What is muscle growth? And how does it happen?
Your muscle growth depends on 2 factors.
- How are your muscles broken down
- How much nutrition is there to build them back up
It really and truly is that simple.
So here is your layman taught scientific advice.
The largest component of muscle growth is muscle breakdown. A muscle to a certain point when it breaks down is rebuilt stronger. This also happens to a certain level in your bones as well.
How do you breakdown muscles?
Lifting weights… then lowering weights.
The second part is the key. Think about it. If you press up against a wall as hard as you can all day every day, you will never get stronger.
However, if you walk 30 miles a day your muscles get adapted to it… because they are stronger.
The negative. If you are pushing against a surface and you never have the eccentric movement (the “give”) you aren’t doing anything.
However the lower the weight the more reps you do… the more the muscle is broken down, to grow bigger.
BUT WAIT… There’s more!
So if I take 5 lbs and bench it I will get bigger?
No, because you aren’t experiencing fatigue. You are just moving.
The point is to lift heavy enough to complete your full range of motion, for several reps, until the muscle is properly fatigued.
Feed for Muscle Growth!
If you haven’t figured out by now from reading earlier articles. PROTEIN is key! After you have walked that 30 miles there should be a furry woodland creature awaiting the slaughter for your feast.
THEN and only then will your muscles grow, and grow back stronger.
In fact, if you are working your muscles out properly, you should be consuming 1 gram of protein for every pound of lean muscle mass you have. (that would be without your body fat, so know your body fat %)
Hopefully I will hear from you soon about all the muscle growth in your life.