This Is Everything You Should Know About Muscle Growth

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If your primary goal is to increase your muscle mass, you’re probably looking for ways to improve your performance. However, before you change your routine, there are some things you should know about the way muscles grow.

To begin with, the muscles that should concern you the most are skeletal muscles, which are made up of thousands of myofibrils that are covered in connective tissue. Moreover, each muscle is surrounded by a connective tissue sheet, also known as the epimysium. There are 650 skeletal muscles in the human body, which contract every time they receive a signal from the motor neurons. Basically, the more those neurons signal your muscles to contract, the stronger you are.

This is also why some not-so-muscular folks can lift extremely heavy weight. They can activate those motor neurons better than most people. Now you know how come powerlifters are smaller than bodybuilders but have the ability to lift more weight.

You might have noticed that, after the initial strength gains, your muscles tend to grow at a slower pace but with more consistency. That happens because you have gained better control over the motor neurons.

When you complete your workout, your body aims to either fix or replace damaged muscle fibers, which is done through a cellular process that brings together muscle fibers to create new myofibrils. In order for muscle hypertrophy (growth) to happen, these myofibrils become thicker. Not only that, they increase in number. In a nutshell, your muscles will grow whenever more muscle protein synthesis occurs than protein breakdown. What may surprise you is that this happens after the workout.

In order to grow your muscles, you have to put more and more stress on them on a regular basis, meaning that you have to change your routine every now and then. If you muscles and body get comfortable with a certain level of stress, you won’t get any bigger or stronger. On the other hand, if you constantly make progress and lift heavier weights, the results are bound to show.

2Another way to grow muscles is to damage them. Now, this sounds worse than it is, as muscle damage is something that normally occurs when you work out. If you sometimes feel sore after training, you know what we’re talking about. Keep in mind that you don’t have to be sore for this process to happen. The only thing that matters is that the damage occurs in your muscle cells.

The third way to gain muscle is to experience metabolic stress, which causes cell swelling around the muscles. In other words, you don’t have to increase the size of your muscle cells to grow muscles. Of course, hormones such as testosterone can also cause muscle growth.

It’s also important to explain why muscles need rest to grow. First things first, your body needs appropriate nutrition and enough rest to function optimally. If you don’t eat properly and if you don’t allow your body to rest, you can actually put your body into a catabolic state, which is definitely not good. Protein metabolism will only occur for 24-48 hours, meaning that that time period will determine whether your diet will help your muscles grow or not.

It goes without saying that not everyone can achieve the same results. Your muscle growth will depend on a number of factors, including your age, gender, and genetics. For example, men have more testosterone than women, so males can build more muscle than females.

Also, remember that muscle growth requires time and patience. Most people won’t see a rapid improvement in a short time period, as most of the changes will happen when you become more capable of activating your muscles.

To make sure that you’re doing everything right, you have to consume enough protein and carbohydrates to help your body repair muscles and grow them. Also, you have to lift heavier weights and change your routine on a regular basis so that you would put additional stress on your muscles. Afterward, give your body some time to rest and repair itself with good nutrition.


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