Decide where you will train: At a gym or at home? Both options have their advantages and disadvantages. Weight training in a gym allows you access to a wider variety of exercises and the use of a spotter (if you’re lucky) which lets you train to failure (an extremely effective technique to build muscle.) Weight training at home, on the other hand, has the advantage of allowing you a convenient and quick workout (no waiting for equipment) without distractions.
The gym is to a bodybuilder as a studio is to an artist. Essentially, it is a place to create. For some, the best place to create is a busy place. For others, and I count myself among the members of this group, the best place to create is quiet and without distractions.
If you are a person who can create motivation within your own head (with, maybe, a little help from your favorite CD and a poster or two on the wall) the home gym may be the best place for your weight gain program. If instead you are a person who gets easily bored without noise of some sort, if you are motivated by the hot girl on the treadmill rather than distracted, you are probably better off spending your dollars on the monthly dues of a regular gym.
A vital part of achieving success with your weight gain programs is to discover the place where you best create and then put yourself there. It is an important decision, check out the following articles for help getting the most out of your choice…
- Start a pre-program to get your muscles in shape. Mass gain routines are demanding and intense (when performed correctly). You need to start preparing your body now. Go to the bodybuilding routines page for sample pre-program bodybuilding routines.
Successful weight gain programs don’t happen by accident. They are well planned. If you are reading this, my guess is you’re ready to get your program off the ground and running this second. You’re motivated, ready to dust off that weight bench and pump iron for the next four hours.
That’s great, it’s that excitement that is going to pack on the lean muscle mass in the coming weeks.
However, working out to excess and eating an entire cow in the next four hours won’t do you any good. It will leave you puking for hours and your muscles sore for weeks. Most importantly, it will zap your motivation and you’ll forget all about your weight gain program goals.
An essential key to successful weight gain programs is staying motivated. In order to stay motivated you need to see results.
Set a Start Date
With a well-designed weight gain program you will get results fast and, therefore, doubt won’t have a chance to seep into your mind and do its dirty work.
Set a start date for two to three weeks from now.
Any time sooner won’t give you enough time to sufficiently plan your weight gain programs for maximum success. Any time later and you risk losing the excitement.
In the mean time…
Take the Time To Get the Knowledge
Take the time to learn the strategy necessary to approach your weight gain program in a logical manner. This may seem an obvious step but it is often skipped. The trainer who skips this step is setting himself up for some serious frustration that will ultimately lead to failure.
The key to weight and muscle gain is knowledge. Building muscle and gaining weight isn’t rocket science by any means, but it isn’t something you should expect to succeed at without proper preparation, without putting a little thought into it.
Gyms that only have a 2:1 ratio of inactive members to active members are considered to be excellent. The majority of gyms have ratios of 3:1, 5:1 or more.
Why do more than 67% of people quit going to the gym, allowing their costly memberships to go unused? Because they don’t get results. And they don’t get results because they don’t acquire the knowledge necessary to get results.
Ultimately, the accomplishment of your weight gain goals will depend on the knowledge you acquire in support of your ambitions and your application of it.
So, where do you get this knowledge? This knowledge can and should come from many sources. You are on a site that I hope will become a valuable resource to you as you pursue your weight and muscle building goals. There are many other sites and books that can help as well.
While a great many of the programs sold may not justify their expense, there are exceptions. Guys like Vince Delmonte and Sean Nalewanyj have put together excellent programs.
There is nothing wrong with putting your own program together. I built this site to help people develop an intelligent strategy for achieving their muscle building goals. There isn’t a specific program presented on the site but there are specific guides to attacking each of the factors necessary for significant gains.
It has been my experience, however, that most people with fast muscle gain on their minds can greatly benefit from following a detailed and proven program. Programs such as these can come from personal trainers (those who understand mass gain) and they DO come from the top online programs.
Read the reviews of all the top programs on the…
Muscle Building Program Reviews Page.
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What makes for solid weight gain programs?
Essentially, there are the four major factors: Weight gain diets, bodybuilding supplements (optional), weight training programs and tracking programs. Implementing a solid approach to each of these factors will go a long way to assuring your success.
For a discussion of these and other factors important to the accomplishment of your weight gain goals, head to part one of the article: Weight Gain Plan: Factors for Success (Pt. 1)
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Find out how to pick the right program for you based on your goals and your training level.