Here it is, folks. The question everyone wants to know for a multitude of reasons: “If I Lift Weights, Will I Get Bigger Muscles?” At Total Fitness, we want to be as transparent with you as possible. We want you to ask the tough questions, inquire about your health, and fight for the health and lifestyle that you want to lead. We are often asked this question but, depending on the person, we have given lots of different answers. This is definitely a question that deserves some background information, a lot of explanation and definitely more than just a yes or no response. The grey area of health and fitness lives and breathes with this question and for that reason, it gets us very excited!
Let’s Get Scientific
If we are going to take this question quite literally, then it’s time to throw out some fancy terms. Gaining muscle is also known as hypertrophy. This term means that the very cells within your muscle tissue are growing and enlarging. Hypertrophy is achieved from many different angles and factors. First of all, like everything, genetics do play a role. Secondly, gender can be an important factor when trying to achieve bigger muscles. Third and our most favorite, your training intensity creates a direct impact on hypertrophy of your muscles. So with all of these factors to consider, we can then break down this question to your wants and desires? Do you think that just because you lift weights, you will get “too” muscular or “bulky”? Do you think that just because you lift weights, you will achieve that beach body you’ve been dreaming of since spring break of 1980? While such a simple question, it contains a lot of depth.
Lifting Weights Can Help You Achieve Bigger Muscles
There, we said it and we meant it. Yes, lifting weights can help you to reach your goals and acquire larger muscles. However, this greatly depends on how you lift, what you lift, how much you lift, when you lift, and the frequency in which it is all done. Your training intensity will directly affect your ability to achieve bigger muscles and it’s not going to happen overnight. No one goes to bed a string bean and wakes up looking like Arnold Schwarzenegger. Let’s also not forget all of the other factors that play a role in the game too!
Did we just contradict ourselves? No, you are just reading it wrong! While lifting weights can help you achieve bigger muscles, it does not mean that it is a 100% absolute. Many men and women come to us and tell us that they have no desire to gain muscle mass but want to tone. This is also done by lifting weights! Lifting weights does not mean that you will get bigger muscles, but instead it can mean a multitude of things.
Looking to Gain, Tone, Strengthen or Stabilize your Muscles
Whether you are looking to gain, tone, strengthen or stabilize your muscles, our expert professionals at Total Fitness can help you do it. We can go over your health and fitness desires and find the perfect weight lifting program that is designed to help you reach your goals! For more information about Total Fitness, give us a call today at (763) 237-3245.