As we all know, when you lift weights your body responds to the challenge by increasing the size and strength of the muscles involved in the lift so that you will be able to do the job more easily next time. But what are the specific mechanisms involved that actually cause this to happen?
Well, there are three main underlying mechanisms that trigger a growth response in skeletal muscle. These are mechanical tension, metabolic stress and muscle damage. So if you want to achieve maximum muscle growth you need to train in a way that will optimize the effects of all of these.
So in this article I’ll give an outline of each of these mechanisms of muscle hypertrophy and I’ll also explain how best to train in order to get the full benefits of all three of them… Continue Reading →