BCAA stands for branch-chained amino acids and are a group of essential amino acids called leucine, isoleucine, and valine. It’s commonly used to boost muscle growth, enhance exercise performance, and even weight loss.
As we continue to train and build muscle, eventually our bodies will need time to rest. Why is this? Because resting allows our bodies to heal and recover from broken down muscle tissues and fatigue. As muscle tissues properly heal, you’ll notice an increase in strength and most importantly, muscle.
Let’s get a bit deeper as to why rest plays a crucial role in building muscle.
First of all, our GH (Growth hormone) levels are at its highest during sleep. As you may or may not know, healthy GH levels are required to build muscle much more efficiently.
At the end of the day, it’s about listening to your body. If you believe you can push your body to the limits, then go for it. However, know when your body is telling you to slow down as you can risk injury and performance. Also, it’s important to note the difference between resting and being lazy.
Our minds can psych ourselves out from reaching our goals.
Train more frequently
The more you train, the more opportunities you have to build muscle.
Beginners in weightlifting can expect to see noticeable muscle growth within the first 2 months whereas experienced lifters can see new growth within a month.
So when you train, it’s always best to continuously shock your body with the amount of reps, sets, and weight.
This way, you’ll avoid hitting any type of plateaus.
Some ways you can incorporate this concept is to mix up your exercises.
Mix up compound movements such as deadlifts and squats with isolated muscle training. What’s isolated muscle training? It’s working out 1-2 muscle groups a day and then resting that muscle for 2-3 days.
Next, always strive to build up your strength. The stronger you are, the more muscle fibers are created to handle the resistance.
For your convenience here’s a fundamental guide on how many reps and sets you should be doing for strength and hypertrophy.
To sum it up
Lean muscle provides an abundance of benefits that everyone can take advantage of. However, building muscle is earned through proper nutrition, supplementation, resistance training, and rest.
If you can master those elements, you’ll be building muscle in no time.
Stay tuned for muscle building exercises starting February.
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