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Aspiring bodybuilders oten get caught up inthe latest theories on weight training yet ailto grasp the importance o the oundation o growth itsel: the simple rep.Talking about how to perorm a rep is notsexy, high tech, or something that can be putin a bottle and sold as a supplement (RepRX?),yet in the nal analysis, the rep is what standsbetween you and more muscle and is the veryplace so many bodybuilders all short.They slop through their reps, rush through their reps, or have no intensity during their reps,but rarely see what is under their nose: It isn’t the routine they’re ollowing, the supplementsthey’re taking, or the diet they eat that stops their muscle growth, but the very way they per-orm their reps that keeps them rom getting larger. Translated: Sometimes it’s not what youdo, but how you do it!People tend to look or complex answers to simple problems. I get stacks o letters and e-mailrom people with all sorts o questions as to why they are not making any progress. Their theo-ries range rom “I think it was the descending set-negative eedback loop-burn sets that stopmy muscle growth”, to “Aliens have put growth retarding chemicals in my creatine.”With that introduction, let us get onto what is the ultimate growth rep, with a little scienticmumbo-jumbo in between.
Wha acually causes muscle growt?
This is the point in the article where I could go into a long and unusually boring dissertationabout muscle physiology: Muscle ber types, controversies over whether the muscle getslarger or divides into new muscle cells, or both.Number o reps, volume o training, concentric, eccentric, isometric, etc.: this is importantinormation or the research scientist, but not all that relevant to the hard training bodybuild-er.I mean, what are we looking or here? In a nut shell, what we want is the correct level o stimulation to a muscle to make it larger, right? Too little stimulus and the muscle won’t grow.Too much stimulus and the muscle doesn’t grow, or worse yet, gets smaller due to injury orinability to recuperate. The proper stimulus within a given period o time is what we are look-ing or.This brings me to another point. It is not the amount o actual weight that is the most impor-tant actor to muscle growth, but the actual amount o stress or tension the muscle must en-dure during the rep that is the crucial stimulus or growth. But some might ask “Doesn’t usingmore weight mean more stress on the muscle?”