Five Muscle Building Virtues
Whether you are a new, intermediate, or advanced lifter, I’m sure you have always wondered what it takes to
Well, today is your lucky day! In this article I will outline five of the most important virtues that every
lifter must have if they want to build some serious muscle.
But be warned - these virtues may take months or even years to develop! However, if you are dedicated to these
virtues and try each and every day to stick to them, you will see results you never thought possible!
The first muscle building virtue is consistency. It doesn’t matter if your routine is sub-par or your diet is
lacking (although these can certainly delay your progress), as long as you are working hard every single day to be
the best that you can be, you are on the right track.
Consistency involves going to the gym every scheduled gym day - even if that means waking up at 4 am or going
after a long day of work. The mental toughness needed to consistently workout and eat properly is extreme, but a
guarantee you that after the first few months it will start to become second nature.
To build muscle efficiently and effectively, you not
only need consistency but you also need knowledge. By knowledge, I am referring to the willingness to learn and
research the most recent exercise and nutrition information.
As Sir Francis Bacon once said, “knowledge is power”. Once you start educating yourself on proper training
methods and nutrition you will find that you will require less time to see results and you will waste less time and
Common sense. While this may be something everyone has, it may take a while to fully develop it while lifting.
When I say common sense, I am referring to the ability to realize when you are overtraining or pushing your body
Common sense is about knowing your limits and taking care of your body. By having common sense in and out of the
gym you will avoid injury and illness and be able to lift longer and more effectively.
The fourth important virtue for building muscle is patience. I know, I know, you have probably heard the saying,
“patience is a virtue” many times from your elders. But its true - to be a good lifter you need to be patient.
Rushing your training or diet can lead to decreases in strength and muscle mass. Take things slow (like your
calorie intake for one), and try to remember that progress will come eventually.
Finally, the fifth important virtue for muscle building is hard work. You may have realized that this lifting
business is tough. Well, it probably won’t come as a surprise when I say that it will take a lot of hard work to
reach your goals and get where you want to be. Every time you’re in the gym, give each set, each rep, your best.
When you think you can’t do one more, do two. Go past your mental barriers and blast through growth plateaus!