Tis’ the season to accumulate massive amounts of lean muscle. To accomplish such great feats requires more than just a massive caloric surplus though. Ingesting loads of calories without methodical training isn’t a “bulk” it’s just hibernation. We don’t want hibernation, we want transmutation by hypertrophy (muscle growth).
The problem most people have when training for size is they focus too much on eating, but fail to fix their workouts.
If you really want to gain the most muscle possible during the season of hypertrophy, then you must effectively apply the three primary mechanisms responsible for muscle growth. By the time you finish reading, you will gain the knowledge for how to do just that — achieve hypertrophy & make gainz.
What Is Hypertrophy?
Most of you probably already know what hypertrophy is, and how it works, but let’s do a quick recap for those of you who don’t.
During resistance training, muscles are induced with micro-tears. These damaged muscle fibers go through a cellular process…
Muscle fibers fuse together to make new muscle protein fibers or strands, similar to weaving several strands together to form a thicker, stronger rope. Then, these repaired muscle fibers increase in number and thickness. And it’s this end result that mostly defines hypertrophy—i.e. muscle growth.
What are the 3Primary Mechanisms that drive hypertrophy?
If you need more gainz, the three mechanisms for muscle growth you need to understand are…
- Mechanical Tension
- Muscle Damage
- Metabolic Stress
In this article, I will define each mechanism; don’t worry, I’ll simplify the science behind their importance to spare you from scientists’ often mind-numbingly boring lexicon, because I care and perhaps more accurately, easy-to-understand lessons tend to be, well, easier to understand. And therefore, easier to apply.
Speaking of application, once you have a firm grasp on the mechanisms of muscle growth, I’ll throw in what really matters — techniques you can use to get the most out of your workouts, and of course get those well-deserved gainz. Read about adrenal fatigue.