So you’re the skinny guy in the gym who is under the impression that more is better. Looking around, you think that the biggest guys know best and know all because they’re lifting a lot heavier than you are. You’re keen, you’re hungry and you want results. There are many pitfalls you need to avoid on your journey ahead. Building muscle is not easy, but it is possible. The key is to understand a few do’s and don’ts. Whether you’re a beginner or a hard gainer, you must be very aware of what not to do in order to start making your gains.
A professional is an entirely different level and beyond where you are at. They are literally doing a different sport, almost. Their bodies are able to handle and do so much more than the average guy, so following their plan would just break you. A lot of Pros also lie about what they do. They don’t want other Pros to see how they get into shape, build muscle and look how they do, so they lie. Take everything they say with a grain of salt.
Supplements are great, sure, and yes Ignite Nutrition is a supplement company, BUT we are also a business aimed at educating the audience and being true to you all. Without food, supplements are pretty worthless. The use of supplements is only of value once you have mastered what and when to eat. Likewise, not all supplements are useful for us all. Some will even be pointless. For instance, if you are on a weight loss plan, consuming Load-UP post workout wouldn’t really help because the carbs in it would be damaging to your plan. The key to supplementation is to really understand what you’re taking and what you’re taking them for.
Failing at a lift is GOOD! Yes, I said, good. It’s very important to push yourself; if you never fail, you will never know your limits. Failure is a sign that you’re training hard, and pushing your body out of its comfort zone. In order to grow, you must keep failing because this is how we progress. The body adapts and begins to understand that it needs more muscle to do the task at hand, so it starts growing and becoming stronger to please you and support you.
The problem with comparing yourself to others is that you will never win, never be happy and never feel satisfied. We are all very unique and have different body types, abilities and restraints. The only person you should ever compare yourself to is YOU. Make notes and record where you are today. Then in 2 months, do the same. Take measurements, pictures, and perform strength tests. Only then can you see if what you are doing is working. Compare yourself only to yourself and keep a note of what’s changing and what’s not; that is the only time comparison will be beneficial to you.