Your To-Do List for Building More Muscle

A man working on building more muscle

A man working on building more muscle | Holly Stein/Getty Images

The tricky thing about fitness — or life, for that matter — is that there is no definitive road map. Most people adopt working out as a way to get in shape, improve their self-confidence, or maybe just try and become more appealing to potential partners. These may be simplistic goals, but they’re goals nonetheless. And establishing goals is the very first thing you need to do when deciding to adopt a lifestyle change that includes getting in shape.

If the shortest distance between two points is a straight line, then you have to establish two points to create a framework — and those two points are where you are now, and where you want to be, your goal. Now, the challenge is to construct that line which will get you there. Although, we all know that progress isn’t attained so easily. Reaching our goals is often a meandering journey with plenty of setbacks.

But if you want it bad enough, you’ll get there.

If you determine that your goal is to build some serious muscle, having a body like a young Arnold Schwarzenegger (maybe not quite that muscular) is your goal. Now, you just need to put together a plan to get there.

The Cheat Sheet is here to help, yet again. If you’re truly starting from scratch, and hoping to pack on some serious muscle, you’ll need to have the most fundamental fitness routine elements in place. That may mean tearing your daily habits up, and rebuilding. It might mean a few simple tweaks. Either way, you’ll need a step-by-step guide that covers the basics of how to get to your goal.

And here it is, in five easy-to-follow points. This is your muscle building to-do list.