Bodybuilding is a lot more than just lifting weights; bodybuilding is about being the best version of yourself. Having a good physique is the main purpose of hitting the gym but you should also focus on gaining strength as you want to be as strong as you look. Strength is something that comes naturally, as you progress in the gym you will notice that you’ll be eating more and therefore the weight on the scale is going to go up but if you feel like you just don’t have the time and you want to get stronger faster we created this article to help you out. If you want to become stronger you need to keep it clean and simple, try the following tips and you will see you strength go up in no time.
Build a strong core: Strength comes from building a good core, if you make your back and legs your strongest body parts the rest will grow along with them, these muscle groups carry your whole body every single day. Most new lifters train chest, shoulders and arms, these are small muscle groups and therefore should be considered as secondary muscles; focus on the big body parts.
Stick to Compounds: If you want to be strong you need to lift like you mean it, stay away from the machines and do compound movements as they work your core and every existent muscle fiber in your body. Don’t overcomplicate your workout, we included a simple list of compound movements that every bodybuilder out there you should incorporate in their workout regime.
Legs: Squats, Front Squats, Stiff legged deadlifts, Hack squats.
Back: Deadlifts, Barbell Rows, Dumbbell Rows, T-Bar Rows.
Chest: Barbell Bench Press, Dumbbell Bench Press, Dumbbell Flyes, Dumbbell Pullovers.
Shoulders: Standing Shoulder Presses, Seated Shoulder Press, Side Laterals, Upward Lifts, Barbell Shrugs.
Arms: Barbell Curls, Dumbbell Curls, Tricep Kickbacks, Dips.
Calves: Donkey calf Raises.
Try new things: If you have been doing the same routine for the past few months try changing it up a little, the body gets used to everything you make it go through very fast so you want to confuse it as often as possible, if you tend to work out with barbells try doing dumbbells, if you’re doing deadlifts try doing rack pulls, if you normally do rows try doing pull ups, switch it up for a few months and then go back to your old routine, you will notice a huge strength difference in your lifts.
Work your way up: You can’t become stronger if you’re scared of the weight, there’s always that one person at the gym that stares in awe at the guy benching 405lbs, well, that guy had to start somewhere. You need to become stronger physically and mentally, each workout try to go heavier than in your past one, if you can’t lift the weight get someone to spot you and do assisted repetitions, every single time you do an exercise always try to go heavier.
Don’t be afraid to fail: If Arnold said it, it’s probably true, the only thing worse than failing is not trying at all, think positive and lift aggressively, if you didn’t achieve a power record at the gym this week you will surely do it the next, the key is to always keep trying as cliché as it may sound, you want to be that guy that was told he couldn’t do something and did it, nothing speaks more than progress does.