These days it seems that right when a new type of technology comes out, a better version quickly replaces it. Whether it’s cell phones, Ipod’s, computers, or energy drinks. Right when we get version 5.0, 6.0 comes out and is faster, bigger and better. With technology changing so rapidly these days it’s hard to keep up with the latest and greatest.
What I love best about workouts for muscle mass and gaining weight is that no matter what great salesman comes up with a new and improved workout gym, exercise, or supplement, there is nothing better to build a mass of muscle then the same basic exercises men did way back in the 50’s.
This is because although our minds have so much potential to learn and grow, our bodies will ONLY grow based on just a few basic principles applied over and over. And no matter where technology takes us in the future, there will never be any supplement or exercise that can replace good old fashioned hard work on a few of the most basic compound exercises.
So if you find yourself bombarded with new information everyday on weight training and bodybuilding, don’t get too flustered, all you need to know is just the basics. Basic exercises such as squats, bench presses, pull-ups, shoulder presses, and bicep curls are the benchmark for maximum muscle mass. And don’t get all fancy with these exercises, just using good old fashioned barbells and dumbbells will do the trick, especially if you are a beginner.
Even if you are not a beginner and you have been training for a while, don’t forget about the basic exercises. There is no better and sure way to boost your strength and muscle mass then the basic exercises performed a few times a week.
A key point is also to focus on getting stronger each workout, not on how big of a pump you get or by “feeling the burn.” I can wager that anybody, beginner or advanced could build a mass of muscle with a just few compound exercises done a few times a week with the intent on just progressively increasing your strength will build more muscle consistently then any new fancy equipment or “advanced” exercise can achieve.
So if find yourself thinking you are “falling behind” with all the new trends and exercises out there, one of the best things you can do is go back to the basics. You’ll be amazed that what worked yesterday still and always will work today!