Weight Training Newbies Waste Time Isolating Muscles

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There are two main things to consider when it comes to newbies packing on muscle mass 1.) Diet, and 2.) type of resistance training. Diet is a given, you need an optimal balance between calories, protein and carbs to ensure you feed muscle to prompt growth. However, all too often people will go into the gym and focus on nothing but chest and biceps, then the next day they’ll target the triceps and back, and then maybe do a little legs in order to grow. This will work to an extent, but if overall muscle mass is your goal then you will see far quicker gains performing compound movements such as deadlift, squats and bench. The nature of these movements mean you recruit a number of muscle groups as well as spiking hormones such as growth hormone and testosterone.

Don’t waste time focussing on individual muscle groups for the first few months, earn the right to develop those peaked biceps, or those sweeping quads by hitting the compound moves.

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Job Role Qualified Dietitian and Sports Nutritionist Qualifications BSc (Hons) Sports Science | BSc (Hons) Dietetics Tom has always participated in sport both recreationally and competitively which led to an unquenchable thirst for information on anything health, nutrition and fitness. After leaving school Tom went on to play for a football academy during which time he studied Sport and Exercise Science. From here he went on to study a BSc (Hons) Sport Science at UEA followed by his second BSc (Hons) degree, this time at the University of Hertfordshire studying Dietetics. Tom has worked in the fitness, educational and clinical nutrition industry starting out at David Lloyd Health and Leisure Clubs. He then went on to work as a Dietitian (RD) in the NHS, during which time he conducted clinics for healthy eating, weight loss and weight gain, as well as specialised consultations on Diabetes, IBS and Coeliac disease to name a few. He has vast amounts of experience at devising diet plans and supplement regimens, as well as working in the community with schools and competitive athletes. As Head Nutritionist and Supplement expert at Discount Supplements Tom is here to provide current and evidence based health and nutrition information to help you reach your health and fitness goals!
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