Since releasing the MuscleNOW natural bodybuilding program in 1997, many thousands of copies have been sold, and the most requested feature has been a video demonstrating all of the required workout methods. Many are visual learners who prefer to absorb information through watching as opposed to reading, and seeing the MuscleNOW methods put into action helps to easily convey the process in an understandable fashion.
Finally, just a week ago, I launched a 2.5 hour long video showing all of the MuscleNOW workout methods in great detail, providing not only instruction but also motivation and inspiration. The MuscleNOW video covers proper form for all required exercises, demos three full MuscleNOW workouts from Plan A, shows how to perform advanced MuscleNOW methods that bring muscle growth to another level, and provides tips and tricks to maximize each of your MuscleNOW training sessions. You will see how to train the MuscleNOW way, and by implementing the workout methods shown in the MuscleNOW video, you will build more muscle mass than you ever thought possible.
There are many variables that constitute an effective natural bodybuilding program, from the correct number of sets and reps to properly combining foods to produce the most effective protein, carbohydrate and fat ratio, yet often the order of weight training exercises falls by the wayside, with convenience replacing a structured workout approach. Can haphazardly choosing when to perform a certain exercise cause development in other muscle groups to lag?
There’s nothing more frustrating than entering a gym and finding that the machine or station you need to begin your workout with is occupied (which is one reason why I perform my workouts at home, and always have). Having to wait an undisclosed period of time for equipment to free up prompts many to simply reorganize a workout to capitalize on whatever machine happens to be available, and the downside of such an approach can be significant. For example, if the scheduled body parts to train are chest and shoulders, when the bench press happens to be occupied but the shoulder press machine is free, it’s very tempting to simply switch the order of exercises, performing shoulder press first, followed by bench press later, when the station becomes available. But by doing so, the shoulder muscles, which play an assisting role in bench press, fatigue, which causes them to fail prematurely during the later bench press exercise, robbing the chest from adequate overload.
There are numerous similar examples of how performing one exercise before another can adversely impact muscle growth, so it’s very important to structure a natural bodybuilding program in a way that does not fatigue assisting muscle groups before they play their pivotal role in training a major body part (such as targeting shoulders before chest, biceps before back, etc), and when in a public gym setting where a machine is occupied, see if a similar exercise is available that serves as a suitable replacement, or ask to share the machine you were planning to use so that each muscle group is fatigued in the correct way for optimum results.
Timing of weight training sessions is one of the most important factors in achieving maximum muscle mass improvements, but not for the reason many believe. Often it’s thought that there is an exact exact time of the day that always forces the body to achieve superior progress, with some opting for early morning or afternoon workouts because they hear that this provides some biological muscle building advantage.
But in reality, morning, afternoon and evening workouts are objectively identical in their muscle building potency, so why, you may ask, did I mention workout timing as being such an important concept in achieving maximum muscle growth? Because bodybuilding is a hobby that is fueled by intensity with weights, and a sub-par workout leads to disappointing results. Therefore, selecting a weight training time that is consistent with the most energetic and least distracting part of the day is ideal, so that the mind and body can devote 100% effort to moving the most weight, and in turn producing the greatest muscle gains.
But what if the most energetic time of the day happens to be occupied by a job, school or some other requirement that prohibits scheduling a weight training session? If it’s impossible to rearrange daily activities so that weight training occurs in a perfect time slot, then schedule a workout at the most energetic non-conflicting time, but always remember that muscle mass gains will be best with maximum workout effort.
It’s important to try and avoid workout times that force rushing through a weight training session, if at all possible, as this type of pressure generally leads to eventual skipped workouts, and inconsistency is the foundation for poor progress (a fact that any natural bodybuilder will attest to). In the case of a very hectic schedule, workout time may need to occur at a less than ideal part of the day, but if this is the only choice, it’s far better to plan a weight training session whenever free time allows as opposed to avoiding bodybuilding completely and achieving nothing, as it’s still possible to produce impressive results when training at a time when energy may not be at its highest point of the day.
The MuscleNOW natural bodybuilding program provides numerous weight training plans that fit even the most demanding of schedules, and I, the author, am available to all MuscleNOW clients as their Lifetime Email Personal Trainer, where I can tailor the workout to provide the ideal workout for whatever schedule limitations may be present.