Whether you’ve finally started to lose that stubborn belly fat, or you’re beginning to recognize more definition in your shoulders, getting results from all of your hard work is one of the best feelings in the world. Being strong and fit is definitely the new skinny. Fitness buffs around the world are looking for the best ways to start building muscle more quickly. Now is the perfect time to stop feeling like an average Joe (or Jane) and start realizing your dreams of rocking a seriously banging body. Since you’ve finally mastered the basics, follow these easy tips to start building muscle fast.

Beast Mode: 5 Unbeatable Tips to Build Muscle Fast

1) Form Is Everything

Aside from looking like a total dufus in front of your fellow bodybuilders in training, bad form can leave you with bad results. When you have good form while lifting you should easily feel your muscles contracting against the weight. Good form will help you build muscle fast and lead to seriously awesome workouts.

2) Stop Thinking So Much

Ever heard of the term, “Keep it simple, Stupid?” While you may not be stupid, you have probably overthought your workout at least once or twice in the past. When it comes to building more muscle, simple is usually better. Some of the most coveted physiques of all time were achieved by people who trained just like they did in the 40’s and 50’s. (Hello, Donald Draper!) Simple routines that include 5 sets of 5 reps or 5 sets of 10 reps are always a great place to start.

3) Four To Score

To quickly gain size and build muscle, experts recommend focusing on the 4 basics —squats, bench presses, deadlifts and the overhead press— moves that aren’t just reserved for the powerlifters. These big moves are the best way to increase your overall strength and get lean muscle. In fact, research shows that these compound movements utilize multiple muscle groups and create a larger hormonal response in the body, both ideal for fast gains.

4) See Yuh, Cardio (Well, Kinda)

If increasing your muscle size and strength is your primary fitness goal, prioritize building muscle over time spent hanging out on the treadmill. Unfortunately, you can’t kiss cardio goodbye forever and send it packing, but you will need to rethink how to get it done. Try focusing on a new cardio routine that preserves your muscles and burns fat by incorporating hill sprints or sled pushes/pulls.

5) Break Time

When it comes down to it, the best way to build muscle faster is to find your exercise “sweet spot.” On one hand, too much exercise can result in injury and halted progress. On the other hand, not enough exercise will make building muscle harder to accomplish than sitting through a presidential debate. That’s why it’s best to create a training plan that guarantees a day off between workouts. Remember that muscles need time to recuperate and it’s during your downtime that they’re able to repair and grow.