There are a plethora of different workout routines to build muscle.
And as I have said before, they also vary depending on the type of muscle you are looking to achieve. You should be very skeptical of a fitness trainer that there is only one approach.
The key to success of any workout routine to build muscle is that you must stay motivated and train regularly. Like a train conductor, your schedule must be taken seriously and done consistently
Lets talk about workout routine motivation.
Weight training lifting is a great way to build muscle. However to gain muscle mass and to promote fat weight loss you need to maintain a constant effort with your workout routines. Rock hard muscle comes not only from the proper weight training exercises but from the proper program focused on time spent.
We all have those big event that we want to lose weight for, or just look great with a slender body of lean muscle mass. You know the events, they are things like weddings, a high school reunion, or maybe you are just about to go on vacation and want that fantastic beach body look.
These events are catalysts to motivation, but once they past we tend to slip into our old unhealthy habits until the next event pops up and we struggle to get back into shape and fit into that bikini you bought for the beach trip.
This is the problem with external factors of motivation. They pass by and you loose your motivation.
W -O -R -K -O -U -T... WORKOUT! ... GOOOOOOOO WORKOUT! External motivational factors only last until the event passes.
So this means that motivation must become an internal standard to which you hold yourself. It must become a part of you- your thoughts, your craving, your friends, a lifestyle. You must eat, sleep and breath proper nutrition, exercise to build muscle mass, and surround yourself with like minded people.
As this becomes your lifestyle, it wont be about having to motivate yourself every day, but it just will be what you do. Ingrained into your behavior. This makes it much easier to build muscle and maintain a constant workout routine.
Workout Routine Obstacles
One of the major impediments for us to stay fit is that we tend to make ourselves a victim. What I mean is, there always seems to be something that gets in our way of staying on top of our workout routine.
- “Work is too demanding and I am too exhausted to workout at the end of the day.”
- “I have to run errands today so maybe I can get to the gym tomorrow”
- “The kids need time with me today so I don’t have time to do my workout routine.”
- “I need to get fast food because I don’t have time for a real meal.”
And the list goes on and on. Have you said anything like the above to yourself? Then you are playing the victim and you need to stop! You are in the place you are now because of your thought process. To change your body, you must change your mindset.
We must learn to jump over the hurdles that life puts in front of us. So run around, jump over or blast through your workout routine obstacles!
Build your thinking muscle and get your mind right.
If you don’t have the right mindset, then you will surely fail. If you think about weight training and other exercises as a task that you have to perform, it is such a pain in the rear, or I’d rather be watching Oprah and eating Bon Bons on the couch- then you may force yourself to lose weight or to build muscle for a short time but over the long haul you are doomed to slip back into to your current state (or worse).
If you really want to have rock hard muscle, you need to have the mindset of a lean muscle building machine! Here are some simple steps to help you alter your mindset:
The more automated you make your routine, the easier it will be to do it consistently.
So, workout at the same time every day. This regularity helps subconsciously prepare you for your efforts. Pretty soon you will start to crave the exercise at that time of day.
Get your crap together! Pack your gym bag the night before. Have a checklist and check it twice. Be sure you have your music player charged, workout outfit clean and ready, water bottle waiting to be used, and what ever else you may need. This allows you to just pick up and go when the time arrives- no thought.
This goes for your food intake as well. The more pre-planned you have your diet, the less likely you will be to slip and go out to a burger joint for those extra large salty, greasy fries… definetly not made your way!
Workout Routine to Build Muscle
I bet your saying,
“What the hell I thought this was going to be about workout routines!?”
Well, it is! It is about your daily routine of mindset. Get your mind right and your body will follow. Yes, Yes, I will get into specific workout routines to build muscle that talk about muscle building exercises and losing fat. But first I needed to talk about the simple steps you must first take in order to have real long term changes.