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