Taking steroids might get you big and bulky in a relatively short amount of time. But it’s also risky and a bit of a cheat. Why would you want to cheat your way to a nice body?
It’s far more rewarding when you put in some time and hard work to achieve a prized physique. Luckily for you, there are certain things you can do that don’t involve the use of steroids. You just have to be on your game to see this out.
Train with a high intensity
This doesn’t mean you should grunt and groan while lifting, because that’s going to annoy everyone within earshot. But you should step on the gas and hit the weights pretty hard. When you do this, your body naturally releases a high amount of testosterone, which is pivotal for muscle growth.
In order to train at a high intensity, you need to lift some heavy iron. Also, add some sprint intervals into your mix. These will definitely get your heart rate revving and you will also get a good testosterone boost.
Use compound exercises
This is more like a continuation of the first tip. But it’s something you need to know. Compound exercises will help you get your high-intensity pump, because they require you to engage multiple muscles and joints at the same time.
When you do this, you will recruit more overall muscle fiber, which is good news for your physique. Additionally, since you are using multiple muscles, you will be able to shove heavier weights around and get even more bang for your buck.
Work out on an empty stomach
You can also call this “fast before you work out.” Why is fasting cool to do before you work out? Two reasons. First of all, it will prevent you from vomiting when you go hardcore, which means you’ll avoid being laughed at or talked about by your gym friends.
Second, working out fasted contributes to a significant rise in testosterone and growth hormone. We keep coming back to this, but it’s important because it’s these hormones that give you the ability to build muscle. So you’d better treat them right.
Although it’s smart to work out fasted, it’s also smart to eat right and eat well when you aren’t training. In fact, your muscles rely on proper nutrients to grow, repair, and be fueled.
Your goal is to get enough calories into your system, but don’t overdo it, as that can lead to fat gain. You’ll have to play around with your intake, but as an easy rule of thumb, don’t let yourself get hungry.
And make sure to get a balance of protein, carbs, and fat. A lot of self-proclaimed experts love to eliminate carbs or go high-protein and do a number of spinoffs of this. There’s no need for that. As long as you are following a balanced plan you’ll be fine.
Your body needs protein for muscle repair, carbs for energy, and fat for joint function, brain function, and hormone function. Why would you want to eliminate one of these?
Take the right supplements
Just because you aren’t using steroids, it doesn’t mean you have to avoid supplements. There are a lot of them out there that can aid in muscle-building, energy-boosting, and muscle recovery.
Good ones to choose are whey protein powder, maca, greens powder, glutamine, and NO2. Always take these as directed and make sure to recognize any side effects that might crop up. You want to gain an advantage in your workouts, and being folded over with massive stomach cramps is not an advantage.
As you can see, there are a lot of things you can do to get muscled up without the use of steroids. Sometimes you just want to take the easy way out. But nothing in life that’s valuable ever comes easily. Just do the work, put in the time, and you’ll be a rock star before you know it.