Despite the various goals within the exercise world, along with losing weight one of the most common is adding muscle mass. Digging deeper into this agenda and whether it is said enough generally the goal of adding “mass” is not a small dosage but rather large slabs that transform your body into potentially a vastly different one.
Though there are many differences of goals, the “iron” is a common denominator, “speaks” its own language called “hard work” and when applied properly will build muscle as well as shed excess body weight. The test of the equation is application of work, knowing how to work correctly and of-course utilizing a sound diet and an appropriate supplement plan.
Oddly one of the greatest foes of building muscle mass for the bodybuilder is not diet, supplementation or even training, but the exercise facility itself. This is no small problem as many facilities have been dressed up like it is “ball season”. Not only is chalk and lifting platforms are gone but the dare utterance of groan or a clanging weight results in having your membership revoked. This well known problem as forced many to search out “iron friendly” facilities where sweat and a little bit of venom are understood as part of the territory. Naturally if this applies to you, I forewarn you if you presently train in a facility that clamps down your ferocity, find a facility that does not limit your training.
Running adjacent to this problem is the long term abandonment of free weights as the majority of facilities are machine based. Though machine based lifting is more accepted in the modern iron-game and certainly more prevalent, any comment that it is more efficient is off base. It takes equal time to load a barbell as opposed to a machine, therefore if the option is available use free weights. In a roundabout weight this returns to first point because if you are serious in your goal of advanced mass development, you must train in a suitable environment.
Furthermore with free weights, there is significant added benefit as opposed to machine. While there is no true quantifiable amount, the vast difference in needing to stabilize the load and impact upon musculature can be dramatic. There is also good reason to suggest the machine based training, given it does not infer needs upon stabilizing groups is potentially more dangerous in that it will overload a region. Though you are likely to give up a significant percentage of the load in a like movement, the free weight variation will derive greater benefits and allow much greater variation.
Throughout the course of this week, we will examine each of these concerns for Bodybuilding to advance your mass development goals of 2011. In the next of our series we will review the key movements that every emerging bodybuilder needs to utilize.
Prepared by John Davies
Top Photo: Shawn Moody, Steve Jury and John Davies in "Speed", a Renegade Style production 2006
Second from the Top: Steve Tauriello is Yok3d
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