Some moves should not be done with excess weight, so be careful which ones you choose to do with heavy loads. Exercising your neck, doing split squats, and doing dips can all compromise your joints and put you in jeopardy of getting seriously injured. Instead, use heavier weights primarily for exercises such as rows, presses, deadlifts and squats.
Your diet should include a great deal of fresh, whole foods as this will make it easier to boost muscle mass. Steer clear of foods that are boxed and pre-packaged, as these contain fillers, chemicals and preservatives that can cause disease and hamper your immune system. Eating a healthy diet boosts your immune system and will increase the effectiveness of your exercise routine.
If you want to increase your muscle mass, you must be careful about your caloric consumption. There is good calorie intake and bad, so you need to be aware of what foods are healthy for building muscle and what is bad. Making poor dietary choices may lead to fat gain, instead of muscle growth.
Many people start upping their protein intake right after they start a bodybuilding program. This rapid increase in calories can actually increase body fat if you do not exercise enough to offset them. Up your protein intake over time, 100-200 calories every three to four days, to ensure your body can keep up. Try to achieve new personal bests when you lift weights. Keep increasing the weight you try lifting. Set goals for amount of sets or reps with different weights. This will give you some competitive motivation which can make your workouts more fun. Many people begin increasing their protein intake immediately upon beginning a program to build muscle which is a mistake. Starting too soon will increase your caloric intake as well, leading to fat deposits. Try gradually increasing your protein about three hundred calories every few days so that your body can start building muscle better.