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By Beginner Bodybuilding Guide
Basic rules for increasing strength
Any decent bodybuilder knows very well that a big muscle is a strong muscle and adding any muscle onto your frame comes from increasing your ability to handle a heavy weight. There are a few basic rules that need to be followed if you want to always be adding to your current muscle that you carry.
The first is to find a gym where you feel at home but never are the strongest lifter in the gym. You always need to make sure that you are challenging yourself and that there is at least one or two people in your gym that are stronger than you. Gaining strength on a permanent basis is all about challenging yourself more than you did the last time you trained.
If you are training legs or some other body-part that you feel is your weakest and you start to think of reasons why you should skip the workout then you have a problem that needs to be fixed. The greatest strength athletes became that because they were able to concentrate on their weaknesses and not set them aside.
Strong weight lifters get that way from concentrating on weaknesses anywhere in their bodies. This means that you need to correct your mindset about the reason that you are training for strength. You need to be prepared to max out on a regular basis or else you need to choose a different sport.
Strength comes from hard work and if you are training without maxing out to your absolute maximum when you train you will never get the results that you are looking for. It does not mean that you need to try to lift a weight heavier than you can handle, it just means that you need to make sure that you are lifting just a couple of pounds more than you did in your previous workout.
If you can increase the weight that you lift by only 5 pounds a week you will have increased the weight that you can lift with that movement by 60 pounds in one year. Changing the angle or the grip on a movement will also make sure that you are always one step ahead of ever falling into a training plateau.
Planning your workouts and working the plan are required if you are going to increase your strength. This means that you need to cycle when you train and how you train. For example if you like training with drop sets because it gives you good results then you need to make sure that you are always cycling these drop sets workouts otherwise they will stop getting you gains.
Listening to your body and how it responds to the intense workouts that you are putting it through takes time to learn. Every workout that you do is an opportunity to learn a little more about how your body responds to a specific type of workout. Your rest and recovery needs to be constantly monitored to make sure you are getting the maximum amount of gains that you can get from your workouts.
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