Finding the best way to gain muscle mass can be challenging for some. If you’re like me, your first day in the gym you got on a machine and started haphazardly moving stuff around. Not only will this not get you muscular, you’ll probably injure yourself. Whether your goal is strength or aesthetically-driven, I hope you find this article informative.
Hands down, the best way to gain muscle mass quickly is to use free weights. There are no exceptions. Regardless of age, gender, or fitness level, free weights are the way to go. They are more difficult to do because you have to unrack, move, and rack the weight while keeping it balanced yourself, recruiting more muscle fibers than a machine. Free weights also garner more of a response from the central nervous system than a machine, and you have a better sense of how your body and the weight moves through space as a result of consistent lifting.
The best way to gain muscle mass fast requires heavy lifting with low repetitions, along with lots and lots of eating. You need to eat like a horse. You need until your stomach is full, and then eat some more. If you want to get big fast, plan to eat 6-7 large meals a day. I would also recommend supplementing protein if you do not feel you are getting your 1 gram per pound of bodyweight. If you do an all-out bulk like this, expect some fat gains. If you eat clean, you will have nothing to worry about, as fat gains will be kept to a minimum. Make sure you’re giving it your all in the gym, however. Train to much and neglect your eating, and you will end up tired and your growth will stall. Eat too much and don’t train enough and you will end up gaining fat, not muscle. This is a double edged sword.
While free weights are the best way to gain muscle mass, there are some free weight exercises that rise above the rest. Namely, the squat, deadlift, press, clean, and their variations. If you want to get big, you would do well to incorporate these in your workout. Especially the squat and deadlift. The squat is called the “king of exercises,” and elicits full body stimulus and growth like no other exercise. If you want to get big, squat. I can’t stress that enough. Not only will the squat develop thick, powerful legs, but it strengthens hips, the core, the lower back, and almost every major muscle group to some extent.
It is a little more difficult to find the best way to gain muscle mass without also gaining fat. To minimize fat gains, I recommend cardiovascular exercise on your off days, allowing a couple days to rest. For example, you would train Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, and hop on the bike or go for a run on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and Saturdays. On top of this, your diet must be fine-tuned, with almost no junk food. Muscle gain requires a caloric surplus, and to ensure this surplus does not turn into fat, you must be disciplined.
The best way to gain muscle mass and lose fat concurrently is more difficult still. Normally, these two goals are antagonistic; muscle gain requires a caloric surplus while fat loss requires a caloric deficit. I would only recommend this to you if you are young or have just started training, as you grow exponentially in these phases, or if you are very experienced and know what it takes to accomplish this. This is not to say it is not out of the question, because there are numerous cases of people gaining muscle and losing fat at the same time, it just takes a lot of work. Your training must be top notch, your diet must be top notch and your mindset must be top notch.
While it may seem difficult, the best way to gain muscle mass isn’t that hard to figure out for yourself. You must use free weights, eat right and get enough sleep (at least 8 hours). When working out, track your progress by keeping logs of your food intake, the amount you lifted, and take pictures every week. Then evaluate your gains. If you were stronger than you were last week, chances are that you are doing something right. Try to replicate what you ate, how you trained and how much you slept to keep your progress going. The same goes for fat loss. If you lost weight but you still lifted the same amount you did last week, odds are you lost some fat. Make sure you drink plenty of water. I would recommend a gallon a day. Most people cringe at the thought of the amount of times you would have to go to the bathroom drinking a gallon of water, but once your body gets used to it, you don’t go to the bathroom a whole lot.
Finding out the best way to gain muscle mass can be difficult. I hope this article has shown you the importance of weight training with free weights as opposed to machines. Machines can never stack up to free weights. I also hope I’ve given you a little insight to proper nutrition for muscle growth.