Build More Muscle by Resting More Often

Building More Muscle by Resting

Building More Muscle by Resting

Believe it or not, muscle building is an art, which requires personality traits you would never think about when considering the typical a muscle builder. It takes patience, discipline, form, rest and timing. Muscle building requires many capabilities, but brute strength isn’t one of them.

I Pick Things Up, I Put Them Down

Muscle building is hardly about the Hollywood movie version of working out. Loud, sweaty grunting, protein packed diets and forcing the workout until your muscles are close to collapse are not the best ways to get buff. Trying to force a Rocky I – III montage into a single workout won’t get you great results. It’s not about using your muscles as much as about using your noodle.

Bear in mind, muscle building is not easy, and never will be, no matter how many supplements or machines you have available to you. Research proves that muscle building is most effective when paced carefully with periods of recuperation and rest after high intensity strength training.

Rest More, Workout Less, Stay Healthier

In fact, if the average body builder spent less time at the gym, he or she would achieve the exact same muscle growth. Yet the amateurs continue to slave away, thinking that simply pumping and dumping will do the trick. As with many things in life, quantity isn’t the answer.

Those who wish to build muscle fast should not volume train at all. The only thing that volume training adds is a higher likelihood of injury. Overindulging in muscle training without allowing your muscles and body to recover adds no size or strength. Instead, it adds the possibility of sickness and injury, since this type of training weakens muscles and the immune system. Muscles, no matter how strong they are or how often you work them, always take from two days to a week before they can recover from high intensity strength-building workouts.

Muscle Building Technique

To build muscle, technique is more important than the amount of weight in the lift. Proper technique maximizes the use of the muscle and isolates it without causing injury. Using compound muscles not meant for a certain position and overindulging in weights lessens isolation and increases the risk of injury. The body simply cannot bend in certain ways when carrying large weight loads.

Lifting Tips for Optimal Work Outs

Push your muscles beyond their comfort zone. That doesn’t mean pushing them until they don’t work anymore.

Add weights progressively as each weight becomes more comfortable. Continue to stress your muscles without injuring them.

Proper nutrition is essential for muscle growth. Because muscles repair and grow over a few days following your workout, good nutrition is important every day, not just before and after training. There’s no need to load up on extra protein either. Eat balanced meals so that the other processes in your body do not suffer. Muscle strength is nothing without cardiovascular health, bone density, and immune health.

A little extra protein helps, but you only need a healthy diet that includes a few servings every day. A mall protein boost immediately before your workout also helps, such as a yogurt or glass of milk.

Want to Build Fast? Think “Slow”

Overall, to build muscle fast, think about slow progression. The pros don’t worry about getting it done in one day. They go with their body’s needs, not against them, and gradually but surely increase the challenges they give their muscles. Use your head. After all the strongest part of your body is not a muscle at all. It’s your brain.


I generally allow muscle groups to rest for three days, depending on how they feel. What works best for you?