So you want to gain some lean muscle? You’re looking to get “swole” but you’re getting confused by all the different training recommendations? Well, you’re in luck. My friend and colleague Jay Horn has shared this guest post detailing the key causes of hypertrophy. If you follow his suggestions and make sure your nutrition is on point (you are consuming adequate calories and macro-nutrients), you will grow. Let’s take a closer look:
How to Induce Hypertrophy
By Jay Horn
Hypertrophy is a multifactorial process – this includes:
- Inroad (weakening of muscle)
- Increased progressive tension
- Accumulated fatigue (hormonal response)
- Microtrauma (tearing of muscle fibers where repair and growth can occur)
No matter what the muscles MUST undergo a progressive tension stimulus.
There are different training protocols out there that produce results, but nonetheless this is the most important factor: Progressive tension. This means one must load the muscle efficiently and have enough recovery ability to go back in and progress from the previous workout. If this is not balanced you WILL NOT GROW.
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