Another muscle question

  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Jan 09, 2012 10:42 PM GMT
    Hey guys. I was hoping to get some advise with regards to muscle building.

    1. If I'm working biceps for example, after my workout should I feel stiff or anything close to that, because currently I go workout and walk out feeling pretty much the same as I walked in just a little tired.

    2. I'm trying to bulk up on my arms- is it cool to workout one area like triceps more than once a week, should I even need to be doing that.

    3. This is just in general- how long should it take to start seeing results with regards to arms.

    Thanks
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Jan 09, 2012 10:54 PM GMT
    GregoSA saidHey guys. I was hoping to get some advise with regards to muscle building.

    1. If I'm working biceps for example, after my workout should I feel stiff or anything close to that, because currently I go workout and walk out feeling pretty much the same as I walked in just a little tired.

    2. I'm trying to bulk up on my arms- is it cool to workout one area like triceps more than once a week, should I even need to be doing that.

    3. This is just in general- how long should it take to start seeing results with regards to arms.

    Thanks


    1. You should feel like you just worked your ass off, but not stiff or sore. Don't worry, if you worked hard enough, that will come the next day.

    2. If you're just starting, I wouldn't workout any muscle group more than once a week. Get some more experience with lifting, and then you can gradually start working certain muscle groups twice per week. Any more than that and you won't be giving yourself enough time to recover and grow.

    3. Everyone is different, but assuming you're lifting properly and eating correctly, you should start to see noticeable results within just a couple months. For me, since I was very thin, it only took about 6 weeks to see some small gains. Then, by the fourth month, I started to look a lot different. Work hard, and have fun!
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Jan 09, 2012 11:00 PM GMT
    ingenious84 1. You should feel like you just worked your ass off, but not stiff or sore. Don't worry, if you worked hard enough, that will come the next day.

    2. If you're just starting, I wouldn't workout any muscle group more than once a week. Get some more experience with lifting, and then you can gradually start working certain muscle groups twice per week. Any more than that and you won't be giving yourself enough time to recover and grow.

    3. Everyone is different, but assuming you're lifting properly and eating correctly, you should start to see noticeable results within just a couple months. For me, since I was very thin, it only took about 6 weeks to see some small gains. Then, by the fourth month, I started to look a lot different. Work hard, and have fun!


    What a legend! Thanks man!!
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Jan 09, 2012 11:41 PM GMT
    yeah, the stiffness and soreness should come the next day, and can last a few days.

    I wouldn't do the same muscle group more than once, doesn't give you time to recover.
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Jan 09, 2012 11:46 PM GMT
    Don't be discouraged by not being sore. I never got sore for the longest time and I thought I was doing something wrong but it was then when I made my best gains. As long as you are doing the proper workouts and technique and working to your maximum you'll be fine.
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Jan 10, 2012 2:42 AM GMT
    Soreness isn't indicative of a good workout. The absence of soreness is also not indicative of a bad workout. Don't feel like you have to be sore to get results.
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Jan 10, 2012 2:46 AM GMT
    Yes you need should try to work the arms hard enough to feel sore the next day... i love that sore feeling.
  • rafiki87

    Posts: 331

    Jan 10, 2012 3:21 AM GMT
    Soreness is basically stored lactic acid... you can get rid of it by stretching after your cooldown or doing light cardio the following day to cycle out the lactic acid.
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Jan 10, 2012 4:04 AM GMT
    100% agree with ingenious

    Only thing, for the future after you're comfortable with lifting, Triceps as a whole are a larger muscle group. If you're looking for purely muscle girth in your arms, doing a triceps workout every 4 days will bulk them up really quick. On that note, don't ignore the other groups, they all work in synergy, so if you have weak shoulders, having big/strong arms won't matter.

    good luck!
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Jan 10, 2012 9:09 AM GMT
    GregoSA saidHey guys. I was hoping to get some advise with regards to muscle building.

    1. If I'm working biceps for example, after my workout should I feel stiff or anything close to that, because currently I go workout and walk out feeling pretty much the same as I walked in just a little tired.

    2. I'm trying to bulk up on my arms- is it cool to workout one area like triceps more than once a week, should I even need to be doing that.

    3. This is just in general- how long should it take to start seeing results with regards to arms.

    Thanks


    When you are just starting, yes its normal. When you change your workout, yes its normal.

    Otherwise, you just have to know that you competed your workout and it took effort to do it.

    If you can still hold a conversation while doing these exercises and don't feel like you NEED to rest after the set.. you might need to change it up or add weight.

    I've found that free weights + compound arm exercises have really helped I still do some bicep curls and close grip bench press, but the focus for me has been to bulk up. I'm a fan of gaining all around as opposed to in spots.
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Jan 26, 2012 7:00 PM GMT
    Every body has got a different body shape and composition. Generally if you are shorter, it is easier to build up girth; if you are longer and leaner, it is easier to get vascular. Don't try to be a body type you are not - your skeleton has already decided what type of body shape you are going to have, and you are not going to change that. You have to learn to know YOUR body and learn to appreciate what you have, and go from there. You can always add mass, or get leaner, but just know from the start it is going to be in your shape. Girls can put on all the make-up they want - they're not going to be Jennifer Aniston or Angelina Jolie. Angelina Jolie will not / can not be Jennifer Aniston.

    As for working out... It is all all all intensity, form and diet. Without intensity, nothing is going to happen, you're just getting your heart rate up a little like gym class. Without correct form, nothing is going to happen except hurt yourself and someone around you, and without diet, you might as well just jack off in the showers because you're just using the gym as a place to exercise not a place to build anything. On the other hand, your body needs time, rest and supplements / building blocks to grow.

    Trainers are there for a reason, why not ask one who can look at you and your shape and your physical all-around existence and let you know what you need to know. But I definitely recommend finding a trainer you want to look like - and skip over the many many trainers who are there for the suburban one-a-weekers or there to "pick up chicks." (I swear I don't know how some of these guys ever ever got certified or if they ever look in the mirror themselves.)

    Once you get serious,stay serious, put your headphones on and don't make the gym a social place. You're not there to talk to buddies. Look at the guys who are talking... And decide if your real goal is to look like them. That will keep you from talking.

  • Jan 27, 2012 2:21 AM GMT
    GregoSA saidHey guys. I was hoping to get some advise with regards to muscle building.

    1. If I'm working biceps for example, after my workout should I feel stiff or anything close to that, because currently I go workout and walk out feeling pretty much the same as I walked in just a little tired.

    2. I'm trying to bulk up on my arms- is it cool to workout one area like triceps more than once a week, should I even need to be doing that.

    3. This is just in general- how long should it take to start seeing results with regards to arms.

    Thanks

    It is ok that you don't feel much pain after a work out.
    The most important is good form, switch up your work outs.
    Research has shown that muscle confusion helps with hypertrophy

    General rule;
    You need to rest 48 hrs before hitting the same muscle again.

    I am a trainer
  • tuffguyndc

    Posts: 4437

    Jan 27, 2012 2:24 AM GMT
    I am going to give you some advice. Get a trainer and go buy a book called book of exercises. Its only $15
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Jan 27, 2012 7:36 PM GMT
    Ah, to be 18 again....

    You are ripe for training!! But only arms? I hope you're doing the entire body workout. Nothing looks silly than big guns and a puny chest or well-built torso and skinny legs. For symmetry and proportions, you have to hit every body part at every angle using machines and/or free weights and always use proper form when doing exercises lest you tear or sprain a muscle which is FAR from being "sore".

    Tackle each body part with intensity and commitment. Don't skimp on any of them if you hate doing leg exercises or feel that certain body parts are fine but others need catching up. ALL of your body parts are going to need a gooooood workout and you'll feel and look better for completing the exercises. Here's a tip: I used to dread doing squats or any type of ab exercises and saved it for last. By the time, I got to them, I was "tired" and promised to do it the next time around. Those promises went unfulfilled. Now I start with those exercises first and blast past the torture! It feels GREAT to leave the gym feeling swole!

    As you know, diet and exercise are synonymous in bodybuilding. If you want a built body, you have to eat heavy and train heavy. If you want a lean body, eat light and train light. Do a search on RJ, BodyBuilding.com or Google (it's FREE, no need to buy a book!) and you'll find scores of goal-oriented meal plans specifically designed for your body type.

    If you're overwhelmed or unsure which direction you want to take, ask a trainer, a friend who is into bodybuilding or some guys here on RJ for pointers, advice or guidance. Stick with the one you feel comfortable with (if he is willing to be your advisor) so you will not get conflicting information/different advice even though each will garner you the same results.

    Lastly, stay focused and committed if you truly want a better body - inside and out. We all look forward to your progress. Good luck and good health!
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Jan 30, 2012 6:34 PM GMT
    Something that's helped me a lot when I feel like maybe i didn't work hard enough was starting to write down how many reps/sets for each exercise. Get a little book at a dollar store and write it down. That way, each week you know exactly what you have to do to make some progress. Sometimes you may not be sore, that doesn't necessarily mean you didn't work the muscles.