Working out to build muscle and lose weight is not something that you should rush. I fully realize that everyone wants to reach their goals in the shortest amount of time possible, but the simple reality is that there are no shortcuts when it comes to building muscle. It takes a lot of work and a lot of effort. I want that reality to be firmly entrenched within your mind before we continue this discussion any further. Now that I have made it clear that hard work is required to get this done I am going to explain to you how to build that muscle in the shortest amount of time possible.
There are certainly no shortcuts to building yourself an incredible body. However, there definitely are exercise routines that are more efficient than others. It is one of these highly efficient workout plans that you want to tether yourself to. The primary thing that you want to look for in any workout routine that you choose is that it incorporates the concept of muscle confusion into its regimen in some way. It is through muscle confusion that you will be able to build muscle at a lightning fast pace. The idea behind muscle confusion is that as we do the same type of “work” over and over again our bodies get accustomed to it and are able to adjust in such a way as to make that type of “work” easier. Our ability to make exercises easier the more we do it ultimately degrades that workout’s effectiveness.
So how do we stop this exercise routine degradation? By always changing our routines of course!
Ideally you should not be doing the exact same set of exercises for more than 1 – 2 weeks at a time before you change them up. You know the old saying that “variety is the spice of life?” Well that saying holds true for working out as well. I realize that you may find it difficult to sit down and figure out a new muscle building routine every couple of weeks, but in actuality you do not have to.
To get maximum effect from the muscle confusion concept all you really need is to draft out 4 separate exercise routines and cycle through them. So long as you give your body a good break from a specific exercise set you will always be able to go back to it without risking that degradation I mentioned earlier. Now when you are actually doing your exercises you will want to workout until you reach the point of muscle failure. Basically that is the point where you cannot do one more rep of any given exercise. You will also want to integrate cardio right into your strength training program rather than having it completely separate. This saves a lot of time and will make committing to an exercise plan much easier.