I used to avoid the gym as much as I could. I was scared...intimidated…
And I was small.
I wanted to look like the jacked guys who walked in and out of here on a regular basis. I wanted big, sleeve-stretching arms with girls hanging off them.
But I had no clue where to start. So I did what any other scared teenager would do - hopped on a treadmill for thirty minutes and then did arms.
As you can probably guess, my body didn’t change. I stayed soft. I stayed small. I lacked confidence. Girls wanted nothing to do with me. I wore baggy clothes to hide a body I was ashamed of.
Finally, I started doing workouts I’d find on bodybuilding.com or in Muscle & Fitness. You know the ones - the workouts done by your favorite juiced up bodybuilding who lived, slept, breathed, and shit training?
Clearly those workouts had to work, right?
I started hitting the gym 6 days per week, for 2 hours. And I started seeing some results. But that was more a result of actually started to train consistently, rather than following a well-designed training plan for me.
Because eventually I got burned out. I couldn’t keep that up.
There had to be a better way. So I did what I did best: researched and studied. I applied my experience studying Aerospace Engineering to building muscle. I started tracking my protein, carbs, and fat. I read everything I could about lifting weights.
I knew there had to be a better way. A way to spend less time in the gym while still seeing great results. After all, regular guys who didn’t have hours per day to dedicate to the gym had great physiques...why couldn’t I?
Then almost by accident, I stumbled across it as a result of needed to spend less time in the gym because of school. I used to spend hours in the gym, chasing the pump. But I didn’t have time. So instead, I started pushing myself harder. As hard as I could. So hard my muscles couldn’t move the weight another inch.
And something started happening...
I weighed 150 lb. when I left home for university at the end of August. A few months later, I returned for Christmas break a lean 177 lb. I walked in the door, and my brother took one look at me and said, “holy crap…your neck is huge!”
And it’s this discovery I made that became the foundation for the November Workout of the Month - The Lean, Dense Muscle Protocol
Lean, Dense Muscle - Punch Your Ticket to Jacked
The mistake I was making in the gym - spending hours multiple days per week chasing the pump - is the same mistake I see guys making all the time.
It’s based off the same belief I had years ago that came from those workouts I found - that building muscle is hard, and takes a lot of time in the gym each week to accomplish.
The first part of that is true - building muscle is hard. If it weren’t, everyone would be yoked.
But it doesn’t need to take a lot of time. In fact, if you want to build more muscle, you should train less.
Muscle is built as a result of fatigue. And the more efficiently you can fatigue a muscle, the less often you need to train.
Most people equate training less with less results. But when you’re training intelligently, and making the most of your time in the gym, you actually don’t need to spend hours there at all.