Bigger and Stronger: The Science Behind Muscle Growth and Strength

"You will train always for a hundred terrific reasons. Quit and it will be for no good reason at all." ~Dave Draper, former Mr. America and Mr. Universe Do you want to know the secret to gaining mass and power from your workout regimen? Here it is - there is NO secret - it's SCIENCE. Many "old-school" - or worse, ill-informed - fitness trainers believe in an erroneous dichotomy. They teach that you train for strength one way, and you train for size another way. With this mindset, the two goals are mutually incompatible. But science teaches us something different - it is possible to maximize your success and get both BIGGER and STRONGER at the same time. Let's take a closer look. HYPERTROPHY - THE RESPONSE TO AN INTENSE WORKOUT "It was not easy. I trained brutal all my life. It was like an explosion and I was growing like a balloon. Boom, boom, boom, like crazy." -Sergio Oliva three-time Mr. Olympia There are at least 320 identical pairs of bilateral muscles found in the human body, resulting in upwards of 640 skeletal muscles. One of the goals of a proper training regimen is symmetrical muscle growth on both sides of the body. Muscle growth - properly called hypertrophy - typically refers to an increase in the volume of myofibrils, the long proteins that [...]