Building muscle is an essential component of sporting activity, not only for bodybuilders but also for those who would like to lose weight and keep their bodies strong and supple. Muscles are self-sufficient metabolic miracles which – if correctly developed – support the musculoskeletal system and in this way promote health. In short: Regardless of whether the motivation springs from health considerations or aesthetic desires, building muscle makes us more resistant. We explain to you what building muscle means in the first place, what distinguishes muscles, what products ENERGETICS can offer you to help build them and the right way to go about it.
A vertical fold in the middle of the upper arm, between shoulder and ellbow, has to be measured.
A vertical fold three centimeters right of the belly button has to be measured.
A diagonal fold between the end of the ribs and the pelvic bones has to be measured in an angle of about 30 degrees.
A diagonal fold below the pectorals, between nipple and armpit, has to be measured. The fold should follow the course of the muscle.
Here it‘s the same as for women. A vertical fold three centimeters right of the belly button has to be measured.
A vertical fold in the middle of the thigh (front), between hip and knee, has to be measured.
It's no good without variety
Whatever they are used for, muscles need to be developed carefully and constantly stimulated in new ways as they are naturally lazy. How come, lazy muscles? Without new and varied stimuli, muscles get used to the training and shrink back into their energy-saving mode. You can counteract this effect by regularly varying the exercises and intervals and increasing the weights, thereby encouraging muscle build-up.
Muscles need breaks in order to be able to grow
As a result of varied training, muscles have to cope with unusual stresses. In order to be better prepared for such stresses in the future, they grow – but not during the training but in the subsequent rest phase. We recommend giving muscle groups a break of at least 20 to 22 hours between training sessions of normal intensity. It would be best to leave a whole day free.
The right diet is important
Muscles need a healthy mixture of protein and carbohydrates. As muscles themselves consist of protein, they also need it to enable them to grow after training. Carbohydrates, on the other hand, are an important source of energy. The last meal rich in carbohydrates and low in fat should be taken two to three hours before doing any sport as otherwise the blood circulating for the digestion is not available to the muscles in training.
A rule of thumb for endurance athletes: 50 to 60% of their diet should consist of carbohydrates.
Women do not have to be afraid they will suddenly grow bulging muscles if they do strength training – this is prevented by their lower concentration of androgenic hormones such as testosterone. Even if the proportion of their muscle mass increases with intensive training, this happens to a far lesser extent than with men. One major advantage of increasing the percentage of muscle is to reduce the proportion of fat. The active body mass increases resulting in increased calorie consumption in a resting state. Further benefits include:
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