How To Cheat Your Way To Size & Strength
Growing up, I was a HUGE video game fanatic. .
Each day after school let out, I would rush home, fire-up my video game system and spend the next few hours immersed in whichever game I had recently purchased
The endless hours spent in front of the screen made me pretty damn good at games but every once in awhile I would run into a game, I just couldn’t beat no matter how hard I tried
In these rare situations – a serious gamer (like myself) would have to call in reinforcements by searching for cheat codes so I could have a fighting chance at passing the game and retaining my status as greatest gamer of all time (self professed)
It’s been some years since I’ve devoted so much time to gaming, nowadays I spend the bulk of my time in the gym
I will never forget the power of those hacks and in today’s post I am going to borrow from my time spent in front of the screen and share with you – three little known hacks for building muscle and getting stronger at the same time.
Hack #1: Plug In High Intensity Training At The Beginning Of Your Workouts
If you were a gamer like I was, you will remember how important the starting screens of old school video games were
These few screens before the game started were often your one opportunity to quickly type in a cheat code and gain an advantage once the game started
If you were too slow to input the code, it meant a missed the opportunity in some games this meant the difference between starting the game with three or ninety-nine lives
As I mentioned earlier, strength training also has it’s fair share of hacks.
When you start your mass-building workout with high intensity work (heavy loading) you are essentially entering in a cheat code akin to starting a game with ninety-nine lives. These high intensity sets act as a primer for your body and wake-up your central nervous system early on in the workout. This is powerful because it cues your body to use high threshold muscle fibers during your workout
The more high threshold fibers you use, the greater the likelihood of increased muscle size and strength.
If you are serious about gaining mass while getting stronger, it’s crucially important you begin each workout with high intensity training
Hack #2: Play With The Tempo of Exercises In Your Training
As a young gamer, the biggest discovery I made was figuring out how to teleport levels in the Super Mario video game
That discovery was ground shaking because it allowed me to skip past previously tedious levels of the game and advance to the main boss (Bowser) quicker than ever before
Strength training also has it’s own teleportation tricks if you will. If you use them properly you can speed up the process of gaining muscle and increasing strength in little to no time
One trick I really like to use is adjusting the speed of specific portions of your lifts. By adjusting the tempo of the eccentric and concentric portions of an exercise, you tap into a secret world of increased strength and greater mass
A good rule of thumb for lifters looking to gain mass and increase strength is to lift the weight as quickly as possible and slow down the eccentric (lowering) portion of each exercise.
This little hack will amp-up your central nervous system and break down more muscle during each workout -resulting in more strength and increased muscle size.
Hack #3: Choose Exercises Which Deliver The Best Bang For Your Buck
Up, down,up, down, left, right, left, right, B,A,B,A, select, start
It’s been twenty years since I played Contra but I will never forget that button combination. It was the first cheat code which allowed me to win that game which I’d been struggling with for months
Like the Contra hack, the third cheat I am going to share with you is going to be unforgettable because it will allow you to blast through any plateau you may have experienced and finally fill out a t-shirt while flinging around the type of weights, previously couldn’t budge
So what is this third hack?
It’s picking the right exercises
If you want to build muscle while getting stronger, you MUST choose exercises that give you the best bang for your buck. The best bang for your buck exercises are compound movements which involve using muscles which cross over multiple joints
The reason these exercises are so great is the require more muscle to perform. This results in more muscle damage and subsequent growth.
So there you have it…
Three Muscle hacks for the lifter who wants to pack on mass and get STRONGER at the same time. If you start using these three hacks you will quickly notice an increase in muscular size and strength in your muscles, if you don’t you will continue to spin your wheels and make little to no progress in the gym.
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