Addressing Your Long-Term Goals
Any program worth its salt will also fit your long-term goals. You may want to increase your bench by a certain amount in 12 weeks, or lose a pound of fat per week until you reach your desired body composition – but those are extremely short term goals!
Training is a lifelong endeavor, and building a great physique and significant strength will take years. Sure, you can make great leaps in development in a short amount of time, but you should not have to hop from one program to the next every few months.
So, pick a program – or better yet, a set of training principles – that will keep you moving forward, even as you occasionally shift focus from muscle gain to fat loss. An important step in an advanced Muscle Building Workouts plan.
Fancy exercises can have their place in a routine, especially once you’ve reached an advanced level of development and need different movements to keep progressing.
For any beginner or intermediate lifter, however, the majority of a good program should be basic movements – squats, presses, pulls and their variations with barbell and dumbbells.
Machines and cables can work well, too, but even then, you’re generally better off using machines that simply mimic a barbell exercise in a fixed plane of motion.
If you look at the way most world-class bodybuilders and power lifters train, even they rarely deviate from tried and true exercises.
Here’s one element that far too many muscle mag programs lack – progression! You can do endless sets and reps of every exercise imaginable, but your progress will soon come to a halt if you’re not adding weight to the bar.
And, while this may seem obvious to lifters who haven’t spent too much time on the internet and message boards, the myth still prevails that you don’t need to get stronger to build muscle.
Still, adding weight to the bar isn’t the only way to progress, and you’re not going to be able to go heavier and heavier all the time. Other forms of progression include extra reps, extra sets, extra sessions and even shorter rest periods.
Heavier weights should always be the end goal, but you’ll still be moving in the right direction if you can track tangible progress from one session to the next.