If I Lift Weights, Will I get BIGGER Muscles?

 

This is another popular question among people who are just starting off in the fitness scope of things and want to “build” muscle and be able to look the part. Now assuming this question is true and life was just this easy, as a personal trainer I could tell my clients “lift weights and you will have bigger muscles” and the problem is solved but because life doesn’t work this way, lifting weights builds muscles depending on how you are going about lifting the weights. What this means is: hypertrophy, strength and endurance. Remember these three words because they are very important from this blog post on.  Not a whole lot of people know what any of these words mean or how to build muscle the correct way using these terms and this is why I see so many people plateau or do exercises and strain their muscles, injuries, no sense of proper reps and sets, over-train their bodies and wonder why they don’t see the results they want to see.  Well, because of this, I am here to help you so you have a better understanding of lifting weights to gain muscle and explain what these three terms mean in the fitness industry.

Deciding whether a client or yourself will get “bigger” muscles depends on: genetics, gender and training intensity. 

Genetics meaning muscle fiber types: fast twitch, and slow twitch.  Fast twitch muscle fibers will have an easier time gaining muscle than the slow twitch ( I will tell you what each of these mean)

Gender, males normally acquire larger muscles than females (this doesn’t mean females cannot have large muscle because female bodybuilders are perfect example of large muscles but men typically will always have larger muscles)

Training intensity is one thing you can control and can help determine how big your muscles do get. This is where I will talk about the terms

  • Hypertrophy: The enlargement of an organ or tissue from the increase in size of its cells. What this means is to build muscle mass, you have to work on hypertrophy first. If one wants to work on hypertrophy they should be doing at least 80 percent of their 1RM (1 repetition maximum).  For untrained clients or those of you who are not conditioned, you should start off at 60 percent because this could be your 1RM; but to know for sure, you need to test your 1RM and then figure out what is 80 percent of this. I will make a blog post explaining how to find your 1RM.
For now I will leave you with the term hypertrophy because the other two aren’t important for building muscle mass but I will make sure to include those other two in another blog post of mine. Hopefully this will help some of you understand what it means to gain bigger muscles and all the things one should consider if they want bigger muscle mass. If you have any questions, feel free to ask me. 
Sincerely,
Your Fitness Blogger Shay-lon xoxo

 

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Hello! College graduate in exercise science and ACSM Certified Personal Trainer. My blog has all kinds of fun topics, something for everyone who is anyone that involves themselves with fitness. I like to think of fitness as a confidence booster, something to make us feel good and look good & pushes us to do things that make us feel more productive, unstoppable and stronger mentally and physically. My blog focuses on building people, and helping people see their true potential, while also sharing my journey with workouts, competing with powerlifting, and sharing how to's on workouts, so you step inside the gym with more knowledge. I don't know everything but I am on a voyage to build my character, my strength and work on my weaknesses --- with awesome people in my corner who support me and my goals. I plan on being your cheerleader, friend, coach and trainer all-in-one and most of all, I want to be your listener, the person who can listen and gain more knowledge about you and learn what makes fitness important to you; what's your why! (Your why will carry you to the finish line). It's important to have purpose for something, because you will need that purpose when you start to give up on yourself or want to quit. "Don't let the fire that guides you, dim" - Shay-lon Besides the fitness stuff, I reside in Ohio, love dogs and love pizza. Typical 26 year old trying to build an empire that brings out the best in others and makes me the best person I can be in all aspects in my life. Before I die, I want a reason to live, and I was given that reason each day I am able to wake up --- I have learned to not take life for granted and to explore as much as possible because to live with zero regrets would be fantastic! "I've conquered many things, but I still have much to learn about life, because nobody can know everything. & every battle is different" - Shay-lon

9 thoughts on “If I Lift Weights, Will I get BIGGER Muscles?”

    1. Chape!
      Glad to see you noticed. I have been forgetting about how there is more themes, so I decided to explore the theme world and found one that might help catch the eyes of my audience. I am pleased to hear you enjoy it thus far 🙂

      Shay-lon xoxo

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      1. Yeah, Yeah , Yeah. So you say Chape, you brought me a nightmare Jr. lol. Since it is colorful, I might like it .. 😉 Thanks for the help Chape!
        I will surely let you know how the reads are & see if I can use what I have learned for my own blogging.

        Shay-lon xoxo

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