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Sleep and muscle growth

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I´ve seen many guys working so hard in the gym with a lot of volume and frequency but not giving the same attention and importance to sleep. Our body recovers while we sleep so if you want to gain muscle you need to have the right amount and quality of sleep every night.

If our goal is to gain lean muscle mass then we need to prioritize sleep and make sure that it´s good quality.

Even if we have are following the best training and nutrition program sleep is still a most, our body and muscles need to recover after we hit the gym and sleep is a crucial part of recovery. Growth hormone is key to build muscle and it´s released while we sleep, the cycles or phases of sleep impacts the release of this hormone, if we have bad sleep or we wake up growth hormone won´t be at its max which minimizes the results.

I´ve seen many people that want to gain lean muscle mass taking a lot of supplements from protein shakes, weight gainers, multivitamin, fish oils and drugs like steroids (you know by now that I don´t recommend any of this) but they don´t consider stress and sleep. We need to give our muscles the right stimulus for them to grow and then we need to give them the right amount of recovery, the best recovery time is sleep.

If we lack sleep our body won´t use the food we consume throughout the day to get daily functions done and assist in muscle recover and growth. It also affects negatively our performance in the gym, we need to give our all on each workout if we want to grow but a lack of energy and not being recover compromise our workouts and overall results.

Lack of good quality sleep can cause muscle loss and weight gain from fat, an easy way to keep things under control is with sleep. We need to eat more to grow but if our body can´t handle the extra food properly we´ll gain fat instead of muscle.

When we get good quality sleep we feel more energized so our workouts are intense and we are able to stay focused so it´s easier to maintain our eyes on the goal.

If our goal is lean muscle mass with the least amount of fat sleep can help us keep fat low while increasing muscle, it is crucial that we have control and our body works in an efficient way. All hormones, neurons, chemicals, neurotransmitters they all get triggered what we need to do is use them to send the right messages and to work to our favor.

Having good quality sleep can be affected by different things including stress and this can cause that we wake up during night. Your sleep has 3 phases and during those phases our body has several functions and things to do, if we wake up we interrupt those functions. If the internal clock of our body and its functions gets out of rhythm our body won´t recover, repair and reenergize for the next day.

What we eat before we go to bed impacts not only the quality of your sleep, also our recovery. Protein is crucial for muscle repair and muscle growth, when we go to sleep our body turns to a catabolic state so if you have a protein before we go to bed we can increase protein synthesis and maintain our body in an anabolic phase for a longer period of time. The benefits of this is that we are giving our body nutrients to recover and build muscle before we sleep so it can get the job done in a more efficient way.

Fat loss and muscle growth are simple but we need discipline, consistency and work on the 5 principles of fitness. The right training combined with proper nutrition, enough quality sleep, low stress and the right mindset is what´s going to give us the best results.

There are some simple things we can do every day to improve the quality of our sleep and also to change and develop good habits that help us achieve our goals in a simple way and live a better life.

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Pam

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Exercise according to your goals

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Even when all workouts can be simple we need to make sure that each workout we create follows the best training variables and techniques for our current goal.

It´s not the same to exercise for fat loss and muscle growth, or endurance and power or explosiveness. Even when the basics are the same we need to make some changes and adjustments to our programs to best fit our goals.

Our primary goal is to improve body composition so we need to follow a program that help us lose fat and then one that help us gain lean muscle mass but we also want our physique to be useful so we want to improve over performance and include some functional training.

By changing our program according to our goals we also add variety which keeps our workouts fun, challenging and different. If we follow the same workout and routines for a long time we´ll get to a point where it is boring and our body adapts, it literally learns the routine it knows the sequences of exercises and splits which decreases the effectiveness of the program.

We can work on 2 or 3 goals on the same program for example we can create a program that helps us increase our strength and also that helps us gain muscle, we can create a program that helps us increase power and explosiveness. We can create a plan that help us lose fat while increasing endurance or maintaining strength.

If we want to focus on 2 goals at the same time we need to make sure that the goals we choose can work together, one of the best ways to do it is choose a goal to improve our physique and one goal to improve performance, for example we can choose between fat, loss, maintenance or muscle growth (this are the 3 fitness goals to improve physique) and choose between explosiveness, strength, power, speed (this are some examples of fitness goals to improve performance).

There are some goals that work a lot better together like fat loss and strength because strength help us maintain muscle as we lose fat, with maintenance almost all performance goals apply.

The way to make changes and adjustments and to create the best workout program is by considering all training variables and techniques (will talk about each of them on future posts) they are the ones that will make each program look different, we can get a lot done in just 60 minutes but we can use those same 60 minutes in different ways.

Since resistance training is the best type of training we use it as the base of all fitness programs, we can use weight lifting to achieve almost all goals but if this is not your preferred for of exercise you can do what you like most in this case our recommendation will be to focus on exercises or sports that use all muscles of the body.

Every goal has to be treated with the importance it deserves and we need to make sure that the program we follow applies the best techniques to deliver the results we want, otherwise we will be wasting time and this can´t happen. As you´ll see in the next posts we´ll talk about all training variables and techniques and with all the information things can get a little complex in the beginning so if you don´t want to waste time you can follow some of the programs we designed for you based on the information we share with you in this site and we consider the 5 principles of fitness, everything is explained there and all you have to do is get up and work.

You can start today any of the programs and they´re just the beginning of a new life.

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Pam

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The role of genetics

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I´ve heard so many times that someone don´t have good genetics, they don´t have the genetics to get that type physique they want, they don´t have good genetics and that´s why they´re overweight, etc.

This is just an excuse.

Yes, genetics do are an important factor and play an important role on how easy it is for us to gain muscle, to lose weight, to stay lean and type of physique we achieve or how we look physically, if we compare athletes we´ll see that their bodies all look different and yes this is in part because they all train different according to the sport they practice but if we look at bodybuilders we´ll also see some difference and if we hear interviews they´ll talk about how they need to work a muscle group more than other to get an aesthetic physique. One of them may need to work more the shoulders while other may need to work more the arms specially biceps or triceps, other may need to focus more on one specific muscle of the legs.

Genetics can also have an impact on metabolism, hormones, body fat distribution but this is not the only aspect that comes into play when we talk about weight loss and body composition, other factors as our lifestyle and epigenetics (we´ll talk about this is a future post) play an important role too.

Even when genetics play an important role on how hard or easy it is for each of us to get the type of physique we want it doesn´t mean that we can take that as an excuse for not working out and getting in shape which is what happens to many of us. It´s so easy to say “I don´t have the genetics” this way we avoid all the pain and hard work.

It doesn´t matter if we have the genetics or not, if we´re willing to work as hard as possible and we are persistent we will get the results we want. It all depends of each of us, self-discipline and commitment are more important than having good genetics.

Genetics determine how we look physically without doing any physical activity and also how our body responds to exercise, this is the reason why if we follow the same workout program we won´t get the same results, if we follow the Ultimate Fat Loss Program or The Ultimate Muscle Growth program we will all get results but those results will vary, for some of is easier to lose fat than to others so even when we´re all going to lose fat some will lose more than others and some of us may even gain some muscle at the same time while others were just able to maintain muscle mass. With the muscle growth program is the same, we´ll all going to gain muscle but some of us we´ll gain more muscle than others, some of us could even stay leaner while other gain a little more fat.

What we need to do is know our body, this is why we need to try different tools and training techniques and strategies until we find out which ones work better for us and then we create a program based on those strategies that work for us.

Is more important what we do and don´t do every single day than our genetics, our lifestyle is what determines our results, how we feel and how we look, we can all follow a healthy nutrition program, we can all do 45 minutes of exercise each day but we prefer to go out with friends, to binge on Netflix, to stay on bed than to get up and do what we need to do.

We can make a lot of excuses but they will keep where we are right now and if we want other results we need to stop making excuses and get to work.

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Pam

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Is it hard to maintain muscle?

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Have you ever started a workout program to gain muscle and at some point you wonder if it´s possible to lose that muscle? will all that hard work and effort at the gym can be lost? The short answer is it depends of how we gain that muscle.

We actually don´t need to be that concerned about losing muscle mass because we want to develop the habit of working out and lift weights and if we´re training the right way and if our programs are right there´s no need to take time off but I understand that sometimes we got job travels or we want to take some vacations and it may be hard to find a place and time to workout.

We´ve talked before that there are 2 types of hypertrophy and our workout programs can trigger one of them or both, this is what´s going to define if we can maintain the muscle we gain or if we lose it.

In myofribryllar hyertrophy we´re working on 5 to  reps and for sarcoplasmic hypertrophy we work on the 10 to 12 or 15 reps. If we follow a workout program based on 5 to 8 reps we build lean dense muscle, this type of muscle takes more time to build but it also takes more time to lose it, if we follow a program based on the 12 to 15 reps were going to get better results, we will look bigger faster but this type of muscle growth is also lost faster.

The truth is that if we stop working out for months or years we´ll lose muscle, if we don´t use it we lose it. The type of hypertrphy we trigger throughout our workouts and the type of muscle we gain is what makes a difference on how fast would we lose it.

If we focus on strength on the 5 to 8 reps and we train for some years here to get stronger then we build lean dense muscle and it will take more time to lose, we can take a couple of months off the gym and we may not notice a huge difference, this type of muscle is there to last longer and is useful.

If we focus on 12 to 15 reps then we work on the pump, will look bigger but this type of muscle won´t last much, for some just a couple of weeks off the gym is enough to start losing seize, if it comes fast we lose it fast.

This is why the best way to train is to use both types of hypertrophy whether it´s no the same workout or on separate workouts, we can program our workout with cycles and each cycle hit each muscle twice one with low reps around 5 to 8 and the second workout with higher reps around 12 this will help us gain lean dense muscle and also look bigger faster so when we´re on vacation a couple of weeks we can lose some muscle but not all.

Our goal is always to maintain as much muscle mass as possible it doesn´t matter the situation so if we´re going on a trip we may find it hard to train this is why we take time at the gym and put the effort in to build dense muscle that last longer but if we´re able to workout we can´t deny the opportunity, we can use this occasions to work with bodyweight exercises and focus on really high reps, some guys like to do 100 pushups, squats, crunches, this is a great way to vary our workouts and get some exercise in.

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Pam

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What happens when we stop exercising

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Have you wanted to lose weight, you start a weight loss program and some months after you achieve you desired weight so you stop following? what happened after a couple of months?

The moment we stop exercising we lose muscle, we gain fat and we get out of shape and this negative impact can be seen in just a couple weeks.

Maintaining muscle is critical for health and when we workout with resistance training we gain muscle, the type of muscle we gain varies depending of the type of hypertrophy we worked on. When we stop doing resistance training we lose muscle tissue and strength, the muscle cells get smaller and the fat cells get bigger this is why we feel weaker if we want to lift something heavy and we start gaining weight, the more time we go without exercising the more muscle we lose and the more fat we gain.

It takes time to get in shape, to gain muscle and lose fat but if we stop working out it just take a couple of months to start losing all those gains and fitness that we worked so hard to achieve.

Exercise helps our heart to pump blood to our  entire body, it improves the flow of oxygen through our body too, it helps with adequate use and absorption of nutrients, improves strength, coordination, balance; we won´t get all the benefits from both cardio and resistance training which will impact negatively our body and health. We´ll feel tired faster, low in energy, it will takes us more time to do any physical activity, we lose endurance, bone density decreases and lack of exercise also affects our brain, mood and quality of sleep. Exercise has a lot of benefits that get lost the moment we stop working out, it not only leads to obesity but also depression, high blood pressure, lose confidence in ourselves.

This is one of the reasons why we recommend to do some type of physical activity every day, we get benefits right after we finish our workout and we also get a lot more benefits in the long run, for some of us who don´t like to exercise we need to make it a happen and sometimes with just a couple of days of not doing it we can start creating a bad habit of not working out that will lead to skip it for long periods of time and then it will a lot of effort to develop this habit.

The best option is to do some days resistance training, other days cardio and take one day of if you want to or use if for active recovery which means that you may not have a workout but you can go for a walk in the park which is great because you get sunlight exposure or practice a sport you like, you can also go to a mall and walk there for 30 minutes (do not buy ice cream or any other unhealthy snacks, leave those for cheat meals and special occasions) the goal is to get some type of physical activity every day.

 If for some reason you can´t workout because of an injury, travel or vacation try to get back to the gym as fast as possible always making sure that you´re injury free and you´re allowed to start working out again.

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Pam

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Benefits of stretch

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Most of the guys I know that love to lift weights do not take time to stretch, they just warm up and cool down to avoid injuries and don´t consider stretching to be that important but it has some benefits that can improve their performance on the gym and increase their results.

Since we´re living very fast paced times and our daily lives keep us living with chronic stress we all need to find ways to reduce stress to have good quality sleep every night and to be able to deal with stressful situations the best way possible. Stretching is a great tool for this, we spend most of our day sitting and stressed out, if we take some time to stretch and breath through the exercises before going to bed it will help us reduce tensions from our body and muscles and this reduce stress, if we reduce stress before going to bed we also sleep better.

Stretching also helps us increase mobility and improve posture, even when we try to sit straight after long hours in the same position mobility is reduce this why some people recommend that we do some stretching exercises every hour even if you are in your office. If we don´t want to be stretching at the office for any reason we can do 10 to 15 minutes when we get home or right before going to bed.

Stretching also reduce pain in muscles and joints, pain in most cases is caused by bad posture and stress so when we relief the tension from our body by stretching we lower pain which gives us the freedom to move more and do more activities without pain.

For working out stretching also have amazing benefits, first avoiding injuries which is a most, stretching before hitting the weights and if we´re going to work out outside and it´s cold it help us prevent injuries by getting our body and muscles ready for the training session. This also helps to improve performance during our workout by increasing flexibility and mobility.

Another benefit that many people don´t consider is that it improves range of motion. When we are lifting weight, the more damage we do to the muscles the better and with full range of motion we are making more damage to muscle tissue which means more growth. I´ve seen people that don´t do full range of motion and the reason they don´t do it is because they can´t, their range of motion is limited but they don´t want to stretch they prefer 10 to 15 minutes of cardio as a warm up and cool down and even when cardio has a lot of benefits it won´t help you improve flexibility, mobility and range of motion.

What happens when we stretch is that we are lengthening our muscles and connective tissue and this reduces tension. We don´t need to spend 30 minutes stretching and we don´t need to work out to stretch, we can do it in the morning or every night before we go to bed, with 10 minutes you´ll start noticing the difference.

We can add one day to our workout program and focus only on stretching, we can take our rest day and see how our performance in and outside the gym improves. Training is a puzzle and every piece of the puzzle needs to be consider from resistance training, cardio training, recovery and stretching they all work together to help us get in shape, to get the type of physique we want and to help us perform as best as possible in any activity, from the gym, in our home, at work, vacations.

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Pam

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What happens when we stop exercising

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Have you wanted to lose weight, you start a weight loss program and some months after you achieve you desired weight so you stop following? what happened after a couple of months?

The moment we stop exercising we lose muscle, we gain fat and we get out of shape and this negative impact can be seen in just a couple weeks.

Maintaining muscle is critical for health and when we workout with resistance training we gain muscle, the type of muscle we gain varies depending of the type of hypertrophy we worked on. When we stop doing resistance training we lose muscle tissue and strength, the muscle cells get smaller and the fat cells get bigger this is why we feel weaker if we want to lift something heavy and we start gaining weight, the more time we go without exercising the more muscle we lose and the more fat we gain.

It takes time to get in shape, to gain muscle and lose fat but if we stop working out it just take a couple of months to start losing all those gains and fitness that we worked so hard to achieve.

Exercise helps our heart to pump blood to our  entire body, it improves the flow of oxygen through our body too, it helps with adequate use and absorption of nutrients, improves strength, coordination, balance; we won´t get all the benefits from both cardio and resistance training which will impact negatively our body and health. We´ll feel tired faster, low in energy, it will takes us more time to do any physical activity, we lose endurance, bone density decreases and lack of exercise also affects our brain, mood and quality of sleep. Exercise has a lot of benefits that get lost the moment we stop working out, it not only leads to obesity but also depression, high blood pressure, lose confidence in ourselves.

This is one of the reasons why we recommend to do some type of physical activity every day, we get benefits right after we finish our workout and we also get a lot more benefits in the long run, for some of us who don´t like to exercise we need to make it a happen and sometimes with just a couple of days of not doing it we can start creating a bad habit of not working out that will lead to skip it for long periods of time and then it will a lot of effort to develop this habit.

The best option is to do some days resistance training, other days cardio and take one day of if you want to or use if for active recovery which means that you may not have a workout but you can go for a walk in the park which is great because you get sunlight exposure or practice a sport you like, you can also go to a mall and walk there for 30 minutes (do not buy ice cream or any other unhealthy snacks, leave those for cheat meals and special occasions) the goal is to get some type of physical activity every day.

 If for some reason you can´t workout because of an injury, travel or vacation try to get back to the gym as fast as possible always making sure that you´re injury free and you´re allowed to start working out again.

It would mean so much to me if you share this post with your friends and family and if you follow me on Twitter and Facebook, together we can help millions live a better life.

Pam

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Do we need to exercise every day?

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If you hate doing exercise you may be waiting for a no to be the answer and the truth is you don´t need to go to the gym every day. There are two cases in which I recommend going to the gym every day, if you are one of this cases then you may consider scheduling one hour a day to workout.

First if you are beginning your fitness journey and you´re just starting training, the reason why is because to sustain our results and stay lean almost effortless we need to develop the habits necessary and exercising is one of those habits we need to develop. To develop a new habit we need to do the activity we want to develop as a habit over and over and over again, habits are develop through repetition and getting up to exercise is one of the most difficult so we need consistency, if we schedule one hour of our day and we get up and do some exercise every single day whether we feel like doing it or not, don´t think about it just get up and do it, it´ll be easier and faster to make this habit stick.

Second if we want to get results as fast as possible, the more consistent we are, the more effort and hard work we put to our goal the faster we´ll achieve it so if we want to achieve our goal as fast as possible we need to do exercise every day, at least 6 days a week, if we are patient and we don´t mind going slower we can exercise 4 days a week.

The reason why most people hate exercise is the pain and struggle and that most of the time they hate the workouts and routines add to this that  it takes time to see results and those results are not what they were expecting, as they keep losing weight they see that they need to eat less and less and do a lot of exercise to maintain which gets to a point where it´s almost impossible to sustain it.

If the workouts and routines are based on some activities or exercise that we enjoy doing or are fun it´ll be easier for us to do them and the results we get are also important to motivate us and continue with the program.

My goal is to make fitness part of your life and making the training part more enjoyable and fun giving you the best results possible, that you love the way you feel and love the way you look, this is why the programs are different from most fitness programs.

If we exercise everyday we develop the habit faster and get results faster, our progress in the workouts will also be faster. We´ll be doing 3 to 4 days of resistance training to maintain and build muscle and the 3 or 4 days lefts we´ll be doing cardio to help burn fat.

Since we´re working on developing the habit of working out daily there´ll be days when we don´t feel like doing it, get up and do it anyway by not listening to the negative thoughts on our mind and all the reasons why we don´t need to do it today and just shutting up all of them and doing our workout we tell our mind that we are stronger, we are conditioning our mind and body to do what we need to do when we need to do it.

Even when the workouts are hard they are more enjoyable, on resistance training we want to get stronger, getting stronger means more muscle and on our cardio workouts we´re burning some calories to lose fat, they´re simple and effective. We´ll be performing 3 to 4 exercises for each muscle and we do some cardio that we love.

We´re keeping things simple sticking with the basics and taking out all the complicated things that don´t give us much results. The simplicity and effectiveness of the workouts will make it easier for us to stick to the program and to develop the habit o daily exercise.

Exercising everyday has so many benefits for our health which combined with the other 4 principles help us live a more healthier life and achieve so many things, it´s not only about looking good, the goal is to live the life you want to live.

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Pam

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How to improve body composition

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We´ve talked so many times about why our ultimate goal is to improve body composition which means losing body fat and gaining muscle mass to get a lean and toned physique that goes according to our gender, height, etc.

There are 2 ways we can achieve this goal, one is to focus on one goal first, if we are overweight or obese we lose fat first and then we gain muscle, if we are skinny we gain muscle first and then lose some fat. The second option is to work on both goals at the same time which is harder to do and take more time, this option is better for someone who has some fat to lose but not a lot and who needs to gain muscle, someone who’s current physique is between skinny and overweight.

Most of us want to see some results as fast as possible otherwise we lose motivation and try something else which is actually the biggest mistake but considering this the best option is to focus on one goal at a time, first lose fat and then gain muscle or first gain muscle and then lose fat, the only reason for this is to get results faster. Most of us use the scale to see our progress and even when it´s not the best option we continue paying a lot of attention to what it says. When w e focus on one goal at a time we will see results in a couple weeks and if we follow the right program those results show in the scale, the mirror and clothes.

Some people on the industry say that it´s impossible to lose fat and gain muscle at the same time, from what I´ve seen it´s not impossible, for someone new to the gym it´s simple and for someone who has been training for a long time it is harder but that doesn´t mean it´s impossible. If we follow the right workout and nutrition program we will get results but it takes a lot more time.

Creating a good program that helps us improve body composition requires to consider the most effective techniques for muscle growth and fat loss and use them in a way to complement each other.

As we know for fat loss we need to be in a calorie deficit and for muscle growth we need to be on a calorie surplus, this is why most experts say that it´s impossible but if our nutrition program goes according to our workout program we can do it .

Training

1.- Focus on resistance training and work on both types of hypertrophy,

2. Add HIIT cardio and increase physical activity throughout the day.

Nutrition

1. Make sure that we´re getting enough protein which is the most important macronutrient for muscle growth,

2. Cycle calories by using an strategy called carbohydrate cycling, we keep protein and fats the same every day and we lower carbs some days and other days we increase carbs.

On resistance training days we increase carbohydrates to get a calorie surplus and on cardio days we lower carbohydrates to get a calorie deficit. We can lower carbohydrates just to maintenance but it all depends of our results and how we feel.

Losing body fat and gaining muscle at the same time is more complex but it can be done it requires a really well created program and the results will vary according to our training experience.

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Pam

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Make training as simple as possible

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There´s a tendency to overcomplicate things knowing that the more complicated the more sure we´re not going to follow it, we tend to think that if something is simple it won´t work but there´s a big gap between simple and easy, even when the concepts to lose fat and achieve any fitness goal are simple they´re not easy.

We don´t need to spend 2 hours in the gym everyday and we don´t need to do a lot of different exercises for each muscle group, this only make things more confusing and we waste a lot of time, we don´t need to do a lot of sets and reps unless we´re looking for an endurance workout.

Nowadays most guys like to train one muscle group per day the 5 day split that we see most guys in the gym following, if we´re not a bodybuilder we don´t need to do this, a lot of guys give more attention and prioritize isolation movements so they spend a lot of time in the gym getting the “pump”.

If we keep in mind our primary goal which is improve body composition, gaining muscle while keeping body fat low then resistance training is a priority it´s more important than cardio. We need to follow workout programs that focus on helping us gain lean muscle so we need to be training 3 to 4 days a week on this, the days left we can do some cardio.

We can divide resistance training exercises in three categories, bodyweight exercises, compound exercises and isolation exercises. Bodyweight and compound movements are the best option to gain muscle and get stronger, the way to gain dense muscle is by getting stronger on those exercises.

Workouts based on simple exercises like pushups, pull ups, squats, handstands, leg raises, bench press, over head press, bent over row, barbell squats and dead lifts are simple and effective, to this we can add some isolation exercises to target weaker muscles or work harder a muscle group we want to stand out. What we want with resistance training is to get stronger in the 5 to 8 rep range and 8 to 12 rep ranges to build dense muscle.

Once we have our resistance training in place we can add some cardio workouts just a tool to help us burn some extra calories that will help us get leaner faster or to maintain a low body fat, we´ll also get all the amazing benefits of endurance. We don´t want to do a lot of cardio or make it the base of our workouts because it´s not the way to gain muscle.

How we design our workouts depend of what we like to do, if we prefer bodyweight exercises we can make them the base of our workouts and add compound movements as a second option, if we prefer compound movements we can use them as our base and just use bodyweight exercises to compliment the workout, we can use them both for a more complete workout and to get stronger on both.

Once we have this on place we may want to add some isolation movements for muscle that need extra work like calves, shoulders, arms and abs, just one exercise for each is all we need, calf raises, lateral raises for shoulders, dips for triceps and chin ups or barbell curls for biceps.

This may seems so simple and basic but it´s the truth and is what works, I´m old school, I like to stick with the basics and simple tools which end being the more effective. If we want great results as fast as possible we need to focus and stick with what works, whit the tools that are going to give us the best results in the shortest period of time and that we can sustain for the rest of our life.

Traditional fitness programs are in most cases not the best option, they overcomplicate things, they make everything harder than it is, they don´t focus on health. The reality is simple, focus o getting stronger on bodyweight and compound movements, add some cardio to burn extra calories.

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Pam