How can I increase my muscles and at the same time spend less time in the gym? This is a question which puzzles most trainers as they try to juggle the time they spend in the gym and the time they have left to do their daily life routine, be it going to the office or spending some quality time with their spouses and family. The answer to this question is quite simple adverse to what many people might tend to think.
It is quite possible to gain more muscle by not training frequently. It is a widely accepted belief that a person can gain more muscles only through training more often. Such reasoning stems from the phenomena that the harder and longer you put your effort into something the greater the result will be. Take for instance practicing to play an instrument such as a piano, the more time you spend going for the piano lessons and practicing the better pianist you will become.
Adverse to what people might think, training less often will actually lead to more increase in body muscles. This can be understood or rather made become clear through examining how the muscle growth process in the body takes place.
Almost every single process that occurs in the body is geared towards sustaining the life of an individual being. The human body has evolved over the years to enable it adapt with the changes in the environment. The body will for example experience pain which acts as an indicator that one of its organs is not functioning properly.
So what exactly is involved during the muscle building process? Lifting heavy weights leads to straining of the muscles beyond their current capacity. This poses a great threat to the musculature. The body will thus respond by increasing in size i.e. the muscles will hypertrophy as a natural adaptive response to offer protection against the posing threat. As we continuously increase the resistance daily the body on the other hand will adapt and begin to grow.
The most crucial thing to remember with regards to all this is that the muscles cannot grow bigger and stronger if they are not provided with enough recovery time. It is thus clear that without adequate time to recover, the muscle growth process will not be able to occur.
Your number one priority in the gym should be to train with minimum intensity needed in order to produce the natural adaptive response. Once you have worked your muscles beyond their current capacity and lead to the triggering of the adaptive response, your work is basically over. If you create any further body stress, this will have adverse effect to the body. This will increase the body’s recovery time and also lead to the weakening of the immune system.
Without fully understanding this concept most people will be spending lots of time in the gym than is actually necessary. The intensity of your training will actually determine how much muscle you will gain. Working on light weights with more repetition is not as efficient as using heavier weights with moderate repetition. If you structure your work out program using heavier weights with moderate repetition, you will in effect lead to less time spent in the gym.
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