Build Lean Muscle Fast
By Setting Goals

In this motivational article I discuss how setting goals can help you build lean muscle fast. What is a common trait that successful bodybuilders and entrepreneurs share? They both set and plan goals.

In the world of bodybuilding the same rules apply as in the real world. You have two choices, you can either set goals and work towards them systematically, or you can not set any goals and aimlessly push weights around the gym.

If you reasoning for hitting the gym is vaguely to "get a bit fitter", then that's all you will achieve. On the other hand, if you want to build lean muscle fast and reach the body you've always dreamed of, then you're going to have to do your homework on the subject. That means doing a bit of research here and there, getting a diet and workout plan put together, and most importantly, setting goals!

Write your main goal.

In general, goals should be set on different levels, and they should be reviewed at regular intervals and also modified if needed.

Firstly, you need to set your main goal. Your goal may be building lean muscle mass, or getting ripped. Or perhaps getting a little bit larger and stronger for your particular sport. Whatever it is, write it down.

Then you need to put a number to it, and also a time frame. You need to be realistic though, and not write down goals that you know are too hard to achieve. Your goals should be do-able.

So for example, your goal could be to add 10 pounds of muscle in 8 weeks. Or another example is wanting to lose 20 pounds by the end of spring so that you look great for summer.

Whatever your goal, remember to physically write it down somewhere and put it somewhere where you can read it everyday.

Write your secondary goals.

As well as writing down a main goal for you to reach, you should also write down smaller, secondary goals that will help you reach your main goal.

You can divide these secondary goals into two sections, nutrition goals and workout goals. These are the two main elements needed to either build lean muscle fast or burn excess body fat.

Nutrition goals.

Your diet is key to any bodybuilding and fitness goals. The saying "you are what you eat" is so very true. Writing down a diet plan is definitely recommended if you want to see the best results.

This means writing down all your meals and making sure you're having the right amount of calories and types of foods that will lead you to your goals.

Whether you're building lean muscle mass or burning fat, those who are serious about their goal will have a daily meal plan to follow with all the amounts of protein, carbohydrates, and fats all calculated.

Workout goals.

In the gym it's important that you set goals. If your aim is building muscle mass, then you should be aiming to improve in your workouts each week.

That means that for all your exercises, each week you should strive to either slightly increase the amount of reps you performed for each exercise, or the amount of weight.

Only by this progression will you get stronger and therefore build lean muscle fast. Record the weight and number of reps for all your exercises on paper so that you know what you have to beat for next time. I bring a little notebook to the gym with me record all this.

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