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How Muscles Are Made

With all this talk about strength training and weight lifting, I was curious to know how muscle is truly made. Here's what I learned from the trainer at eDiets, and I am going to share it with you.

Training effectively by using enough weight to sufficiently overload a muscle, micro trauma and micro tears are created in the muscle. The muscle then goes about repairing itself, and to do so the body uses many resources to make this rebuilding a reality. One of the resources it uses is the body's own natural human growth hormone.

Human growth hormone must access stored body fat to help repair the muscle. So making stronger muscles uses fat!!! It may take many strength training sessions, before you add one pound of pure muscle to your body. Nutrition, training, recuperation and stress levels all play a part in the process. If you eat excessively, your blood sugar will remain elevated and sabotage your efforts, so nutrition is truly an important component for success.

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Hope5 Hope5 8 years
Thanks fitsugar!
Hope5 Hope5 8 years
Thanks fitsugar!
intensebandgeek intensebandgeek 8 years
Hooray for strength training!
intensebandgeek intensebandgeek 8 years
Hooray for strength training!
angelfromlsu angelfromlsu 8 years
Women don't bulk up...we simply look wonderful.
discocactus discocactus 8 years
How many weight lifting sessions does this mean by "many"? And what about the amount of weights being lifted? There's always so many reports about women not lifting as much as they actually can and should. (But not me! I love lifting weights and I'm not scarred about bulking up at all!!)
tchan01 tchan01 8 years
Didn't know that either - thanks fit :-)
Feesje Feesje 8 years
I didn't know that. The human body is SO cool! :)
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