Mike’s Muscle-Building Secrets
1 – Cut Out Cardio: To bulk up, I do all of the workouts you’re used to—deadlifts, squats, bicep curls, triceps extensions, bench and incline presses, you name it. But get this: I don’t do a minute of dedicated cardio. I like to focus purely on building muscle and keeping it strong; no time should be spent on burning fat.
2 – Kneel for Your Military Press: If there’s one super-hero, it’s the guy who invented the military press. But, alas, the military press is an essential evil; as horrifically painful as each rep is, the exercise is fantastic for your shoulders. While bulking up, I added a little twist to everyone’s least favorite exercise: I did it while kneeling. By doing your military presses on your knees, as opposed to using a dedicated bench with back support, you force your core muscles to strain too. In short, this will give you abs. And if that’s what you really want.
3 – Work Out Two Muscle Groups at a Time: I am very organized with my routine. You would take two muscle groups, whether it was chest and back or biceps and triceps, and just destroy them over two hours. I hit the gym five to six days a week, Monday through Friday, with a rest day on Saturday. (Sunday is a dedicated day to working any muscle he thought needed more work.) Follow this lead, and you’re sure to bulk up.