How to Get BIG Fast

Have you ever wanted to develop more muscles but found it took way to long? Are you tired of putting in way too much effort for very little gain? Well, I finally have an easy solution for you to get big fast – follow these four easy steps to get bigger, leaner and stronger than ever before – and in no time flat! If you educate yourself on ‘what’ exercises to do, and ‘when’ you will develop huge muscles very fast.

Over the years, I’ve spent countless hours in a gym trying different exercises/routines and talking to many different people (trainers, body builders, heath fanatics, etc.) trying to find the answer to one of my burning questions: “How can I get bigger, in the shortest time possible”.  After talking to many people I’ve gathered the right answer to this question. Here we go:

1.  Lift big to get big.

In order to see results, you need lift heavier weights. I know it seems pretty obvious, but most people don’t realize what I’m talking about here. You need to lift a weight that is 80% of your one rep maximum. Quite simply, take any exercise, say Bench Press, and take 80 percent of the heaviest weight you could bench press once. For example, if you could bench press 200lbs once (and only once) then you take 80 percent of 200 to give you 160lbs. This is the weight to use for this exercise. You could probably do this exercise eight times before you felt completely spent. Now, you are on the right track!

Realistically, if you are doing three or four sets of exercise with eight to ten reps in each, you probably aren’t using a weight that’s at least 80 percent of your one rep max. Once you start using 80 percent of your max for three of four sets, you will feel it – you probably won’t be able to do 8 or 10 reps,  you are more likely to squeeze out five or six repetitions in your set. Your muscles will be tired – and this is what you want!

2. Lift fast to grow big.

Be careful with this one. Every trainer will tell you that you are supposed to lift weights slowly and under control. This is 100% true. In order to avoid injury, you need to have a controlled lift – but it doesn’t have to be slow. It is a well studied fact, that the faster you lift, the better your results. It doesn’t matter if you are trying to lose weight or gain muscle the principle is the same. If you’re trying to increase the size of your muscles (i.e. get big), fast lifts activate more of the muscle fibers that have the most potential to grow. If you’re trying to become leaner, fast lifts do more to jump start your heart rate and your metabolism which will increase your weight loss.

I can’t stress enough that the most important part about lifting fast is control. You still need to maintain perfect form to prevent injury – so if you can’t lift using perfect form, then you need to either slow down or lower the weight (or both). The rule is, you need to control the weight – don’t let it control you.

3. Quit once your muscles are tired.

When you start to lift heavier weights and when you lift them fast – your muscles will really be working. They will work harder than they have before and they will tire out on you (usually in 15 seconds or less). Once you muscles have quit on you, you’re left to struggle with the weight and the remaining reps using muscle fibers that aren’t up to the task. Your body will tell you when this has happened in one of two ways:  1. Your repetitions will be much slower and 2. Your form changes – either you will shorten your range of motion or have to cheat to accomplish the full range.

4. Don’t freak out if you don’t finish the set.

Most people I talk to get worried or discouraged when they can’t finish their set. Especially when they are lifting heavier weights at a faster pace (Steps 1 and 2). But the truth is, it doesn’t matter. As long as your muscles are exhausted, you are doing your job.  Instead of focusing on how man reps you do during one set, focus instead on total reps for each exercise. For example, let’s say you’re doing a workout that specifies five sets of six reps -that’s 30 reps total. What you should focus on is getting to a total of 30 reps regardless of how many you do in a set. Maybe you can only do 5 reps (instead of 6) – well then, if that’s the case, just do a sixth set of 5 reps to bring your total up to 30 total reps. It really doesn’t matter that you can’t do six reps in that one set – as long as you get to 30 total reps (in this example), that’s all that matters.

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  1. @Markus I get your drift on where you were going there. I often think of my past and use it as a means to analyze where I am and where I want to get to. Where I struggel is balancing it all out. How do you guys balance things out?

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  5. Lift big to get big is perhaps the most important point to consider when looking to gain size and strength. A great example from yesteryear? Paul Anderson, possibly the strongest man in history, began training as a 5′ 9″ 190-pound teenager, and within a short period of time, went on to rewrite the record books. How? By training almost exclusively on the squat and with big weights. For inspiration, consider how this goliath routinely squatted with 600 pounds and more, and by the mid-1950s, was squatting 900 pounds for repetitions! Lift big to get big? You betcha!

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