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Thread: Hypertrophy?

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    Senior Member Nate's Avatar
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    From what I have gathered I am under the impression that Hypertrophy is a phase that a lifter should train in for a while.

    My question is: are their other phases? if their are could you give a short description of them?

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    do you know what hypertophy is?

    as for other phases depends on your goals?
    my exprience - joined gym 10 years ago, 6 1/2 years hard weight training exprience.

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    Senior Member Nate's Avatar
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    do you know what hypertophy is?

    I think it's a phase where you try to improve your strength and endurance as aposed to one or the other. Am I right?

    and what kind of phases should i train in if i am using body building routines?

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    Hypertrophy is basically muscle growth. I don't really know what you mean by phase.

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    Hypertrophy is the growth of an organ. Muscle hypertrophy is the growth of a muscle.

    There is a recovery phase. Where your body restores itself to its potential. During recovery no work should be done recovering muscles.

    Thats about all, the basics that is.
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    Recovery phase can have work done to the muscle and should have work done to the muscle. Its the fundemental law of deloading used in Periodization, if applied correctly.

    Hypertrophy is the gaining of muscular bulk. There are two causes of hypertrophy:

    Hyperplasia which we discussed earlier in this article.

    The enlargement of cross-sectional areas of certain fibers. (Sarcoplasmic hypertrophy and Myofibrillar hypertrophy)

    Sarcoplasmic hypertrophy the volume of non-contractile proteins and semifulid plasma builds up or increases between the muscle fibers. Although the cross-sectional area of the muscle increases greatly there is a decrease in fiber density, causing a loss in force production. This form of hypertrophy is largely found in bodybuilders.

    Myofibrillar hypertrophy the myofibrils increase in density and increase in individual numbers. Unlike sarcoplasmic hypertrophy the muscle density increases, which allows the ability to generate and exert more force. This form of hypertrophy is mostly found in elite Olympic weightlifters and power lifters. It is not impossible but unlikely that athletes from different sports such as bodybuilding can exert force equal to or greater than a power lifter. Nor is it common to see a power lifter exhibit muscular bulk as great as that of a bodybuilder. It is highly doubtful that a bodybuilder could exert a force as great as an elite Olympic weightlifter. Heavy resistance training contributes to both forms of hypertrophy, but the design of the training program and genetic factors play a role in the development of hypertrophy to individuals.


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    Very nicely put.
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