THE FASTEST WAY TO MUSCLE GROWTH:
Several years ago, while surfing the internet, I came across the web page of a COMPETITION LEVEL BODYBUILDER. The next day, while I was working out at Sampson Street World Gym in Philadelphia, I see the guy who had the web page. So I said, "hi," and learned it was his web page. As we talked, I found out Mark had also earned a graduate in physiology.
He told me that to put on muscle mass it is only necessary to do one set for each muscle / muscle group, but you must go to failure during that set. Going to failure means some of your muscle cells die (pain occurs here.) In response, additional body resources are allocated to replace the dead muscle cells, PLUS additional resources for muscle growth (to be able to handle the load where before the muscle failed.) If you did not go to failure, less body resources would be allocated for muscle growth.
Going to failure multiple times is counterproductive, since even more muscle cells die, which means some of the resources which would go towards muscle growth is devoted to replacing more dead cells instead.
SUMMARY: MUSCLE GROWTH WILL OCCUR AS LONG AS YOU DO ONE SET AND GO TO FAILURE.
ADVANTAGES: fastest way to increase muscle mass, saves time, prevents overtraining
DISADVANTAGES: if you workout at a gym, there is less time to admire all the eye candy.
About two years ago, I was diagnosed with diabetes and arthritis. They have wrecked my workouts. Diabetes often makes you feel tired and makes you lose motivation to go to the gym. Arthritis pain, which moves to different body parts, is currently causing pain in my left knee. I don't like to workout alone, since there is a danger my blood sugar level will drop to dangerous levels. So I need to intentionally do much less of a workout, at least until I slowly get stronger. A workout partner would be a great help to reach my fitness goals.
Although 80% of people with diabetes become obese, I am just slightly overweight. I've made major diet modifications: reducing sugar as much as possible, much more fruits and vegetables, avoiding salt and saturated fat. My immediate goal is to lose 10 pounds, my long term goal is to resume weight lifting and restore the muscle mass I've lost and lose 20 pounds .
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