There are a variety of reasons why people want to build up their muscles. Some want to grow their muscles perhaps to get into shape for a competition while others do it just for a change or even good health.

Whatever the reason, muscle building requires the right approach and the right kind of strength training equipment. Unless you do it correctly, dieting or exercising alone will not help you achieve the results you want. Use the following ten ways to accelerate muscle growth successfully:

1. Increase Protein Intake

The protein intake in the body should be enough for muscle building. People doing more intense workouts for muscle growth need more protein intake.

This is because muscles are worn out during intense training. The body uses protein to build back the muscles through protein synthesis.

Protein intake should roughly sit between .8 and 1 gram of protein per bodyweight. can be lower can be higher depending on the person.

2. Eat More Calories

Adding more calories to your meals will help you gain weight which is needed in muscle growth.

To gain muscle, eating in a calorie surplus is paramount. This is not the time for a calorie deficit. The extra calories will give your body the extra fuel it needs to build more muscle on top of functioning daily.

3. Get Enough Sleep

Scientists recommend at least seven to eight hours of sleep every night. Your body releases a hormone responsible for human growth while sleeping, thus muscle growth.

Sleeping for less than the recommended eight hours per night lowers the levels of the testosterone responsible for muscle growth.

Not getting enough sleep can lead to stress which results in the production of the hormone cortisol. Cortisol burns the built muscles.

4. Break From Working Out

Work out for four days every week and rest for the remaining. Your body will recover during the resting days and thus prevent injuries.

Eat carbohydrates during your rest days to enhance muscle rebuilding. Protein breakdown is slowed by the increased insulin levels.

5. If You Use Protein Drinks - Use only a High-Quality Protein Powder

Physical workouts put additional strain on the body - as well as an increased demand for nutrients. You don't need shakes to gain weight/muscle.

But, if you choose to use such supplements then a high-quality protein powder is important - not just using any protein powder.

6. Workout Your Entire Body

Do full-body exercises regardless of where you want to increase the muscles. This will help in the production of more muscle building hormones.

Compound movements give you the best bang for your buck when it comes to training. Exercises like Squats, Bench Press and Deadlifts will help increase strength and muscle.

You will achieve the muscle growth faster if you hit each set of muscles with the same volume of the workout.

7. Monitor Your Eating Frequency

People working to accelerate their muscle growth need to monitor their food intake to ensure adequate nutrition.

The number of meals you eat per day is very low on the list of priorities when it comes to building muscle. Calorie intake is king how you get there is less important.

8. Limit Cardio

Focusing too much on cardio will do more harm than good. You will lose your built muscles during a cardio session.

If you are intending to shed off the fat without losing the muscles, do mild cardio for no more than 30 minutes. Light jogging can also work.

9. Workout Timing

Talk to your trainer about the number of repetitions, length of workout and frequency of workouts.

Everyone is different and their health and physical circumstances will require a unique program. The important thing is to be consistent in your training.

10. Make Sure to Stretch

Stretching your muscles will make you more flexible, make your workouts more comfortable, and help you grow muscle.

Stretching out will also help you to recover faster after a workout and thus prevent injuries.

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