3 Mechanisms for Muscle Growth
There are three mechanisms of hypertrophy: mechanical load/tension, metabolic stress, and muscle damage. If you neglect any one of them, you’re leaving a lot of growth on the table. You want all 3.
Ask the baddest peeps at your gym for advice on adding muscle and you’ll probably get mixed responses.
“Just lift heavy,” the powerlifters will tell you.
“Go for the pump,” the bodybuilders will say.
“Just keep varying your workouts” the Crossfitters will say.
In reality you probably need a good combination of all of it done in an intelligent way and everyone has a sweet spot which will be COMPLETELY individual.
Side Note: I wasn’t muscular when I was powerlifting or olympic lifting. It was only when I increased volume with other various exercises and learning how to recruit them with the applied principles mentioned in this post.
If you’re following randomized workouts such as Crossfit, Bootcamp Strength-based classes, HIIT, or group classes that claim to get you stronger or build you muscles. Remember the above principles need to be applied to see some sort of progress. I constantly stress principles over systems. The system doesn’t matter as long as the principle is applied.
The majority of these programs might indirectly cause these principles to work, but I can guarantee it wasn’t intentional.
Remember your diet is VERY important to see muscle growth and general body composition changes.
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