Don’t be embarrassed to wear ankle or knee braces when beginning your muscle gain routine.
Often skinny guys can have weak joints because there isn’t enough muscle tissue around the joint to properly stabilize it under stress.
Lifting heavy weights can, therefore, be a recipe for injury if proper precautions aren’t taken into consideration.
Steps to Prevent Joint Injury
By following these easy steps you can prevent joint injury while your joint stabilizing muscles are getting stronger.
Buy and wear quality wrist, knee and ankle braces when beginning weight training for the first time.
Have a friend spot you during heavier lifts.
Use a squat rack when doing squats or overhead lifts.
Use machines instead of free weights to control side to side movement.
Know your limitations, don’t try too heavy lifting too soon.
Perform slow, controlled, and steady reps instead of fast, jerky, and uncontrolled ones.
A joint injury can put the brakes on your body building routine and can even require surgery if the injury is severe. Therefore, it’s just not worth the risk.
When Will My Joints Be Strong Enough?
As your muscles develop around the weak joints they will become stronger and more able to stabilize your body during heavy lifting or movement. This takes some time, but soon you can be less restrictive in your workout by removing braces and using more free weight exercises.
Some of the above guidelines should always be followed in order to prevent injury and keep you on the path to building solid muscle. Don’t take chances or risks with the health of your joints.
Young guys often feel invincible and take big risks at the gym or on the sports field. Many live to regret this when they end up with life-long joint problems and injuries.
Protect and strengthen your joints to ensure that you not only develop a great body, but also so it functions like it’s supposed to.
I wanted to share a bit of my own journey from skinny to muscle.
After all, I’m not just a guy with a website, but I am also a success story of how with a little work you can build muscle and look great.
I never had an issue with being overweight and have always been skinny. I had some natural muscle tone and I would workout off and on through the years, but would usually get frustrated with the lack of progress and give up. Continue reading →
The good news is that soreness after a workout is a sign that you are challenging your muscles to grow larger.
The bad news is that it can affect your future workouts if not treated. The faster you recover from soreness, the quicker you will be able to continue your progress.
What Causes Muscle Soreness?
When you are working your muscles harder or longer than the rate oxygen can be supplied to the muscle tissue for the burning of glucose, the muscles must switch into anaerobic respiration.
This is how the muscles can keep pumping even after all available oxygen is used up. Unfortunately, this process isn’t as efficient and the by-product is lactic acid.
Lactic acid builds up in the muscles until it can be flushed out causing soreness.
How to Recover Quicker?
I always found prevention is best. Ease into workout routines slowly or new exercises slowly. Don’t go gun ho right off the bat or you will be very sore. Gradually build up your reps and weight.
If it’s too late and you are already sore, the best way to get over the soreness quicker is to drink plenty of water, do some stretching, and do light exercises that activate the sore muscle groups.
This will pump the lactic acid from the muscle tissue and allow them to feel normal again.
If your gym has a vibration plate like PowerPlate, this also is a good way to get rid of soreness. I’ve found that the vibrations help clear the muscles of the lactic acid, allowing for quicker recovery.
Here is a video about how to relieve the muscle soreness and tightness and boost the performance of your next session.
I gained 20 pounds of muscle and that’s undoubtedly the best of the shape I have ever been.