August 1, 2012
Tom Hardy’s Bane character, in the new Batman movie, has been making headlines not just for his role, but for his muscles. Hardy stacked 30 pounds of muscle in 4 months for his role as Bane. He has yet to release his workout routine, but I have a good guess that it included what I call the D-C-N of fitness.
The upcoming release of my Strength Stack 52 incorporates an important component of the D-C-N, so let’s briefly discuss what I believe the Bane workout routine consisted of.
D-C-N stands for Diversity -Consistency and -Nutrition, without all of these 3 components, it is impossible to pack on 30 pounds of muscle in 4 months.
Diversity- You must constantly be searching for ways to confuse your muscles and keep your muscle fibers activated. Your body has an amazing ability to adapt. Once your body adapts you hit whats referred to as a plateau. A plateau is when you complete a workout but the effectiveness of the workout is minimal at best. If you find yourself going to the gym and not getting sore the next day, then you are probably in a plateau. To break this plateau, try different exercises, different weights, or even try lifting weights at different speeds.
Anything you do to keep your workouts diverse will minimize plateaus. My new fitness product, the Strength Stack 52 was designed for this very purpose, to keep your workouts diverse and prevent plateaus.
Consistency- Ever go to the gym after new years? That’s right, it’s packed. Then, by about mid-February the population of the gym returns back to “normal” levels. This is because most people lack consistency in their workouts. They get inspired about a symbolic date (i.e. new years) or a new fitness product they saw. Once they do a few workouts, they return to their normal lives, just a little bit poorer as their gym membership card collects dust in their wallet. To pack on a lot of muscle in a little amount of time it is crucial that you are consistently going to the gym. My main tip is to schedule time at the gym, if you don’t do this, there will always be something else that takes precedence.
Nutrition- After a good workout your body is craving serious nutrients. Even the day after a workout, during the recovery period, your body needs to absorb thousands of different essential nutrients to foster muscle growth and trim fat. Eating cheesecake, sugar, and white foods (like bread) isn’t going to give your body the nutrients it needs to get the results you want. It’s like buying an expensive car then not being able to afford the gas. Doing a workout without fueling your body with the proper nutrients is a results killer. My recommendation is to always take a daily vitamin and load up on protein. Someone looking to pack on muscle should be eating at least 1.25 grams of protein for every pound they currently weigh.