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How To Build Lean Muscle

At Concrete Core we believe the journey toward building a lean, muscular body is far from a mere vanity project. It's about investing in your health and well-being, developing strength, showing dedication, and reaping the benefits that come with being in peak physical condition. However, the road to "lean muscle" may seem daunting for some, especially when faced with conflicting information, countless workout plans, diets, and the pressure of expectations. Don't worry, folks, we're here to strip it down to the essentials and make it as straightforward as possible.



Gaining muscle while losing fat and increasing lean body mass is a process that requires commitment, proper knowledge, precise nutrition, and effective training. Focus on these four pillars, and you're bound to see significant improvements in a leaner, stronger build.


1. What is 'Lean muscle': This term refers to the amount of muscle on your body that is not covered by fat, giving your physique a toned, defined look. Building lean muscle lends to an increase in metabolism, resulting in burning more calories, even when you're not exercising.

2. How to gain muscle and lose fat: One effective strategy is to place emphasis on strength training. Through intense workouts that break down your muscle fibers, the body rebuilds them stronger and larger during recovery. This Process is referred to as "Supercompensation." Combined with a balanced diet rich in protein, this can encourage muscle growth while simultaneously burning fat.


3. How to lose fat and gain muscle: Consistent cardio regimen plays a key role. Whether it's running, cycling, or high-intensity interval training, cardio helps you burn calories and fat, paving the way for your growing muscles to shine through. I often recommend Low Intensity Steady-State Cardio (LISS) for my clients' recovery days. Going for long walks are a great way to burn calories, oxidize and mobilize fat.


* "How to increase lean body mass?": This involves integrating both strength training and cardio, but it also calls for a balanced diet rich in lean proteins, healthy fats, and complex carbohydrates. HIIT exercises, like Mountain Climbers and Kettlebell Swings, are great options for Building Muscular Strength while Burning Calories.


* "Lean muscle body": Achieving this look requires focusing on exercises that promote muscle definition over bulk. Mix calisthenics, weightlifting, and resistance training into your routine to hit every muscle group. My Recommendation is to target larger muscle groups, and to work compounds before isolations. Ex.: Barbell Squat & Bench Press (Sets/Reps:3x12)


* "Lean muscular body" and "Toned build": Cultivating these requires a delicate balance of reducing body fat percentage and increasing muscle mass. This can often mean heavier resistance training, careful caloric intake, and ensuring ample protein consumption.


Here are some pro tips to help you on your journey:


* **Putting on lean muscle:** A critical factor here is nutrition. Aim for a diet rich in lean proteins such as chicken, turkey, fish, and eggs, Plus, some quality carbs like brown rice, quinoa, and sweet potatoes to fuel your workouts. Hydrate properly, get ample sleep and recovery time, and don't underestimate the power of bodyweight exercises.


On a final note, pay attention "Recomposition" which is the practice of turning fat into muscle – a complex physiological process that signifies an overall body transformation. Sometimes your weight can remain the same, and width may change. This can indicate that your physique is toning and gaining lean muscle mass.


While managing these fundamentals of building muscle and losing fat, efforts should also be made to incorporate Progressive Overload in your training routine. This means exercises should gradually increase in weight and intensity to promote muscle development.


So, are you ready to embark on this transformative journey? All the tools, tips, and tactics you need are at your fingertips. The key to success lies in investing time, energy, and dedication towards your fitness goals. Remember, it's normal throughout your fitness journey to experience Up's and Down's. Keep pushing, keep striving, and soon, you'll be basking in the glow of your successes.


-Max Onyenwe, Muscle Tribe CEO



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