The 3 variables of any workout routine are volume (how many sets/reps in a given workout), intensity (how hard are you working in a given workout), and frequency (how often are you working out). When it comes to building muscle it is important to play close attention to each variable and adjust them accordingly. We all have a finite ability to recover so it is a good rule of thumb to increase only 1 of these at any given time. The trick is to stimulate, not annihilate, our muscle in order to make it grow.
It is also extremely important to understand that just because something requires much effort does not mean that it wont be enjoyable, rewarding, or worth every minute. So in light of that fact, here are 10 tips to help you build muscle.