The Optimum Muscle Growth Environment

Larry Scott Muscle Growth

Muscle growth is dependent on 2 things:

1. Utilization of Amino Acids by a muscle cell for cellular growth (bigger myofibrils).

2. Entry of Amino Acids (final breakdown product of protein into cell).

For this to occur the Amino Acids must be in the serum (blood) and they must have the mechanism to get into the cell.

Working out LOWERS blood sugar.

The body shuts or slows down the insulin production. The body produces glycogen to raise blood sugar. Insulin is the primary driver of Amino Acids into the cell.

Workout too hard and:

- burn all your energy reserves

- shut down insulin production

- increase glycogen production

- you start working out on your "neuro transmitters" (norepinephrine), you shake

– "over tonus" / overtraining

- blood sugar falls

- Amino Acids don't get into cells

- muscle growth can't occur

- muscle growth can only occur AFTER the workout when over tonus subsides (eat)

Lessons Learned

1. Keep Amino Acids high in the blood

2. Keep insulin going (production)

3. Don't burn-off all energy reserves during aworkout, so you don't shut off all of the insulin

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