Life is full of things you must do to achieve success. A very old proverb says the more seeds you sow the more you reap. For that we work so hard to study in order to get good grades to better our lot in life. Musicians spend so much time training with their equipment to perform better than others. Ace athletes spend time fine tuning their skills to achieve better than others. This is a logic in life that we all know is true. Therefore, following that logic, muscle builders work very hard and long in the gym to achieve a sculpted muscles. However, here the logic does not follow because any muscle builder who works 10 hours per day is setting up himself for destruction.
In muscle sculpting, what holds true is balanced workouts not long hour workouts. The question now should be if that is the case, how long should I workout to achieve a sculpted muscles? Before going any further, I want to briefly explain the basics of the muscle building.
There are complex metabolic processes that maintains the body's functionality. The end result is a body that is free from disease, healthy, and hearty. The natural process has allowed the body to respond to stimulus if and when prompted by any internal and external stimuli. Such events as hunger is indicated by the glucose level in the body falling below the normal mark, this is an internal stimulus, when this happens, we feel hungry. Another one is sneezing is a reaction to an external stimulus. It happens when we smell the odour of something we are allergic to. These and so many others are the chemical processes that goes on in the body and the body has a way of sending signal to the brain to activate the needed response.
Muscle sculpting activity is an external stimulus. When we lift more weight, we gain more muscle mass as a reaction to the weight upon it. However, we will strain the muscles if we continue to bear more loads on it. Granted, it will respond by getting bigger in mass as it develops resistance to the weight upon it. As you add, the muscle keep growing in size to handle more weight. It sounds so easy to gain muscle mass here isn't it?
However, we are doing something very wrong here. By using your muscles this way, you are not allowing your muscles to grow in a healthy fashion. Because, for your muscles to grow healthy, the muscles need time to adapt to each weight increase you add to it and thus recover from the strain each time. When you neglect this process, it will get to a point that your muscles will simply stop growing.
Why we use the gym is for quality training, not quantity training. If you over stress your muscles, you will be doing severe damage to your system. It is like working for a whole day without resting, you will eventually reach a point of exhaustion and possibly pass out.
Therefore my recommendations is this:
1. You should not overdo your trainings no matter your circumstances.
2. Your exercise routine in the gym should not exceed three or four times per week.
3. Do not exercise more than 1 hour per day!
Follow the guide and you will enjoy a healthy sculpted and muscular body.