💪 5 Proven Tips To Get Bigger, Harder, Vascular Looking Muscles
“This video was awesome, but I how can I get my muscles to look hard, full and vascular? I’m lean, but I always look “soft” and “flat”. Nothing “pops” like it does with the fitness and bodybuilder guys you see in the magazines, movies and online”
Harder, Fuller, Vascular Muscles
However, there are some “secrets” or proven tactics to getting harder, fuller, vascular/veiny looking muscles and I’ll reveal them today.
Tip #1 – Leaner Is Better
What’s important to note is that I’m 6’3”, but only weight 200 lbs. So I give the ILLUSION of “looking” bigger because I’m lean and under 10% body fat.
So, that’s the first secret – you have to get lean.
When you’re lean, you’ll have more muscle separation, you’ll have more veins and thus, your muscles will “pop” more because they’re not hiding under a layer of fat.
Tip #2 – Hydrate
Normally I’m fuller than these pictures and more vascular as the day progresses because I’ve had a lot more water, electrolytes, carbohydrates, food and minerals.
These pictures were taken first thing in the morning, on an empty stomach with very little water, so I was “flat”, rather than being “full”.
This is one problem with people who are always on a low-carb diet (ketogenic, paleo, intermittent fasting, etc.) . They look flat and depleted, even when they are lean.
Carbs help fill out your muscles because they hold 3x their weight in water.
When your muscles are hydrated, you’ll look fuller, bigger and harder.. And your blood volume will also be higher and thus, you’ll be more vascular too.
HOWEVER, I put Himalayan or Celtic salt in my water and on my food.
This keeps me hydrated and that’s the secret. My workouts are a lot better too. I’m stronger and I get better pumps.
However, REAL salt does the opposite – it retains the water in your muscles, not under the skin.
Tip #3 – Improve Insulin Sensitivity
The problem with having carbs is NOT higher blood sugar, but poor insulin sensitivity.
In fact, the more muscle you have and the lower your body fat, the better your insulin sensitivity, the MORE carbs you can eat, the easier it is to gain muscle and lose fat.
More salt and water will also help improve insulin sensitivity, so keep doing that.
Better sleep, has lots of benefits, including better insulin sensitivity as well.
Tip #4 – Specific Workouts
How you exercise, what you do, how often all can make a huge difference in how you look.
First, you need to lift heavier weights to create a more dense, harder looking muscle. Do sets at 6-8 reps to hit your fast-twitch muscles, as well as higher 10-15 reps. Both are needed.
Secondly, exercising too much, too often, too long causes stress hormones such as cortisol and aldosterone to go up, while also DECREASING insulin sensitivity and testosterone levels.
The end result not only will you start to lose muscle and also gain fat, but your muscles will be depleted, flat and “stringy” looking. This gives that “skinny/fat” look, rather than “lean/hard” look.
So I suggest lifting weights for about 45 min, no more than an hour, 3-4x weekly or every-other-day.
Tip #5 – Improve Your Hormones
Because my background as a doctor is in endocrinology – the study of hormones, this is an area I’m most passionate about.
This is why steroids work so well, not only in building muscle and losing fat, but making you look harder, fuller and more vascular.
However, simply optimizing your own hormones naturally, will go a long way in making improvements in how you look, feel and perform.
This is how I do it because it’s so much safer, healthier, easier to maintain and you won’t have any of the negative side-effects (hair loss, zits, man-boobs, high cholesterol, blood pressure, etc.)
This means higher “positive” hormones – such as Testosterone, GH, IGF, DHEA, etc., while minimizing “negative” hormones such as estrogen, prolactin, cortisol, DHT, etc.