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.
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