Muscle Building Tips

Posted by Beni Cook

Muscle Building Tips

  1. Before you get big you need to get lean first. If you are a guy, you really need to get to under 10% body fat before you start to think about consuming excess calories. If you are female, aim for under 18%.
  2. If you are eating excess calories for maximum muscle growth, do not let yourself go above 15% body fat if you are a male, and 22% body fat if you are a female. The more fat you carry, the more efficient your body becomes at storing even more fat.
  3. You only need a slight amount of calories above your maintenance level in order to build muscle. Unfortunately, you can’t force feed muscle growth. That being said, a lot of people, particularly naturally skinny people, don’t eat enough consistently in order to build muscle. A good starting point is to aim for 16 to 18 calories per pound of bodyweight.
  4. Pick nutrient-dense food when trying to eat enough calories for muscle growth. Red meat, whole eggs and salmon are superior to chicken, turkey and white fish.
Beni Cook
Beni Cook is the Head Personal Trainer and Founder of Beyond Best. Beni is a health and fitness expert who develops individualised exercise programs that will meet your own short and long-term objectives, while providing information, advice and encouragement that will enable you to lead your healthiest life, every day.

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