How to Gain Muscle Mass (HARDGAINER EDITION)
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Hardgainers often ask the question about how to gain muscle mass the fastest because they struggle to do it no matter how hard they train…or so they think. In this video, I’m going to cover the three biggest mistakes skinny guys and hardgainers make when it comes to building muscle. Each of these three things are easily fixable if you just change your mindset and how you approach your workouts and nutrition.
The first big mistake skinny guys make when it comes to gaining muscle mass is that they confuse effort with good effort. Anybody can show up to the gym and maybe even spend an hour or more training and working out. The problem is, unless that effort is directed to the right muscles in the right way you could be wasting a whole lot of time. Here we illustrate how a curl can be performed either just to get the weights from point a to point b or how it can be done the right way. In the second example, the weight is being controlled by the biceps and the force is being directed at the appropriate muscle.
When you place the tension on the muscle you are actually training to gain muscle mass in, you will be surprised at how much better the muscle growth is. Even more, you might find that you will have to lessen the weights that you use to work out the muscle. That is ok. Your muscles are not aware of pounds but how the pounds you use make them feel. When the effect of the weight you use is taxing enough on the muscles being trained, they respond by growing.
Next big mistake for hardgainers and skinny guys when trying to build muscle is to let their self consciousness guide their exercise choice. For instance, a skinny guy may not want to perform a big lift like the bench press, squats or deadlifts for fear that they may be made fun of because they are not lifting heavy weights when doing them. So instead they stick to isolation exercises that allow them to hide in the corner and not be seen.
This type of attitude is exactly the opposite of what they should be doing to build muscle mass however. In truth, most people are not looking at you and judging you for what you lift. They are focused on their own workouts and realize that they too started out somewhere and made a climb that began with lighter weights as well.
Finally, nutrition is one of the biggest areas that skinny guys mess up when trying to gain muscle mass fast. All calories are not the same when it comes to building quality lean muscle. Filling your body with empty calories (no matter how many you take in) will never produce the same effect of muscle growth as taking in fewer high quality calories will. Start swapping out the garbage calories for more nutrient dense foods and you will be amazed at how much faster you gain muscle.
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