.
My question is, can you still gain muscle while on a low cal diet or is it more like maintaining muscle while loosing fat. And on that note, inorder to gain muscle mass is it a MUST to keep up'ing pounds each workout or can you gain muscle mass while using the same poundage each week?
My current workouts include:
mon chest and 30 mins treadmill
tues 30 mins treadmill
wed bicep and shoulders
thurs 30 mins treadmill
friday tricep and back and 30 mins treadmill
Thanks for your time.
23 y/o, 170 lbs
Do you understand that the second you
look in the mirror and you're happy with
what you see, baby, you just
lost the battle!
Your current workout schedule is crap. "Muscles aren't made of air". If you're in a caloric deficit, you're not going to gain any muscle, or very little at the least, unless you are doing an extremely strict diet like UD2, but that's cycles of high and low cal days. If you want to pack on muscle, you need to be eating above maintenance.
Ideally, you should be trying to increase the weights you lift every week...that is...if you can. You might also want to consider throwing in light days, not just all heavy days. I'd suggest taking a gander at this routine ~> Bill Starr's 5x5
"The only easy day was yesterday."
More muscle mass = faster metabolism = more calories burned = less fat
therefore, life weights, do cardio, and take in less calories then you burn every day. Do some research on this website or somewhere and apply what you learn, keep learning, and work your ass off.
PS. lift you legs, they are the largest muscle group in your body.
Thanks all for your replies...Like I said, I was new at this so if you'd like to up your postinjg counts by replying with no helpful info for a newbie, please also feel free. For all others helping with the fight, and education I am grateful.
I will definately add legs to my workout schedule.
There are no empty posts in here. Each post is directed to get you to learn or better explain yourself in hopes that you'll realize you're missing something. We can tell you but really unless you apply it yourself, you'll never really grasp the concept behind it. I've understood where each post was trying to get you go. While not always the optimal teaching method, each post is trying to get you to learn something for yourself.
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"Those who work the hardest often complain the least." -anonymous
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The title of this site is "Wanna Be Big"...if you are not here to gain muscle then it might not be the best forum.
Either lift weights or do cardio...as a whole the two tend to counter each other. Gaining muscle is a great way to lose fat and I encourage you to go that route.