Should You Listen to Your Weight Lifting Buddies at the Gym?

By: Jon Cardozo

If you spend much time at the gym doing weightlifting, you've probably had a lot of conversations with other guys in the gym. It's fun to talk about your progress and exchange ideas, but should you really listen to your buddies when it comes to muscle building?

Well, that definitely depends on how knowledgeable your friends are. Some will have much more experience and really know what they're talking about. Others, however, just do whatever they hear through the grapevine and seemed to jump from one technique to another. It's very important to gain some real knowledge in this area and avoid the mistakes that many trainees make in the gym.

For example, many beginners try to spend all of their time in the gym and think this extra effort will pay off big time. If they don't see any muscle gain immediately, they are tempted to increase their workouts even more. In an effort to speed up their progress, they may decide to increase the intensity and frequency of their workouts. They seem to think that the more they work out the better the chances of success. Of course, this line of thinking is definitely flawed because it ignores one of the major components of muscle growth. Always remember that lifting heavy weights breaks down your muscle fibers and causes your body to grow new muscle. The body will respond and build a bigger, stronger muscle, but only if it has had enough rest between workouts. In fact, many bodybuilding experts recommend just two or three hours of training each week! In some cases, you can improve your results by simply working out less and getting more sleep.

So how do you know if the advice you hear is worthwhile or not? Obviously, a lot depends on what kind of success this person has achieved. It may seem like an obvious concept, but too many times we listen to others because they are our friends or because we feel pressured to follow their lead. They don't necessarily have the results to prove their knowledge, in which case we should look elsewhere for advice on muscle building. The best thing you can do is find a real mentor who has overcome his skinny genes and gained a large amount of muscle naturally. Your ultimate goal should be to achieve the best results you can given your own situation.

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