You can’t always figure out how to build up muscles on your own. Most people will try to at first, working out in ways they’ve seen on television or read in the instruction manual for their fitness equipment, but they usually don’t do the right kinds of workout routines for what they want.
Very often, new members at gyms who get their own personal trainers will learn that they’ve been working out all wrong. Women who want to develop lean and limber figures have been doing the kinds of pump-up exercises that build up muscle in showcase places, spots like traps and biceps where men would typically prefer to build muscle up.
On the other side of the coin, men don’t do the best at guessing how to build up muscles on their own either. It is not rare for men who first start working with a physical trainer to have to change their workout habits completely in order to build up the muscles they actually want.
The most common place where men go wrong is in using too little or too much weight. Using too little weight will result in leaner muscles rather than pop-out ones, which is the goal for some but not for many. Most men like to picture themselves with large muscles that are obvious to everyone.
But the opposite can be just as harmful. Especially when starting out, guys too often take a macho approach and try to put on as much weight as they can bear. They know just enough about how to build up muscle that they can injure themselves with that knowledge.
Seeing top-level professionals lift massive amounts of weight and struggle with it, beginners think what you need is to struggle. But you can really hurt your joints that way. You must start off slower to get yourself a solid base of muscle built up before you can take on all the weights you can handle. Otherwise you will probably be injured.