Changing Your Routines Leads To More Muscle Growth?

Bodybuilding addicts are willing to do almost anything in order to gain a few ounces of muscle. There are no limits in front of a man starving for muscle growth. People read all kinds of magazines, crazy stories from their friends about some other friends who got real buff doing X, watch online videos…etc. It never stops.

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The first thing that people try to fix when they fail to see results is their routine. After all everyday there is a new more effective way to train that is supposed to be the road to massive muscle and success in life. One of the most frequently asked questions regarding this subject is: ‘Should I change my routine in order to seek more muscle growth?’ The answer is: It’s complicated.

‘YES’


Changing your routine is required in order to progress. You can’t be doing the same thing over and over for years and expect different results. Eventually you need a break – both mentally and physical. The change does not have to be profound. You may for example do a cycle of high bar squats instead of low bar squats and vice versa. You may also need to look into your programming and examine whether it’s working for you. Quite often even a a little thinking and analyzing leads to significant conclusions. You may be surprised how far you can go in life, if you sit down and think a little bit about what you are doing. Most people tend to play the busy card and as result they continue to hit their heads in the wall – expecting that one day the gate to heaven will open. This is one of those cases  where reason is your best friend. If something isn’t working, find out what and change it until it works. Repeat the same process when your new trick gets old.

‘NO’

While changing your routine can help you progress in terms of strength, skill, endurance and other athletic parameters, it won’t get you more muscle mass. You see, natural bodybuilders are not small because they don’t change their routines. If anything, natural bodybuilders probably change their routines more often than IFBB pros who do the same thing over and over again. The problem is that as a natural bodybuilder you can grow only so much before you hit your limits. Variety won’t help you reach beyond your natural genetic potential no matter what.

‘YES & NO

Different exercises attack the musculature in a different way. For example, if you do low bar squats, you will notice that you rear will get much bigger than your quadriceps, especially if you have long legs. If you start doing high bar squats or front squats instead of low bar, you will most likely notice that you legs will grow a little bit – all thanks to the way the new exercise distributes stress. As a natural bodybuilder this is how you can benefit from spicing your routine.

‘THE PRINCIPLES ARE ALWAYS THE SAME’

No matter what routine you follow the principles are the same as far as muscle growth is concerned. Regardless of rep ranges and schemes your routine should always have one goal in mind – to make you stronger and take you closer to your goals through progressive overload and adequate joint preparation. This applies to every routine you follow during your career as a lifter.

‘IF IT’s NOT BROKEN DON’T FIX IT. JUST BUY THE NEWER VERSION.’

The whole point of having experience is to make smarter choices based on what you’ve learned. Training does not make an exception. Over the years you will have many mentors. They will be right about some things and terribly wrong about others. You need to pick what you see as useful and slowly move forward to your personal and improved version.

While we are against materialism and constantly being obsessed with buying new gadgets not because you need them but because you want to, this principle has completely different idea in mind. The goal is to learn from your mistakes and to come up with better product based on your successes and failures instead of staying at the same place. We got to move it, move it…

LIFE IS MADE OUT OF TIME PERIODS

Life consists of time – at least in this universe. { let’s hope the others are better } Look back! Are you the same person you were 5-7 years ago? Hell, no! You are a newer/older version of yourself. You have different goals and different views regarding life. In other words: we change with time, or so we think. As far as training is concerned this means the following: maybe five years ago you wanted to become a super strong deadlifter, but now you are more into bodyweight stuff and want to be able to do planche push-ups. Well, your program must change appropriately in order to reach your new goals. After 5-7 years you will be singing a different tune….

‘CAN I DO THE SAME ROUTINE FOREVER?’

Yes, you can but you have to cycle. There must be deload periods so that your body can recover. You need to take it easy, even if you feel like you don’t need the break. If your routine is well designed and includes deload phases, you can stay on it indefinitely. However, that should not be your goal an you are not supposed to treat your training program as something that dies once you change it. If you want a break, take it. We promise not to tell the lifting police.

‘INJURIES HAPPEN.’

If you are injured, you may have to stop training depending on how bad you are hurt, but sometimes it’s fine to just build yourself a new routine. For example, if your shoulder or elbow is damaged, you may have to stop squatting but the leg press, hack squat or other squatting machines will be fine. In cases like that you need to be flexible.

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