Gains, gains, gains!

Most guys spend their entire life going to gyms, following a diet, performing endless reps and sets, and NEVER gain more than a few pounds of muscle. Yes, you may become very healthy, but if you are like me, you also want to see results. Many men start to think "maybe my genes just aren't made for size." Let's change that mindset.

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Rule #1: To gain the weight and mass that you would like you have to eat and lift big. It may seem obvious but the first rul is that you have to eat more calories than you burn. If you are struggling to gain weight, it's usually that you just simply aren't eating enough. Make sure to take in the right amount of protein and carbs each day. Carbs are very important when trying to gain weight.

Rule #2: Double or triple your protein intake. A good rule I like to follow is you should take a gram of protein for each pound of your body weight. If there is a type of food you want to eat more of, your top choice should be something full of protein.

Rule #3: Simple - lift heavier weights! There is a time and place for high rep counts but when trying to gain mass, it is NOT the time. Why? Focusing on heavier weights increases your strength and you will slowly start using more weight for more reps. As your total work capacity increases (amount of weight used times the number of reps you perform), you will start to add more mass.

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Rule #4: The most simple and enjoyable of all of the rules. Get a lot of sleep! Getting enough sleep helps your body grow and repair itself. Not getting enough sleep will keep your muscles from growing and you will feel sore longer. When you are getting enough sleep, your growth hormone levels will continue to increase. Your goal should be to prioritize your rest just as much as your meals and workout.

Following these rules and just simply putting in the work needed will help you put on the mass that you desire and get you one step closer to your fitness goals!

Stay strong my fitness friends! - Garrett

If You Fail to Plan, Plan to Fail.

In our everyday lives, our attention and time are always centered on something we are doing. Hopefully that something includes your health and overall well-being. I found an interesting article from men’s fitness that focuses on males and females on the subject of meal preps and the difference between those who succeed and those that fail. Meal prepping is a crucial step for individuals who are serious about weight loss. Like all other things, its definitely a process. You might not get it completely right on the first try but there is always room for improvement!

It only takes a few hours Sunday afternoon to make a quick trip to the grocery store and then to come home and prepare everything for the week. It's so easy and so much better than running out and getting fast food on your lunch break or stopping at McDonalds for breakfast in the morning. If you have everything prepared beforehand, you can have extra time in the morning to get ready for your day. Running late? No problem! Grab it out of the fridge or freezer and be on your way!

How much time do you spend making your meals every day?

"If you fail to plan, plan to fail," suggests new research published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. In the study, 1,319 adults were asked about the amount of time they spent preparing, cooking, and cleaning up after meals. Of the respondents:

16% said that they spent less than 1 hour on food prep

43% said they prepped for 1 to 2 hours

41% said that they prepped for 2 hours a day or more.

Not surprisingly, spending less than 1 hour a day preparing food at home is associated with eating more fast food, while spending more time on meal prep is linked to better dietary habits, like eating more fruits and vegetables. Also, those who worked outside of the home spent less time prepping meals.

So, if you are on a serious weight loss journey, remember to set aside some time to meal prep!

 

Happy prepping! -Lorence