Category Archives: Anatomy

Listen When Your Muscles Talk

When Your Body Speaks… Listen Up!

muscles talk Follow Me on Pinterest Whenever you start with any form of exercise or workout programs, you are most probably going to be feeling stronger before you start noticing any visual changes with your body. This is due to something called Neuromuscular Response.

This scientific term is actually quite simple to understand. This basically happens whenever you start to lift weights. Your body then communicates this through to your brain as well as spinal cord via nerves.

Your body’s nerves act as the drill sergeant and tells your muscles that are being exercised to contract. Your muscles then simply follows the nerve’s orders. This is the only time your muscle fibers are going to respond to the stimulus caused by lifting heavy weights.

Simply put, your brain is telling your body what is going on and your body has to undergo that first. Once your body starts listening to your brain and all this stimulus is caused, only then will your body’s nerves start communicating better with your muscle fibers. This ultimately brings more muscle fibers into play and is one half of the formula needed to get stronger.

What’s the other half you may ask? Well, it’s creating more muscle mass and it takes a little bit longer… usually a couple of weeks. The reason for this is that your body needs to go through a process of protein synthesis and this takes time.

You Might Be Suffering From Muscle Dysmorphia

Muscle Dysmorphia – What On Earth?

muscle dysmorphia Follow Me on Pinterest Without a question of a doubt, whenever you exercise, not only do you benefit from it physically… but also mentally. There is a problem though. Unfortunately, there are guys out there that are just never are satisfied with their appearance, not matter the transformation.

Should you find yourself in this position, then I’m sorry to say that you might be suffering from the male version of Anorexia Nervosa… called Muscle Dysmorphia. In my mind, this is an extremely unfortunate case since there are some people out there who are never happy with either their whole physique or just certain parts of it.

Muscle Dysmorphia is a psychiatric condition found in a certain amount of gym junkies who, no matter how much they bulk up, is never happy with how they look.

The sad part is that alot of these people have the muscles of a superhero and the body of a Greek God, yet they are always found wearing loose-fitting clothes to conceal their apparent “puni-ness“. What BS!

This “sickness” of muscle dysmorphia, can cause men to give up their jobs and break of relationships just so that they can spend more time working on their bodies.

I cannot even start to imagine how bad this is for certain people and I URGE you, that if you have any of these symptoms, to get help… IMMEDIATELY!

Let me show you an example (a video) of what I am talking about. In my mind, this guy suffers from Muscle Dysmorphia.

The Question About Muscle Fibers

The Truth About Muscle Fibers

muscle fibers Follow Me on Pinterest For this we need to go back to the basics. When you exercise, you are causing tiny little tears inside your muscle fibers. Your muscles grow bigger and stronger as your muscle fibers heal. Now, there are some scientists out there who believe that if your muscle fibers reach a certain size, they split.

This in turn increases the amount of muscle fibers that you have and also makes room for more and more muscle fibers. This process is known as Hyperplasia. The fact is that we are all born with different numbers of muscle fibers and a guy or girl with 20 – 25 % more muscle fibers than you, will ultimately be able to grow bigger than you and also become stronger than you.

Now, if you could train some of your muscle fibers to the point of splitting, then in theory you should be able to grow bigger and also become stronger. The problem though is that we aren’t yet clear on whether this is possible in humans.

There have been some studies done on rodents and cats which shows that through weight training, increasing one’s muscle fibers is actually a possibility.

With that being said, if you want a stronger cat… buy it a dumbbell set, but if you want a stronger you, just stick with your training program and keep the faith. The gains will come as the muscle fiber splitting theory may actually be true.

I have already added a great Beginner Full Body Workout Routine, which is a great way for any beginner to start seeing great results. As time goes on, I will also be sharing some other fantastic training programs from which your muscle fibers will benefit.

Different Body Types – Somatotypes

Do You Know All the Different Body Types?

different Body Types Follow Me on Pinterest This is probably one of the most asked questions out there today. “What are the different body types?“. The correct, or scientific term for this is, Somatotypes. This is a system that was developed by an American psychologist named William Herbert Sheldon. He basically photographed over 45,000 different men and women to come up with his composition of classifying different body types.

Actually he identified about 88 different groups or categories, but to keep things simple it all was grouped into 3 main categories. They are as follows:

Ectomorph

These people really struggle to pack on weight and muscle. No matter how much they try, they just cannot seem to pick up weight. Think of High Jump athletes as an example. Usually a good way for these people to put on some weight is to consume more calories per day. Roughly about 500 – 600 more calories whilst eating 4 – 6 times a day along with their training regime should do the trick.