Hypertrophy and Strength: Does Size Matter

The Muscle You Have Is Not What’s Important.

When I was a kid, my dad used to say “You have what you don’t have; you don’t have what you don’t use.” That’s why I love this quote so much.

If your bodyweight is not the best it could be, then how are you going to get anything done with it? How are YOU going to make progress?

If you’re reading this article, chances are you already have some kind of physique. Maybe it’s small but if it were any bigger, you’d probably be considered skinny. But there is no point in being skinny when your goal is to get big! Your bodyweight doesn’t define your worth.

Your value comes from your mind and how well do you apply the principles of proper nutrition and training?

My Body Is Not A Prize To Be Won…Or Lost!

I’m sure you’ve heard the saying “you got what you put into it” before. Well, this phrase applies to your body as well. When you train hard and eat right, your body will respond positively. However, if you’re doing something else other than what your body wants to do, then it won’t grow at all!

Your goals must be aligned with your actions!

Your Body Has Its Limits And You Mustn’t Overdo It!

There is nothing wrong with setting goals for yourself. It’s a great way to stay motivated and on track. But if you overdo it, there’s going to be negative consequences. Some individuals take this concept too far and they can’t handle the workload.

The same concept goes for your training routines. Some people try to quickly advance past their limits. They begin doing things that are dangerous for their bodies and this is how injuries happen. You can’t do this if you want to get the most out of your body.

There’s A Lot You Can Do With What You’ve Got!

The human body is a very resilient machine. If you give it what it needs and take care of it, then it’ll respond accordingly. The more you work it and feed it properly, the bigger and stronger it can get. There is no limit to what your body is capable of doing!

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This is why there is no reason to feel disappointed if you don’t have the ideal body type for building muscle. It doesn’t matter what you look like on the outside. It matters what’s on the inside!

The Ideal Muscle Building Body Type

Muscle size and strength are important but it’s not everything. There is a lot more that goes into having the ideal body type for building muscle. You also need to look good naked and have confidence in yourself. This is why you shouldn’t worry too much about not having the ideal body type.

There are other things that play a role in this.

The Male Body Image

There are many guys who are insecure with their body image. It’s common for guys to want to have the ideal six-pack abs and huge biceps. However, they don’t realize that there is more to the male body than just physical appearance. Confidence and being happy with yourself is a big one.

Do You Want To Be A Freak?

It’s great to have dreams and aspirations of becoming bigger and stronger. However, if your goals are unrealistic, then you’ll be setting yourself up for disappointment. It’s perfectly normal to desire a muscular physique but if you think you’re going to turn into the next Phil Heath or Ronnie Coleman, then you’d better think again! Only a select few can achieve that goal and you need to be realistic with yourself.

You Cannot Control Everything

Some individuals try to have full control over things. They try to hold everything together by being super attentive. While it’s important to be in control, you also have to know when to let go every once in a while. You can’t get upset or feel guilty if things don’t go the way you planned.

You need to learn how to roll with the punches and this will help prepare you for any unexpected obstacles that may occur later in life.

You Can’t Do It Alone

No one becomes successful all by themselves. Even the most famous bodybuilders and professional athletes had help along the way. You need to surround yourself with people who are willing to help you. This could be a training partner, family member, or even a friend.

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Sometimes all you need is someone to give you that extra push to get you to where you want to be.

Take Things Day-By-Day

It can be overwhelming to think about where you want to be in a year, let alone five years. You need to take things one day at a time if you want to remain positive and motivated. Planning for the future is great but it can cause unnecessary stress and anxiety. Focus on what you have to do today and take it from there.

No Matter What, Keep Going!

The most important thing to remember is to never give up and always keep going. You may encounter obstacles along the way but that doesn’t mean you should stop what you’re doing. Learn from your mistakes and keep on pushing towards your goal.

People may tell you that you can’t do it or that you won’t succeed. They may be right, but it’s not going to stop you from trying. No matter what others say or do, you must believe in yourself to reach your maximum potential. Even if you don’t reach your goals, at least you can look back and be proud of yourself for at least trying.

A Fantastic Body Awaits You

Some guys may have the ideal genetics to build a great physique but that doesn’t mean you can’t achieve one as well. It just takes some time, patience, and hard work. A great body is awaiting you and all you have to do is take that first step towards achieving your goals.

So, what are you waiting for?

Get to it!

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Exercise-induced changes in muscle size do not contribute to exercise-induced changes in muscle strength by JP Loenneke, SL Buckner, SJ Dankel, T Abe – Sports Medicine, 2019 – Springer

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