A Beginner’s Guide on How to Build Muscle

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Even the most muscular person in the world once began as a regular person with regular triceps and invisible ads. We all have our starting place. However, with the plethora of blogs, insta-gurus, and continuous ads featuring nothing but muscles, it can seem a bit intimidating getting started.

Using the following information and advice, any novice can feel comfortable beginning their muscle building journey. Take your time, prepare, and ease your body into your new routine.

Nutrition

Anyone who went from not working out to going to the gym 3-5 days a week can tell you about the obvious need to eat more food. Even people who began exercising to lose weight understand the need to eat more (maybe not more food in general, but more frequently). So when it comes to building muscle, you are going to need a lot more frequent meals. It is a fact that the body requires a surplus of calories (taking in more calories than you’d expend in one day) to build muscles. You need to be eating the right things. However, nutrition entails more than just eating extra.

For building muscles, protein is key to muscle growth and recovery. The general rule of thumb offered for protein consumption is about one ounce of protein per pound of bodyweight. For muscle building, however, that number could be higher. It all depends on your body, your goals, and training intensity and volume.

Tips

Start Simple – Before jumping into a new gym membership, spend a few days or weeks specifying your goals and determining a routine for yourself. Along the way, begin working out at home with squats, lunges, planks, and push-ups. By spending the first few weeks building your core, your targeted exercises later will come at a less painful cost.

Tweak it – As easy as it is to get comfortable in your routine, it is not a good idea. If your mind and body are comfortable with the routine, it probably isn’t doing much for you. After mastering an exercise, you should almost immediately be looking for different variations. Keep your muscle gains from a plateau by remembering to mix things up.

Supplements – If it wasn’t for supplements, would GNC even be a thing? All jokes aside, the right supplements can be beneficial to muscle gains, fat loss, increased performance and increased strength and power. However, there are many different brands and options, so research is a must.

Vitamins and minerals – No, supplements are not the same thing. Yes, you can/should take both supplements and vitamins and minerals. In reality, most people are deficient in a lease some of the vitamins and minerals categories. Used for metabolic processes and other body functions, vitamins and minerals become even more of a necessity when intense exercise is introduced.

Originally published on http://josephbenevento.org

How To Enter A New Career With Confidence

So, you’re entering into a new career field. For one reason or another, you are making a life change that is of no small feat. It’s true, many experience much uncertainty, anxiety, and fear when entering into a new and possibly unfamiliar industry. But you don’t have to enter into this new stage feeling unequipped. In some ways, all of your life has provided you with the skills and experience to navigate through this new career choice.

In fact, I’m entering into a new career industry myself. And believe me, it’s not an industry I would have envisioned myself in a few years ago. And while it’s certainly a new challenge I’m excited to face, I’m not entering the industry without any relevant skills. Completely on the contrary.

You see, the trick to entering a new career is knowing how to use the skills you do have while working to acquire the new, needed wisdom.

Back to the Basics

Some people overwhelm themselves with the false notion that they must learn everything there is to know about a new career field before they enter it. But this simply isn’t the case. While educating yourself on your future industry is essential to success, it’s impossible and simply too time-consuming to attempt to learn the ins and outs of an industry you have not yet stepped into. Instead, spend some time returning to the basics of what it takes to succeed in any career field. Hard work, perseverance, and dedication are critical no matter what industry you land in. This false and unfounded idea that you bring no relevant experience to a new career because you haven’t been in that exact industry is simply not true.

In fact, many experts are urging companies to hire raw talent and hard work over experience and a perfect resume. If you can learn to harness and manifest the life lessons you’ve learned in your past career experiences, then there is no reason you cannot apply those directly to your new career.

Practice Patience

It’s important to show patience to yourself when entering a new career field. Know that there will be a learning curve and understand you won’t get everything correct right out of the gate. Allow yourself some time to acclimate to your new surroundings, and put into practice the new skills and knowledge you are learning. Patience is key to success, and success in a new career field seldom happens overnight.

In the end, staying diligent and positive about your new career field are key factors to long-term success. Remember, you’re not entering a new career without anything to the bring to the table. If that were the case, you wouldn’t be in the position you are. And while you may be the newest kid on the block in the industry, that doesn’t mean you don’t have a much needed new set of skills to bring to the neighborhood.

Joseph Benevento originally published this article on josephbenevento.com