For most people, they think that lifting weights everyday without any kind of plan will reward them. Actually it’s the other way around. You might be working too hard and seeing no results at all because of the type of workout you do. In fact, your type of muscle building program is greatly responsible for your results. Here are some tips that should guide you with that.
The first thing you must always consider is what your goal is. Is is bulking up or just burning fat/toning your body? This greatly affects the exercises and the way you will do them. For bulking up, I would suggest concentrating on doing compounded exercises like bench press, squats and dead lifts. These exercises activate a couple of muscles groups all at once and they are also responsible for releasing growth hormones that should help you build more muscles. Also for your exercises, make sure to limit it to around 3-5 reps each for maximum muscle gain.
If however all you want is to burn fat and tone your body at the same time, then I suggest you up your reps to around 10-15 each. Also you can lift lighter weights so that you will be able to lift more.
Whatever your goal is, it is important to constantly increase the weight or the number of repetitions you do for each exercise. More importantly though if you want to bulk up, since your muscles need to get shocked everytime in order for them to grow bigger. So if you keep on lifting the same weight and doing the same number of reps everytime, then your muscles will not get any bigger. So plan for this progression.
Finally, consider the weight lifting equipment available to you too. If you cannot afford a gym membership then at least have some dumbbells, a bench and a set of weights up to around 300 pounds and you should be good to go.