There is no easy way to gain muscle fast and effectively. Besides discipline, it requires loads of hard work, consistency, and sacrifice.
When I first started working out, I was more determined than ever. I desperately wanted to change my body and gain more respect in the world.
While I eventually got my physique to where I wanted it to be, I know I could have gotten there quicker with the correct guidance.
Here is the advice I wish I had when I was first starting out.
3 Best Tips To Gain Muscle Fast And Effectively
If you’re looking for a safe way to gain muscle fast and effectively, keep these three tips in mind:
1. The Most Important Time To Go To The Gym
The most important time to go to the gym is when you feel like it the least.
It is so easy to do things when we are motivated. However, the harsh truth of life is that we cannot rely solely on our motivation because our moods and emotions will fluctuate.
If you talk to any champion athlete, they will laugh at the idea of motivation. Discipline is what creates champions, as the whole idea of discipline ignores our emotions, or how we might feel.
Discipline is doing the thing we know we are supposed to do, when we are supposed to do it, whether we feel like it or not.
Don’t rely on motivation to show up to the gym, rely on your discipline.
Spend Sunday night planning the days of the week you will be in the gym, what time you will get there, and how long you will stay there. From here, make sure to follow the exact schedule you set up for yourself no matter if you feel like it or not.
It is impossible to build your self-discipline muscle at a time that is convenient for you. When you don’t feel like going, remember that this is another opportunity for you.
Every time you don’t feel like working out you have the chance to work on your self-discipline and get stronger. How great is that?
When you rely on your discipline to show up at the gym, you will without a doubt be more consistent, and end up gaining muscle in a shorter period of time.
2. Work Out As You Mean It
You must be working out with a purpose if you expect to gain muscle fast. Do not expect to put in an average effort and get an above-average outcome, that is not the way shit works.
One thing that has helped me to boost my workouts and work harder is to remember things that have made me angry in the past. While I admit that anger is not the best emotion, it can make for a great catalyst for great workouts.
For example, when I was about 14 I was playing spin the bottle with a couple of friends. I will never forget the moment when one girl landed on me and proclaimed to everyone that she couldn’t kiss me because I was “like a brother to her”. She landed on my friend afterward and kissed him instantly.
Now, this was very long ago but it still fires me up in the gym. I remember that I want to be as far away from that little boy as possible and always end up working harder.
If you have had similar experiences in your life, let these moments drift into your head mid-workout to give you that extra boost you might need.
Also, remember that time you spend in the gym is time you will never get back for the rest of your life. You should have the realization that if you are going to be there, you might as well give 100%. If you are giving anything less you shouldn’t have even gone.
Please make the most of your time and waste as little of it as possible.
When I work out, I always make it my goal to have at least one person give me the “this guy is crazy” look. This could be as a result of my shirt looking like I just jumped in a pool or grunting loud during my exercises.
If making the most of my workout makes me crazy, count me in.
Lastly, have an event planned in the future where you will have your shirt off. Think of something like a festival or a trip to the beach.
Having this event in the back of your mind during your workout will help you to push yourself harder. Think about what you want to look like during this event, and then work hard to make it happen.
3. Get A Gym Buddy
Having a gym buddy is good for a couple of reasons.
First of all, having a gym buddy sets up another layer of accountability. When you make plans with your gym buddy to go work out on a particular day, there is an added element of social pressure to show up.
Not only will you look like a bitch to your friend if you bail, but you also may negatively impact their workout without you there.
Next, you can actually push yourself harder when you have someone else to work out with. I know that for me personally, there have been a few instances when I have been bench pressing and end up not going for a final repetition for the fear that I won’t be able to get the weight up.
Having a gym buddy to spot you can give you the peace of mind to go for that last rep, even if you end up failing miserably.
While it might not seem like it, one more repetition per set can compound in ways you never thought possible.
Let’s say you lift weights 6 days of the week, with an average of 5 exercises per workout with 4 sets for each exercise.
If you are able to bang out one more repetition each set, you are looking at an extra 43,800 repetitions per year (4*5*6*365). An extra 43,800 repetitions per year will have noticeable differences in the timeline of your progress and your overall physique.
If you don’t have any friends that would be interested in going to the gym with you, start to make friends in the gym. You would be surprised at how friendly people actually can be.
If you are serious about leveling up your fitness and gaining muscle as fast as possible, make sure to go to the gym when you least feel like it, work out as you mean it, and get a gym buddy.
These three tips have helped me to level up my appearance and physique in ways I never thought were possible.
If you put in the work and stay consistent, you would be amazed at what waits for you on the other side.