So maybe you're new to lifting, and you want to make sure you get as ripped and huge as humanly possible, as quickly as possible. Or maybe you've been lifting for a while, and you still aren't getting the results you want. Odds are, you're probably making this one simple, common, yet seriously detrimental mistake: you aren't K.I.S.S.-ing ("Keeping It Simple, Stupid").
What do we mean by that? We mean that you're probably shooting your gains in the foot by trying to bite off more than you can chew. Below are the most common mistakes you might be making, and some helpful suggestions for keeping it simply about your gains.
Common Mistake: overloading your diet with excessive supplementation. Think about it: our caveman ancestors were throwing boulders around and making gains long before most of these overhyped, crazy-expensive "muscle-building" supplements ever came along. And their bodies evolved over tens of thousands of years to turn natural substances, like food, vitamins, minerals, and natural plant extracts into muscle.
Easy Fix: Pick one good, reliable supplement, and stick with it. Obviously, most of us over here at GrowthFactor.com prefer Growth Factor, because it has all of the building blocks of muscle that you need to get stacked, but the ingredients are in their most natural form so that your body can process them better. But no matter what supplement you go with, give it time to work and track your results before you switch to something new, add something else, or stop cold turkey. Throwing that many curveballs at your body is going to do more harm than good.
Common Mistake: Listening to every bro in the gym. If you ask 5 different gym rats how they sculpted their massive physique, you'll probably hear 12 different opinions on what you should do (you know, because one or two of them will have a gym buddy who just has to drop his two cents into the conversation). And you'll be overloaded with contradictory advice - but that won't stop you from trying it all.
Easy Fix: know your body type, and listen to those who have been where you are. There are three main body types: endomorphs, ectomorphs, and mesomorphs. What works for one type will potentially destroy gains for another. So find someone whose bodybuilding journey most closely matches yours, and tune out all the noise from people who want to pretend like they know what they're talking about.
Common Mistake: overtraining, overly complicated workouts, and inconsistent schedules. Obviously, if you keep doing the exact same workout day in and day out, you'll stagnate and plateau. So the best way to prevent this is by constantly changing your routine.
Easy Fix: pick a routine and gradually scale up. Finding the right balance of exercises which work for you with an incremental change in weight, total reps, technique, and time at the gym is the best way to go about packing on muscle gains. Confuse your body too much, and it won't know what to do with itself.
Good luck on making those gains, and remember: keep it simple!