Strength Training VS Mass Bulking

22 Nov 2016
Category: Health Tips

Muscles are the perfect examples of you are what you eat. Well, that’s half of it, how you use nutrition to intensify muscle mass is the other half. Contrary to popular beliefs, huge muscles don’t always mean great strength.

Muscle Mass

When you break it down it is relatively simple to understand. Muscle mass is acquired using a routine of multiple sets of exercises for each muscle group, high repetitions, and short recovery times.

Muscle growth is actually achieved by the healing of small tears that occur during exercises. It does not promote muscle fiber growth, instead, it fuses the injured areas to the fibers thus increasing the muscle’s ability to contract but it may not affect the strength.  The end result is individualized for one major reason- it depends on your body’s growth hormones.

Muscle Strength Training

These minor changes your exercise routine can increase muscle strength by reducing the stimulation of growth hormones, phosphate, and hydrogen ions. The fewer repetitions, longer recovery periods and heavier loads increase the force and strength of the affected muscle groups.

Mass Bulking

Bulking for muscle mass normally means extremely high caloric and fat intake followed by cutting down and exercising routines. This does work- but recently the trend of simultaneous bulking while building muscles have become quite popular and are easier on the body. The latter is a slower process and the results are not as magnanimous.

Mass bulking means gaining a substantial amount of weight for a short period of time. If your goal is the highest level of mass possible then this high fat consumption is the way for you. In addition to increasing your calories, you need to add nutritional supplements to get the most out of your workout.

Supplement Your Workouts

There are a few supplements you can take prior to starting your routine that will improve your results. One to look for is an amino acid that reduces protein breakdown and increases production. Increasing your energy will ensure a sufficient workout- many clients rely on caffeine for this. Muscle endurance is the next factor to consider and a supplement that buffers hydrogen ions allows you to workout longer for those who want more reps. Clients targeting lower reps and heavier loads should consider creatinine which gives muscles the strength and energy needed. Most successful regimens recommend taking these at least 30 minutes to an hour before you begin.

Post workout supplements are becoming quite popular. They are like the supporting blocks to maintain what you have gained. Replacing your carbs and proteins as soon as possible will reduce catabolism and increase anabolism or muscle growth and repair. Drink fluids, keep yourself well hydrated too, this will enhance your recovery and your results.

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