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Monday, December 29, 2008

Building Muscle for the Hard Gainer

Building Muscle for the Hardgainer shows you how to train, eat, and rest if you find it difficult to pack on serious muscle mass.

In this article, I talk about the 3 pillars that you need to master to drive your muscle-building efforts through the roof! You can gain a lot of weight with this simple (but don't call it "easy"!) program.

Read it and learn. Building Muscle for the Hardgainer offers a complete run-down on how you should train, eat, and sleep if you want to maximize your muscle gains.

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To get a full report on how to train the hardgainer, buy my upcoming ebook, The Hardgainer's Manifesto. There's also a FAQ in development that will answer a lot of your hardgainer questions.

How to Get Six Pack Abs

I posted an interview about Six Pack Abs with Tom Venuto of Burn the Fat and David Grisaffi of Flatten Your Abs that's all about losing belly and body fat, getting definition in your abs, and even eliminating lower back pain! This is a GREAT interview!

Friday, December 26, 2008

Ways to Get Stronger

Many bodybuilders and people seeking to build their muscles don't think in terms of strength training, whereas most athletes want to maximize their strength. The two don't have to be mutually exclusive.

In fact, they're inseparable. If you gain muscle, you no doubt will gain some strength. And the opposite is equally true: If you gain strength, you will gain some mass.

Muscles get stronger because they have to. Place greater loads on them and they're forced to adapt. While a lot of strength gains come from building a better link between the mind and muscles, some of it does come because the individual muscle fibers have gotten stronger; their contractile ability has been increased.

Take a look at some of the top bodybuilders of all time. Guys like Arnold, Franco Columbu, and Lou Ferrigno were (and still are) some of the strongest guys on the planet. In fact, both Arnold and Franco were weightlifting champions before they became bodybuilders.

I can remember both Franco and Ferrigno competing in the Worlds's Strongest Man competitions and doing very well. Back then, bodybuilders were thought of as weak.

They were by no means weak.

Some would argue that building strength is a prerequisite of building muscle, and I would agree. My own personal story was one of wanting to build muscle and "only" gaining strength. But the added strength I achieved enabled me to build muscle faster because I could lift heavier weights in my bodybuilding routines. The strength comes first. The muscle comes later, especially if you're a hard gainer like me.

For the budding bodybuilder as well as for the strength trainer just starting out, I'd suggest getting as strong as you can in the exercises you will build upon. For power lifters, this would be bench presses, deadlifts, and squats, as well as some isolation moves that build strength in the supporting muscles. For bodybuilders, add in isolation movements like curls, presses of all kinds, shrugs, rows, dips, and pull-ups.

The surefire way to measure progress in your bodybuilding and strength routines is to monitor the weights you lift. The muscle size gains will follow with proper nutrition and rest.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

How to Build Muscle Guides

Get a sneak preview of my latest site, Muscle-Building Guide Reviews. In the coming days, I'll add more muscle-building systems. This will be the definitive place to go for guides about building muscle,  losing fat, and getting buffed, ripped, and fit.

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Introducing the Hard Gainer's Manifesto

I'm working on a brief that will blast your muscle-building efforts into the stratosphere. Unlike most of the muscle-building systems out there (see Muscle-Building-Guide-Reviews for more information about these very comprehensive "One Size Fits All" programs), the Hard Gainer's Manifesto will concentrate on muscle-growth in people who can't seem to gain muscle no matter what they do.

I know what it's like to be a hard gainer. Muscle growth didn't occur rapidly (I daresay any at all) for me. That is, until I figured out the secret, which I'll reveal to you in the Hard Gainer's Manifesto.

This report will be brief, to the point, and most importantly -- EFFECTIVE!

It's no joke, I practiced bodybuilding for nearly 20 years before I figured out how to gain muscle mass (I'm a slow learner, but you can benefit from my failures). But when I did finally "get it" (the lightbulb burst on), I gained 60 pounds of solid muscle in a year!

Yes, 60 pounds in one year. Without drugs. Without HOURS in the gym. Without paying thousands of dollars for a personal trainer.

You can do this, too. Now, I can't guarantee that you'll pack on 60 pounds. You may not want to. It's up to you. The cool thing about bodybuilding in general, and what you'll find out in the Hard Gainer's Manifesto, is that if you get "too big" you can stop.

It's really that simple.

So head on over and sign up to be notified about when the Hard Gainer's Manifesto will be released. You'll be glad you did.