Getting Lean, Not Skinny

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Believe it or not, if you are one of the women out there who is not trying to get “skinny”, you are not alone! Gaining lean muscle is one way to look your best and to get healthier and into better shape while doing it. Read on to learn about the most efficient ways of getting lean. Getting Lean, Not Skinny

The best way to gain muscle mass is, of course, to lift weights. Don’t be afraid to lift the big ones! Be careful not to overdo it as the goal here is not to end up in the hospital with a torn groin, but lifting like you’re “one of the guys” will allow your body to produce more testosterone, which will build muscle. If you’re doing 10 reps without any trouble, it is a pretty good indicator that you should add to the amount of weight you’re lifting. Adding a bit more weight and speeding your reps up little by little (without sacrificing your form) each time you visit the gym is a good way to progress.

If you are doing a lot of cardio, you need to stop. While trying to build muscle, you should spend most of your time at the gym lifting weights. Most personal trainers say that it is a good idea to do strength training about 3 times a week, and then take a day to do some light cardio. They also say that you should not do cardio before lifting, as this will only tire your muscles out and increase your chances of hurting yourself.

Carbs are an important part of gaining muscle, so you should be sure to eat plenty of them at breakfast and right after you work out to help your muscles recover. Stay away from foods that will impede your workout, such as bean based foods, which could cause bloating and make your workout uncomfortable. The rest of the day, you should eat a healthy diet that is rich in protein, and drink half your weight in ounces of water so that your muscles will stay full.

After you work out, your body uses everything you’ve taken in during the day, which were hopefully all good things, because if so your muscles will build up while you are sleeping! Make sure to get a good night’s rest so you can give it 110% the next day! Happy lifting, ladies!