Secrets for Gaining Muscle

You can come across tons of tips for building muscle that you can learn. The Knowledge of these muscle building tips are worthless unless you begin to put them into practice.  I will go through 3 of these muscle building tips that I think are significant when it comes to your muscle building goals.


Muscle Building Tip #1

If you’re a hardgainer you should be sure you’re lifting weights properly for your body type.  This entails not listening to the suggestions from the professional bodybuilders, unless of course you have a mesomorphic body type and are on the juice.  If you have an ectomorphic somatotype then you ought to try and learn from people that used to be scrawny but have learned how to pack on muscle to their body. If you are taking the advise of the muscle magazines this will most likely take you down the wrong path to injury and little to no gains in muscle mass. 


You have a unique body composition, yet there are individuals that have ones similar to yours, however more likely than not, no one has the same exact makeup as you do.  With that being said, outside tips can help guide you to the proper training and nutrition, but when it comes down to total success, you are your best teacher for your body type.  A thing that works for someone else may not have the same results when you try it. That doesn’t mean their advise was wrong, it just means your body did not respond the same as theirs did. Yet each Somatotype has their own similar traits that one can learn from to help them make the best decisions for muscle building.  Whether it is dealing with training or nutrition, you should first figure out which body style you most likely fit into and then take it from there. 


Muscle Building Tip #2

If you are serious about packing on the pounds then you should stick to using compound exercises and lift heavy.  In order to obtain muscle growth, you have to ask your muscle to grow. You do this by putting a heavy weight demand on them that they are not used to.  Most compound exercise movements use several joints, muscle groups and they tend to be more natural of movements for your body.  This combined with using heavy weights and high intensity will send signals to your body that it needs to grow in order to handle all this stress you keep putting upon it.  The key is to track your advancements and constantly reach to beat the amount of weight or reps you achieved last workout for that exercise.  By doing these progressive workouts for a long period of time, your body will constantly be trying to build more strength and muscle so the weight it last remembered lifting will be more manageable for it.


Muscle Building Tip #3

Getting plenty of sleep and practicing recovery methods is the tip most people over look.  Putting heavy stress on your body by weight training demands massive amounts of sleep to rebuild those tissues and prepare itself to be able to lift that weight again.  Sleep is when your muscles actually grow, so without the proper amount of sleep your muscle gains are going to be very little. 


Practicing the right recovery methods are also of importance. Lifting weights tends to cause your muscles to constrict.  This can contribute to problems, unless you concentrate on performing proper recovery techniques to neutralize this tightening of the muscles. The best ways to go about this is to either get a deep tissue massage, or buy a foam roller.  Deep tissue massages and foam rollers make your muscles more pliable and help loosen them up.  Following the massage or foam rolling sessions, you then need to concentrate on doing stretching.  Stretching supports in lengthening the muscles back to where they should be.  You should be doing at least as much stretching as you are doing lifting.


Hope these 3 muscle building tips helped you out. Trust me there are many more tips for helping you achieve muscle, but I felt that these 3 are pretty high up on the scale of importance. I recommend studying as much as you can about muscle building, training and nutrition specific for your body type. Then you can get a bigger picture on what needs to be done in order to get the results you want to see.


Now go pack on the pounds,


Cory Cook


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Cory Cook is the co-creator of, a website specifically designed to teach the hardgainer the laws and scientific principles for building a classic, muscular and functional physique. offers many resources to help you accomplish your goals.  We have a free email class, hundreds of free informative articles, videos and the Awakened Warrior Blog.
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