Free shipping & returns on all US orders
Shopping Cart ()
Have a question? Call us now: 888-908-4258

Is Getting Stronger Really the Best Way to Gain Muscle?

Written by:
Is Getting Stronger Really the Best Way to Gain Muscle?

Do you really have to get strong to get big? How much does muscle strength affect muscle size? Listen to this podcast to find out…

Spend enough time in the gym and you’ll inevitably notice that the biggest guys and gals are also often the strongest.

Sure, some people are stronger than they look, but for the most part, strength and size seem to be directly correlated.

The bigger someone is, the bigger his weights tend to be.

This begs a question, then:

Is muscle growth simply a byproduct of strength? If you just focus on getting stronger and stronger, will your muscles just get bigger and bigger?

Advocates of strength training have been saying this for decades, but their detractors say that muscle growth isn’t that simple.

They point to stringbeans that can push, pull, and squat tremendous amounts of weight, and to research that appears to demonstrate that heavy weightlifting–the bread and butter of all strength programs–simply isn’t necessary for getting big muscles.

Instead, they counter, you can focus on other training variables, such as volume, time under tension, metabolic fatigue, and others, and achieve the same results.

Who’s right? Or are both of these schools of thought misguided and the truth is somewhere in the middle?

Well, in this podcast, you’re going to get a clear, concise, and conclusive answer based on decades of anecdotal evidence as well as our current scientific understanding of muscle hypertrophy.



3:59 – What is the primary driver of muscle growth?

5:39 – What should be the number one goal for a weight lifter?

6:31 – What about people that get big but not strong?

10:20 – What about people that are stronger than they look?

13:58 – What should you do when you eventually stop gaining strength?

Oh and if you like this episode and want to be be notified when new episodes go live, then head on over to iTunes, Stitcher, YouTubeSoundcloud, or Google Play and subscribe.

Lastly, if you want to support the show, please drop a quick review of it over on iTunes. It really helps!

What did you think of this episode? Have anything else to share? Let me know in the comments below!

I'm Mike and I'm the creator of Muscle for Life and Legion Athletics, and I believe that EVERYONE can achieve the body of their dreams.

If you like what I have to say, sign up for my free newsletter and every week I'll send you awesome, science-based health and fitness tips, delicious "diet-friendly" recipes, motivational musings, and more.


If you want a "paint-by-numbers," step-by-step blueprint for building a muscular, lean, strong body...faster than you ever thought possible...then you want to check out my bestselling books.

Here's a little sneak peek of what you'll learn inside...

  • The 7 biggest muscle building myths & mistakes that keep guys small, weak, and frustrated. (These BS lies are pushed by all the big magazines and even by many trainers.)
  • How to build meal plans that allow you to build muscle, lose fat, and get healthy with ease…eating foods you love (yes, including those deemed “unclean” by certain “gurus”)…and never feeling starved, deprived, or like you’re “on a diet.”
  • The 5 biggest fat loss myths & mistakes that keep women overweight, disappointed, and confused. (These BS lies are pushed by all the big magazines and even by many trainers.)
  • An all-in-one training system that delivers MAXIMUM results for your efforts…spending no more than 3 to 6 hours in the gym every week…doing workouts that energize you, not wipe you out.
  • A no-BS guide to supplements that will save you hundreds if not THOUSANDS of dollars each year that you would’ve wasted on products that are nothing more than bunk science and marketing hype.
  • And a whole lot more!

The bottom line is you CAN achieve that “Hollywood body" without having your life revolve around it. No long hours in the gym, no starving yourself, and no grueling cardio that turns your stomach.

My book will show you how. Get it today and let’s build a body you can be proud of.

Bigger Leaner Stronger

Bigger Leaner Stronger

Thinner Leaner Stronger

Thinner Leaner Stronger

If you enjoyed this article, get updates. It's free.

100% Privacy. We don't rent or share our email lists.
Leave a Comment!

More from Muscle For Life

Sign in to Muscle For Life
or use your MFL Account