A huge bench press, gigantic arms, and tree trunk legs – these are the kinds of goals most lifters chase, but hypertrophy and maximal strength aren't the end-all, be-all for football players, track athletes and other sports-focused trainees. As important as weight room work is for improving strength and speed, athletes need a more performance-oriented, sport-specific approach than the average meathead.
How fast should you lift to maximize muscle growth? This age-old question is an ongoing source of debate amongst bodybuilders and researchers alike. Some feel that explosive lifts optimize fiber recruitment and thus provide a greater muscle-building stimulus. Others claim that performing movements slowly maximizes tension on the muscle, thereby stimulating more hypertrophy. So who’s right?
Mixed martial arts fighters are arguably some of the toughest athletes on the planet. The sport requires you to be technically skilled in a lot of different martial arts and move from one position to the other with exceptional speed, agility and a lot of explosive power. It also requires a lot of cardiovascular endurance, in order to complete the match.
Looking to switch things up and keep growing for your next workout? Resistance bands provide a unique form of resistance that puts considerable stress on muscle tissue, causing considerable gains in muscle mass and strength that is comparable to free weights.
We all want to be fit, strong and lean, and that takes fueling your body to have more energy to train harder and build muscle, and then burn off the fat. On the other hand, if your order of priorities is reversed and being lean is your primary goal, then some new ideas about exercising on an empty fuel tank may speed up the process for you.
Try lifting first thing in the morning when the mind is clear, when you are at your peak having just rested. I promise you will not only have better and more intense workouts but you will have a newfound energy and vigor as you attack your day.
Is this your first shot at getting big? Or have you already been around the mass-gaining block a couple of times? Whatever the case, you've got to get your training, diet, and MIND in the right place.
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