People want to get things fast. The sooner, the better. There is no time to wait.
Give it to me yesterday, please.
As expected, muscle construction does not make an exception. Many programs promise fast results because that’s one of the best ways to grab people’s attention.
Ironically, our impatience is also why we never accomplish anything. We want things now so bad that we don’t stick with the plan long enough to make a difference. Even if you’re on the right track, you have to wait for the train to arrive where you’re headed.
The more valuable something is, the higher the effort required to achieve it. Since building muscle is something of higher value compared to watching Big Brother, it takes time. Consequently, the writers of fast programs can suck it. Similar routines don’t work and never will. It’s all cheap garbage orientated towards the masses who decide to “get ripped” after watching an action movie in which the actor does a few push-ups in the morning. This is fine as a start, but you have to outgrow it if you want bigger and better things to happen. You will never get far in this bodybuilding game if you fall for the mainstream explanations.
I will tell you how to build muscle mass fast. Get ready. The secret to building muscle mass fast is to never try to build muscle fast. By refusing to fall for the cheap tricks you won’t be wasting your time doing nonsense that gets you nowhere. If something looks too easy and too good to be true, it doesn’t work and will only distract you from your real path as a muscle constructor. When you are aware of this fact, you will progress as fast as possible. In this case, the real shortcut is to avoid shortcuts.
Another important concept that needs discussion is the fear of being a beginner. We are all afraid of carrying the noob label. That’s exactly why we want things fast and whenever we engage in something we ask: “What is the fastest way to get this?” Been there, done that.
Achieving a goal is great, but sometimes how you get there is even more important. I would gladly earn less money doing something I love than make tons of cash slaving away day by day. Goals are merely something to aim at. The journey builds the character. Thereby lies the real reward. This may sound like a stupid cliche, but it’s true every time.
Don’t be afraid of starting something new. It’s hard, but harder things tend to produce more valuable results. Goals without lessons are worthless.
When you first get into this muscle building carnival, there will be a lot of people that will look at you and think: “What a noob!” Don’t worry. It’s part of the game. What matters the most is that you’re doing something you love. Who cares whether you can do 2 pull-ups or 20 pull-ups? When you’re doing something that makes your life better, skill levels are secondary. Every workout should be taking you one step closer to your goal, but before all, it must be another moment of joy in your life.
I can tell you with certainty that if you have no love for what you do, you won’t be any happier when you achieve higher levels of mastery. That’s why so many people who have reached the top in a field often quit. It looks weird on the outside, but it makes perfect sense inside. Sometimes you have to sacrifice your Queen to keep moving forward.
The older you get, the faster life goes by. That’s because each year becomes a smaller portion of your experience. When you’re 6 years old, a year is 1/6 of your life. When you are 56, a year is only 1/56 of your experience. To younger people, six months feel like an eternity. That’s why those individuals fall for the 2 weeks to thicker pecs routines. What are you rushing for? It makes no difference whether you achieve your goal during the summer or the winter. There’s always something to be done. It never ends. The loop keeps on repeating. We might just as well enjoy the process before meeting our makers.
Remember: you can’t take your squat numbers with you when you’re dead. They stay here, with the flesh. What doesn’t stay here, however, is the inner improvement – the only way for humans to get closer to the truth.
Forget about fast results and focus on effort, and the gains will come quickly. People are often surprised how far you can go when you don’t fall for gimmicks and count on solid play.
Stick to the classics. There are new hits every day, but they fade away quickly. Gimmicks are just an unnecessary complication that gets you further away from the main road.
Remember: if you want to build muscle mass fast, don’t try. Fast muscle is for suckers.