Monday, August 24, 2009

Muscle Growth ! Are you working hard enough?

Ask Glen!

Q Glen I am working out but my muscles are not growing! Why?

A Because you are not training to failure!

Training to failure aka passing your "break-over point"

Lets put aside all the academic debate and text books and
let me define "training to failure' as HARD WORK - gut busting
all-out effort.

Did you get that? ALL OUT EFFORT.

I'm not talking, like a marathon race but like the 100 m

Marathon training (with weights) is when you fall over
because of set after set which results in fatigue - not overload.

Do I need to remind you that you must FORCE your muscles to

I don't need to remind you that growth does NOT come easy -
it must literally be *forced*.

Ending a set just because you've completed an arbitrary
number of reps and sets has been completed has nothing to do with
stimulating muscle growth.

Even if you can curl 100 lbs for 10 reps, and you never
attempt that 11 th rep, your body has no reason to change and
simply laughs back at you saying, "No problem... we've done this

Your body will ALWAYS try and maintain it's existing

Too be honest, your body does not mind being skinny.
Muscle is metabolically demanding (meaning you always have to feed
it)and could care less if you get super buff and muscular.

Only when you impose some extraordinary demand on your body
upon it will it change. You don't need to be physiologist
to understand that.

Carrying a set to momentary muscular failure ensures you
pass through the *break-over-point* which is the level of effort in a set which growth stimulation

Where is this point? Is it at 80% effort? 90% effort?
Nobody knows for sure but you can be certain that if you train at
100% effort, you have reached that *break-over-point*!!!

Any personal health questions or problems mental or physical or before starting any diet or exercise program. Please consult your physician !

My mission is to provide you with "Trusted Advice for a Healthier Life." Yours in good health

Any questions?

Ask Glen!


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