Click on Read Part 1, or cited article link,Â How to Grow Muscle Naturally, Part 1, below to get the full muscle growth and strength story.
Muscle growth is dependent upon protein synthesis [process in which cells build and repair themselves].Â An adequate supply of essential amino acids is necessary to grow muscle and keep it in a good state of repair.Â It is wise to ensure you consume a diet high in essential and nonessential amino acids for muscle during high intensity weight training cycles.Â The mix of amino acid through proteins comes from a variety of whole foods: poultry/eggs, fish, beef, seafood, beans, nuts/seeds and dairy (Healthaliciousness 2013).
â€œThe United States RDA is 0.8g/kg or 0.4g/lbs. This is 80g protein per day if you weigh 200lbs. But this recommendation is based on studies done on average, sedentary people.Â The minimum if you train hard is 1g protein per pound of body-weight per day. That’s 200g daily protein if you weigh 200lbs. You’ll reach this amount easily by eating a whole protein source with each meal.â€Â (Mehdi 2009)
Professional body builders and athletes frequently consume three times that in food calories and supplements to grow muscle and increase strength.
Most Americans, unless youâ€™re adverse to eating animal products get enough protein in the average diet. But this does not guarantee your getting all essential amino acids from the proteins you consume in a day.
Your body needs 20 total amino acids to build and repair muscles and tissues.Â The nine essential amino acids are histidine, isoleucine, leucine, lysine, methionine, phenylalanine, threonine, tryptophan and valine.â€Â If you are stressed or severely sick, you need to get dietary non-essential amino acids as well.Â Non-essential amino acids, made by the body include alanine, asparagine, aspartic acid, arginine, cysteine, glutamine, glycine, ornithine, proline, serine, tyrosine and glutamic acid.â€ Meat, dairy, eggs, poultry and seafood provide all nine essential amino acids and are known as complete proteins. (Coffman 2013)
If you do not eat seafood or animal-based foods, your diet is likely lacking in essential amino acids. Â This is one reason power lifters supplement their diet with an amino acid or protein supplement drink or power bar.Â By doing so ensures muscle tissue has adequate nutrients to optimize muscle growth and strength potential.
Their supplemental nutrients taken daily also often include a daily vitamin and mineral complex.Â These are the staple nutrients necessary to ensure the bodies muscles can optimally repair and grow.
Â Changing exercise strategy to grow more muscle,
Frequently switch up your exercises.Â Donâ€™t get stuck on the same routine week in and out.Â Use a wide array of weight lifting equipment and target muscles you typically donâ€™t train.Â For instance, the bench press focuses on the mid-pectoral chest muscles, but it does not maximally stress the upper or lower pectoral muscles.Â Be sure youâ€™re adding an incline and decline chest exercise to round out the chest area (symmetrical). Â After 72 hours when you work the chest again, use stationary bench press equipment, or dumbbells as opposed to the free weight bench press to perform similar chest exercises.
If you typically look the other way as you walk past a workout stationâ€¦ this should tell you, you have weak muscles that need work.Â Many experienced bodybuilders never do the same workout twice.Â How do you think natural body builders sustain their size for decades?Â They work other supporting muscular structures that assist weakening muscle fiber.Â In this way, if strength diminishes through the aging process; muscular bulk is maintained through other variations of less intense exercise activity. Â It is possible to sustain muscle mass and not have great strength.Â Itâ€™s really about how you train and set fitness goals.
Until the weakest muscles are worked, for exampleÂ by varying the angles of the muscle group articulations it will be harder to optimize symmetrical muscle growth and overall strength-power.Â Whyâ€™s that?Â Because the muscular inter-tie and effort per muscle group is dependent on the weakest bundled muscle fibers that work in sync to achieve maximum muscle torque per grouping.
You’ve heard that team that work together win championships right.Â The same is true of a bodyâ€™s internal musculature groupings and forces. Â The first place to visually observe an interlinking muscle grouping weakness can be seen in an outer appearing muscular symmetry beneath the skin.
So how do you view this to determine muscle group weaknesses? Â Stand in front of a mirror and youâ€™ll note the developing muscles vs. muscle depressions/or size differences from one arm or shoulder muscle, from the other side as an example. Â The muscle groups required to compete cannot with an underdeveloped or depressed, undersized, or underdeveloped muscle grouping.
For example, if the bulk of your chest development resides within the mid chest and front shoulder areas, your upper and/or lower chest muscles will appear to be deflated or depressed. Â If your goal is to win a national body building competition, or become a great fighter for example, how can you compete with the elite if muscle symmetry and/or full strength ROM (Range of Motion) per task specific body segments is underdeveloped? Â Point and case, you’ll face competitive challenges.
When you pay attention to muscle development deficits, it makes it easier to take a corrective weight training (task specific) exercise action to keep the team of muscles within any muscle grouping symmetrically trained, especially if you plan to compete in competitive sports.
Can you train competitively without the steroids and growth hormones?
I donâ€™t believe anabolic steroids should be allowed to create a performance advantage for competitive sports for ethical and health reasons.Â But the fact is they are used by many professional athletes.Â Note I said many, I didn’t say all.Â I recommend you follow professional athletes that train muscle naturally if you want to steer clear of the unwanted health risks associated with anabolic supplements.
Does this mean that Growth Hormones and steroids have no medical use?Â There is literature that makes good sense out of its use to benefit health and quality living experiences.Â But it is only through a doctorâ€™s care and treatment and when used correctly can provide a health benefit while minimizing health risk.
â€œSuzanne Somers states, Growth Hormone is one of the most studied compounds in medicine. Â When growth hormone deficiency is present, growth hormone replacement therapy has widespread health benefits on quality of life, body composition, cognitive function, cardiovascular outcomes, bone density and exercise capacity. Â Growth hormone replacement therapy has been studied with published results in major medical journals reporting on more than 100,000 patients.â€Â Â (Somers 2012)
It is the abusive and unnecessary overuse of steroids and growth hormones that skew the benefits vs. health risk.Â In other words, science can find ways to keep us healthy longer, but ultimately it is manâ€™s abuse, greed and vanity that seeks to deliver a performance shortcut and achieve a short-term competitive edge.Â In using a pharmaceutical or supplemental product above and beyond its safe use throws blinds over impressionable eyes.Â And in doing so delivers unwanted health consequences for too many of our young athletes.
If you want to gain strength and grow muscle safely, work for it by doing it naturally.Â Working hard without the use of dangerous chemical short-cuts will reward your body by supporting a long-lived quality lifestyle. Â If you suspect you need hormone therapy, ensure you consult with a doctor. Â Or if your intent on using any type of steroid or growth hormone supplement, do yourself a favor, first read the article link below to learn more about them, Â “GH-Hormone Stimulator the Fountain of Youth.Â ”
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Healthaliciousness. “Top 10 Foods Highest in Protein.”Â Top 10 Foods Highest in Protein. Healthaliciousness.com, 2013. Web. 17 June 2013. <http://www.healthaliciousness.com/articles/foods-highest-in-protein.php>.
Mehdi. “Protein 101: How Much Do You Need & Best Sources of Protein | StrongLifts StrongLifts.”Â StrongLifts RSS. StrongLifts.com, 25 May 2009. Web. 17 June 2013. <http://stronglifts.com/protein-daily-needs-myths-best-sources-protein/>.
Somers, Suzanne. “Human Growth Hormone Update.”Â Suzanne’s Blog. Suzannesomers.com/blog, 5 June 2012. Web. 17 June 2013. <http://www.suzannesomers.com/Blog/post/Human-Growth-Hormone-Update.aspx>.
Woodard, Marc T. Â How to Grow Muscle Naturally, Part 1. Â Mirror Athletes Fitness Secrets. MirrorAthlete.com, 18 June. 2012. Web. 20 July 2013.Â http://www.mirrorathlete.org/?p=1629Â
Woodard, Marc T. Â GH-Hormone Stimulator the Fountain of Youth. Â Mirror Athlete Fitness Secrets. 3 Feb. 2012. Web. 17 June 2013.Â Elixir?Â http://www.mirrorathlete.org/?p=1283
Author: Marc T. Woodard, MBA, BS Exercise Science, ARNG, CPT, RET. 2013 Copyright. All rights reserved, Mirror Athlete Inc., www.mirrorathlete.org, Sign up for your Free eNewsletter.