For those who are naturally inclined towards fitness and building muscle, going to the gym and lifting, pressing, and squatting comes almost instinctively. Sure, nobody is born having exact prior knowledge in the matters of the body—it takes patience, dedication, and perseverance to truly achieve the potential of our bodies.
…but this being said, while it certainly does take a long time to get a shredded physique, there are a ton of shortcuts you can take along the way to make things easier on yourself. There’s supplements you can take, routines you can do, and even specific muscle groups you can focus on to quickly gain the appearance of being jacked.
One of which groups is the chest muscles. I’ve always had naturally large pectoral muscles from a young age, and even when I was a skinny little beanpole (at least in my view) people would complement me on them. Now that I’ve spent time building them up however, I frequently get girls rubbing them and squeezing them at parties (no joke).
The first thing that people associate with a “strong man” are the chest muscles. This association has been practically ingrained into our collective consciousness due to popular culture and celebrities like Arnold Schwarzenegger and Ronnie Coleman. Surprisingly enough, while it may take years to get pecs like them, there’s still a few ways to get killer pecs in just a short time.
In the age of the internet, anyone and everyone can give out advice on supplements—and they do. A simple google search will show that there’s dozens of other “experts” and “gurus” telling you completely bogus myths about supplements like creatine, whey protein, and testosterone boosters.
Bodybuilding isn’t just an art, though—it’s a science. Everything we do can be scientifically verified. So in times like this, where anyone and everyone with a platform is recommending something different, it’s important we turn to science when asking questions like:
It turns out that most of these questions have been answered through extensive research, and although taking creatine won’t make you put on 50 pounds of muscle overnight, it’s certainly a very powerful supplement to add to your regimen. So with that in mind, here’s my crash course on creatine.
When it comes to making considerable gains in all muscle groups, it’s important to maintain an appropriate nutrient level—this gives workouts something to thrive on. Professional bodybuilders and mere enthusiasts alike are no strangers when it comes to accompanying their training with protein and amino acid-enriched shakes.
Of course, supplements aren’t necessarily mandatory for building muscle. Adopting a clean meal plan that contains only organic and nourishing foods is also an excellent approach if you just want a slower and more soft-core development.
In fact, I’ve already written about how you can bulk on a budget if you’re a college student or just broke, so don’t think that you need to purchase any supplements. Nevertheless, if going down the workout champion route is something you want to do, it’s important to choose an approach that suits your needs and goals best.
Here are the five most effective and widely-used nutritional supplements that are the best for gaining muscle fast.
People often turn to fad diets, weird exercise routines, and even steroids to lose weight, but one thing reigns king to them all: the ECA stack.
While it certainly isn’t as powerful as thermogenics such as DNP (an illegal steroid/fat burner), this stack is still considered to be relatively safe.
…but, the question still remains: does the ECA stack actually work, or is it just another fad supplement that will sell you empty promises?
The truth is that it does. This so-called “ECA Stack,” short for Ephedrine, Caffeine, and Aspirin, has been used for years due to its ease of acquirement and high effectiveness.
This isn’t something you want to mess around with, though—many of these substances should not be consumed if you’re under 18.
That being said, if you’re looking for a magic bullet to push your fat loss into overdrive, look no further than this stack here.
In this quick, step-by-step guide, I’m going to explain what an ECA stack is, exactly how it works, and exactly how to take it to shred more fat.
Bodybuilding is pretty fun.
You get to lift weights like an animal, you get to eat tons of really great food, and you get to look like a Greek god.
Every man should have a gym membership, especially in this day and age where very little physical effort is required of us.
If you don’t work out, you’ll slowly turn into a fat slob.
I’ve learned many lessons from the gym.
Some of them were quick to hit me (like don’t lift more than you can handle), and others took years to realize (like the value of discipline).
Overall, bodybuilding has made me a better man, and it can do the same for you.
Here’s 10 badass bodybuilding tips I learned from my skinny to buff transformation.
“How can I go from skinny to buff?” I remember thinking, as my 14-year-old brain scoured the internet looking for any and all advice I could find. It seemed like everyone was contradicting themselves, and I had no idea what to do.
“Do intermittent fasting! It’s great for your hormone levels,” some would say. “Eat every single 2 hours, you’ve got to get big!” others would tell me. The power lifters told me to focus on strength training, the bodybuilders told me to focus on building mass…just about everyone had their own thoughts on getting from skinny to buff.
The problem is that I didn’t want thoughts…I wanted results. I was a scrawny little kid and was desperate for attention from women, and respect from other men. I wanted to be strong, I wanted to be big, and I wanted to be buff.
I didn’t realize it at the time, but this feeling set me down a path that would take me on one of the wildest rides of my life. Like many of us, working out and putting on muscle is a journey, that teaches us about inner strength, courage, discipline, and of course, our own biology.
The other day I was browsing through some old family photos, and stumbled upon one of myself in high school.
I was a beanpole. I was stick-thin. Scrawny. Skinny. 125 pounds soaking wet.
This got me thinking—I’ve changed a lot over the years, but what was it that really set me off? What was the one thing I did that really began to transform my life?
…and then it hit me like a ton of bricks. It was obvious, as clear as day. Embarking on the gym rat’s journey is what changed my life. Here’s how.
Bodybuilding can be pretty expensive.
From buying whey protein to pre-workouts to BCAA’s and the latest “must have” supplement, it’s pretty obvious that you need some deep pockets if you’re going to take it seriously.
But it doesn’t have to be that way. In fact, there’s plenty of cheap bodybuilding meals out there that cost only a dollar or two, and that take only a few minutes to make.
Dirty bulking costs even less.
While dirty bulking isn’t necessarily the best “long term,” solution, for all of you broke hard gainers out there trying to get jacked…here’s my advice.
Ever since Vince Gironda, the legendary bodybuilder, told the world about his famous “steak and eggs diet,” millions of men have tried it.
Pounding down on a 12 ounce sirloin steak, and a half-dozen eggs each day sounds good, but what does the research say about this diet?
In this post, we’ll be looking at what the science has to say… and believe me, most of the clinical studies here look extremely promising.
To test it myself, I tried eating only steak and eggs for 30 days straight, and got incredible results. So, without further ado, let’s get to it.
Most people, when they consider getting into really good shape, do it for “health concerns.” They do it to lower their cholesterol, they do it to get a better hormonal profile, and they do it to increase their lifespan.
However in my opinion, some of the GREATEST benefits of working out aren’t even physical. Some of them are social, some of them are emotional, and some of them are even financial.
I’ve been actively engaged in the fitness community for the past decade, and I can, without a doubt, say that getting jacked completely transformed my life in unexpected ways. Here’s how.