Ive been working out for about 9 months now and Ive packed on about 30 lbs. Ive increased my bench from 120lbs - 190lbs. Im pretty pleased with the way I look but one thing is puzzling to me. All my muscles are "soft". I noticed some people are rock hard and there weaker than me. How can I change this? Does anyone else have this problem?
I have had that same problem for 7 years now. I was always trying to bulk up because I was tall. Starting working out when I was 190 lbs at 6'6", now 240lbs. I would always get stronger and put on a lot of size, but my muscles felt "soft". ONly in the last few months have the muscles gotten harder. I have stopped eating Cheeseburgers and fries and stopped drinking sodas. So I take it that it was a layer of fat over the muscle. I still not as hard as I like to be, but I need to lose about 10 more lbs, so will see.
I'd say to at least drink more water each day. Remember, 8 cups is the recommendation. It does a hell of a lot for you. Removes toxins, helps in weight loss, hydrates, transports nutrients, the list goes on and on...
And it's not going to cause your muscles to get softer either.
Originally Posted by Hockeyman105
Try slowing down your reps, and squeeze hard at the top of each movement to make a more powerful contraction. When you flex, you'll be used to the contraction, so you'll be rock hard.
This will only matter at a low BF though.
Push yourself. Enjoy yourself. Be yourself.
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Its a genetic advantage some people are lucky enough to have.
It means your muscles are more flexible and elastic. Less likely to injure and normally faster to react to central nervous system commands.
Enjoy your advantage and don't worry about it.
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