The weight gain plan has four major factors contributing to its effectiveness. To gain weight fast, you need to emphasize all four.
Alone, great diets or great weight training routines may produce some results but the big muscle gains come when you put them together.
Find someone working hard to achieve their weight gain goals but failing to make progress and you will usually find someone failing to incorporate all four of these factors into their plan.
All the blame for their failure is placed on the one aspect of their program they have wrongly concluded will be the dominating determinate for their success. And, consequently, all their time and energy goes to that one factor at the expense of the others.
For example, those that identify their weight training as the reason they will or will not achieve their goals will constantly tinker with their weight lifting routines. Those wooed by the supplement marketing and convinced that bodybuilding supplements are magical will add more supplements to their plan.
All the while they do their tinkering, the true reason their weight gain plan is not producing is because they are failing to eat properly, or not training intensely, or not resting adequately, etc.
If you learn nothing else, if you know nothing else with complete certainty, know this:
To gain weight and build muscle fast, you must incorporate a solid approach to ALL FOUR of all these factors.
These factors work off of each other, each one making the others stronger. This synergy is the key to muscle building.
The “Big Four” Factors
First, you must adopt a weight gain diet that increases your caloric intake and provides your body with the nutrients that will allow it to grow. If the body does not have the raw materials it needs to build muscle – the protein, carbs and fat – no amount of weight training is going to make you grow.
Go to the Weight Gain Diet page to learn how to build a diet that will put and keep your body in an anabolic state.
Second, while bodybuilding supplements won’t be the cause of your weight gain plan’s success, they can add to your ability to successfully provide your body with what it needs. Certain supplements like creatine and ZMA can contribute to even bigger gains.
The key to using bodybuilding supplements effectively is avoiding the ones that are all hype and instead spending your money wisely on the ones that do work. Supplements should be thought of as optional, an aid to your weight gain plan, not a crutch.
Go to the Bodybuilding Supplements Page to learn about the bodybuilding supplements that can help you achieve your build muscle and gain weight fast goals.
Third, you must weight train with schedules, methods and routines that are conducive to mass gains. There are a lot of components involved in the design of weight training routines that produce big muscle growth, from the weight lifting exercises you choose to the weight training tempo you lift with, and making sure your weight training programs are strong in each area will maximize your muscle gains.
Go to the Weight Training Programs Page to learn about how to design effective muscle building weight training programs.
Fourth, you must monitor your progress and track the methods used. A good tracking program will enable you to see the results your weight gain plan is producing and show you exactly how and what got you to those results. From this information you will be able to make the necessary adjustments that will help you continue to gain weight fast until your goals are met.
To learn how to set up a good tracking program go to the Bodybuilding Tracking Program Page.
The “big four” as described above are the biggest factors to fast weight gain and the successful weight gain plan but they are far from the only factors.
Continue on to part 2 of this article, Weight Gain Plan (Pt. 2): Four Mindset Factors for Success, to learn about how to prevent your mind from getting in the way of your muscle building.