Vital Nutra If you don't eat frequently enough, you can slow down the rate at which your body creates new proteins, which create muscle tissue. Divide the total number of calories you need in a day by 6, and try to shoot for 6 mini-meals spread out over the course of the day. Bring your diet into your overall muscle-building strategy. You need to do things like increasing protein and avoiding foods rich in fat. This does not mean you should eat more food; this means you should have a more balanced diet. Vitamins and protein supplements may also help you to boost your results. Utilize the rest-pause method in your workouts. This method claims that your muscles usually gain up to 90% of its strength back in just a matter of 10 to 20 seconds. In order to do it effectively, pick a heavy weight that can cause you to go to failure at a particular rep, such as eight to ten reps, and then stop after short couple reps. Rest for around 10 to 20 seconds, and then resume your reps. Stretching after you do an exercise can be just as important as stretching during a warm-up! Immediately, after you have worked on a muscle group, do a stretch that focuses on that group and hold the stretch position for a good 90 seconds. This will stretch out the fascia (the connective tissue surrounding the muscle) and encourage more muscle growth. A muscle workout offers a number of benefits to your life in general, not just your health, and you don't need to bulk up to get these benefits. Doing this can improve your self esteem, increase your strength, and help get your joints and lungs in better shape. It's especially effective when done in conjunction with a medium level or lower cardio workout. If you are a beginner at building muscle, try to focus your lifting routine so that you can do between 8 and 12 repetitions of each exercise. If you are able to do more, then you probably are not lifting a heavy enough load. By giving yourself a goal, you will also help to ensure that you continue working out until you reach the point of fatigue.