All exercises build muscle. Simple walking increases the heart rate. The heart is a muscle and needs to be exercised. Muscle building exercises can be broken down into two types aerobic and anaerobic. An aerobic exercise causes your body to break down oxygen to create energy. An anaerobic exercise creates energy without using oxygen. Both types of exercises are beneficial to the body and should be used in conjunction with each other.

Based on my experiences, the best type of muscle building exercises are free weight based compound exercises. Free weight compound exercises require your body to move through multiple joints, thereby stimulating and activating multiple muscle groups in your body at the same time.

The squat is the biggest exercise for packing on serious poundage. There's no argument about it. The squat is primarily a leg building exercise. You start the exercise with a barbell resting across your shoulders standing straight up. Then bending at the knees and hips you lower the barbell down until your thighs are almost parallel to the floor. And then push the barbell back to the starting position. The main muscle groups pulled into action for the squat are your quadriceps, hamstrings and glutes

Deadlifts help build a lot of muscles in your body. These include the upper and lower back, upper legs, the arms, and the abs. This is really a great exercise for your back. If you try and do it later in your workout, as your muscles are already pumping you can emphasize your back muscles. You can do deadlifts with your legs in a narrow stance, or in a sumo stance. As with squats, it is important to have the proper form and keep your back arched, or you can injure your back.

The best meals to increase muscle mass should be a high protein diet. You can get protein from different food sources but the best sources for protein are eggs, red meat and fish meat. Fish meat is by far contains the highest amount of protein compared to other food sources. It is important to take in a lot of protein because this is the mineral responsible for maintaining and improving muscle mass.

The compound weight exercises work within framework of one exercise but work on multiple muscle groups. These promote to build muscle strength at core as well as to help the future overall muscle gains that you aspired to achieve. There are four main compound exercises that are vital to know and apply at the beginning. These are military push ups, squats, bench press and dead lifts.

It's important to build the back with a variety of exercises that will achieve width and thickness in the back. A good way to start off a routine is with pull ups done with a variety of grips. Any type of pull down exercise, chin up, or pullup will help develop the lats to give them impressive width. When you strike a double biceps pose you want thick slabs of muscle sticking out of the sides of your body giving you a V shape.

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