The Muscle Is The Message

By

Vince Del Monte, WBFF Pro Fitness Model, Certified Fitness Trainer
and Nutritionist and author of No Nonsense Muscle
Building.

Have you ever wondered why when you first started training with my No Nonsense Muscle Building program, or even my No Nonsense Fat Loss program, you feel stronger before you see any muscle growth?

That’s because your excited new body is experiencing a neuromuscular response – don’t worry, it’s not as complicated as it sounds and an important term I’ll familiarize you with.

A neuromuscular response means that your nerves are communicating more efficiently with your muscle fibers, brining more of them into play. This is half of my formula for making you stronger.

The second half of the formula is adding more muscle mass, which takes longer, usually a few weeks.  That’s because your body needs to synthesize (create) the proteins that are used in muscle contractions and that takes more time.   We’ll talk about building muscle mass in another post.

For now, I want you to understand that as you start to pump iron (even if you’re coming back off a lay off), this new activity is telegrahped to your spinal cord and brain via your nerves.  The nerves tell the muscle that is being trained that is must contract (i.e. lift), and the muscle accepts the orders like a good solider.

It’s very important to understand that your brain needs to tell your body what’s going on first before you start seeing new slabs of muscle mass all over your body.  It’s not like you have an option to skipping this phase but it’s important to understand your body has to undergo neuromuscular adaptations first, before the real muscle growth occurs.

I trust that helps if you’re a beginner or just coming back, and starting to get impatient because you’re not seeing any new muscle mass on your body yet.  Trust the program – the muscle growth is about to explode!

This now explains if you were only doing 8 reps of an exercise with a particular weight and a couple days later you could do 10 reps, and by the end of the week you could do 12, yet you see zero change in the mirror, you know why.

You’re experiencing a neuromuscular response and since your body is communicating better with your muscles – you can do more reps – but you are not seeing new muscle mass because your body has not needed to synthesize (create) new proteins that would be needed for those muscle contractions.

In simple terms, your body has the muscle mass required to lift the weights you’re lifting. You won’t build more muscle until you’re body needs new muscle to complete the task.

If you’re confident you’re beyond the neuromuscular adapation phase and struggling to add new muscle mass to your frame each week than you’re definitely screwing up and making some serious mistakes within your training program, diet or lifestyle.

The closest you can get to me lifting the weights for you is by downloading my complete muscle building routine which is currently the top rated muscle program on the entire Internet.  It works especially well if you’re a hard gainer and I’ll tell you and show you exactly how to eat and train to add some muscle mass.

Don’t forget to share your comments and thoughts.

Vince

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23 thoughts on “The Muscle Is The Message

  1. Vince,
    A few months ago I purchased a full copy of your training program from the internet. However for some reason the program didn’t down load properly. I still recieve your emails and updates, but I dont have the 29 week program and the other offers I was promised when I made the initial purchase.

    I’ve recently moved into our new house that I built and I built my own personal gym out the back. I’ve started some training, but i’m not sure how to continue, as im only going on the short video clips that come with your emails. My girlfriend and I are getting engaged this weekend and I want to shape up for the wedding. Can you please send me the program again, as I have sent emails about this before, but I’m not sure I sent them to the right place.

    Cheers,
    Sean

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  2. As a women I am not really interested in adding muscle mass but would like to understand the difference between adding mass and gaining definition. Does one have to add mass to gain definition or is it more a process of burning fat near the muscle, or both? How can one maximize definition without building mass in terms of how the body responds over time? If you can clarify this I am sure lots of other women doing weight work would appreciate it!

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  3. Hey Vince How can I Grow my arms and chest? everything else is big but those.

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  4. Hey Vince!

    Yes, it does take time for the nerves to fire -up the muscles and react. It is a chain of events…you have to stimulate with an intense workout, then allow the body to recover and respond by building itself up via new muscles.

    With a recent herniated disc, I know all too well this process. My left leg is week due to the sciatic and inferior gluteal nerves being pitched. Slowly I am gaining strength back but it takes time and it is all due to the above explained chain of events that need to happen, starting with the nerves.

    Nice blog Vince! 😉

    Sean

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  5. LOL… in response to my brothers being skinny.

    Both of my brothers are national level endurance athletes. Adrian, 26, just wont the Canadian triathlon championships this past summer for his age group (25-29) and my youngest brother Michael, 21, is a national level middle distance (800m and 1500m) track star.

    They both do some modifications of my full body workouts in the off season but not with the intention of building new muscle mass…

    …maybe one day, if they ever retire from distance sports, they’ll follow in their big brothers foot steps 🙂

    Vince

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  6. Hey Vince,

    This advice is really good for someone like me. I have had success with weight training for about a year, but with slow growth. It’s OK. Not running any races.

    Just a note. I had to take off from the gym for over a week because a friend died, and the family needed my wife and I. I felt really guilty because you burn very little when you are driving and not at the gym. I took Swiss Ball and a little iso thing I have to work out a little, but that got put aside also. I found out, though, that I ate a good breakfast, some snack meals on a granola base, and one meal somewhere of chef salad. I felt good and I don’t look like I’ve put on 30 pounds.

    Take Care

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  7. Dear Vince,

    Thanks for all the informations you have sent me.
    You are a great help to me!
    Please, lets stay in touch.
    Con mucho amor,
    Zereck

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  8. Hi Vince!

    I must say that this was something that truly opened my eyes of how the body works when it gets down to muscle building. I knew that it would take some time before the muscle-growth would occur after a completed workout, but now I know what causes the growth!

    By the way. I’m from Sweden and I’m underway studying the English C course in my school, and we’re working with a massive project with the baserules that whatever subject you choose to work with you have to focus on one English-speaking country. And of course my work is all about Fat Loss For Succers, almost similar to your work as personal trainer, what you reveal to us. And my question is if I could mail you some questions regarding Fat Loss, building muscle and gaining weight etc, almost like an interview?
    If that sounds interesting, please send me an confirmation email so I know when I can start developing my questions.

    Anywho, keep working hard Vince! I believe in both you and your programs! And soon I am also going to saddle up and ride the bull, which is your fat loss and muscle building programs!
    Until next time

    Best regards
    Johan Wåhlin

    P.s Dont mind you having a look at my blog-page where I have a picture of me summer 2007 and a picture from summer 2008. (Most of the text are on Swedish, but some are in english) D.s

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  9. Hey Vince-

    You know the funny thing about this post?? I was just thinking it about a week ago. I’ve been working out consistently and eating right for a good three weeks or a bit more now and haven’t seen any real gain yet. But i have knoticed that I am lifting more. So thank you for posting that. It was quite helpful.

    ~~Sam

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  10. Hi Vince,

    Interesting post and easy to read but I have a question/clarification.

    So once your body goes the inital phase of getting your muscles and nerves fired up, you need to push yourself more by increasing weight/intensity so you can develop more muscle?

    Dave

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  11. i am to skiny can you just help in how to gain weight

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  12. You may want to fix this sentence in your blog, “In simple terms, your body has the muscle mass required to lift the weights you’re lifting. You won’t build more muscle muscle until you body needs new muscle to complete the task.”

    1) muscle is used twice in a row
    2) you -> your

    I thought it was an interesting point.

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  13. I would like Pro and Cons comparing your product to Jeff “the Nerd”, Jon B, Craig B, and Ultimate Warrior (BetterU)??????

    I was disappointed by one of your videos which showed you and your bros who aren’t using your program (they are skinny)!!! Is it that your programs too hard todo/maintain???

    Limited funds!!!

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  14. I can understand this. I find it very hard to add muscle, though I am able to increase the weight/reps in my workouts. Some of us are just ‘small muscled’ I guess!

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  15. i have a few questions, i have been working out lately at the gym.I am curious to know how many reps for each weight will be considered fair or okay?, for intsance i do a bech press 45 pounds about 10reps.i also realise each time i work out i barely can keep my arms close to my sides like am all muscled out like my arms re pumped up my chest too, i have more questions but will ask later on.

    Thank you

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  16. Hey Vince,

    I am a great fan of yours, and Congratulations for your blog it is the great work done by you

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  17. I am muscle physiologist doing my own personal training! The average muscle weight gain per person may vary but the usual range is 3-6 lbs per year, that is if you’re not “juiced-up” with steroids or something like growth hormones. This is even less if you are a diabetic. The way it seem you’ve put a lot of muscle mass already coz you’ve been training for at least more than 10 years now. Try to compute your initial poundage before your program and that of now and you’ll see what I am talking about.

    I am not really much into the hyped muscle bulding programs out there. I am writing a dissertation about muscle physiology and the pro’s and con’s of muscle building versus the long term effects of inactivity: passive and active movements.

    Anyway, more power!

    Ernie

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  18. Hi i research a program for weith gainer
    do you have a program for me (hard please)
    i love that
    i went for new ..
    byee

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  19. I’ve been working out for a while now and finally I am starting to see results. At first I was frustrated because I looked like I was just working out for nothing but I realize that my body is different and develops muscle in a different way.

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  20. Now I know why..
    I had a conversation with this guy at the gym and he said “You’re pretty strong for a skinny guy. I was strong when I was skinny. I wonder why?” I just shrugged by shoulders and carry on with my workout whilst wondering the same thing.
    But now I know..

    Thanks Vince, keep up the excellent work

    -B-

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