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There are few things in life more frustrating than waiting for the visual results of exercise to appear: “I know exercise works, but how much longer do I have to do this before I SEE it work?” It’s enough to make you want to abandon the gym altogether and go on a crash diet. However, as is the case with so much else in life, the lifestyle of exercise must create change on the inside before any kind of change on the outside can appear.

By its nature, the body has built-in response capabilities that allows it to overcome and adapt to the millions of stressors of its external environment. When you breathe in dust, your body coughs it out in order to keep it out of the lungs. When you get cut, your body develops a scab in order to keep dirt from getting into your blood stream and causing infection. Likewise, resistance training is also a stress – albeit deliberate – that is placed on the body that requires a number of adaptations to occur in order to overcome. Namely, these adaptations effect the body at the neurological, muscular, endocrine, and anthropomorphic levels: 

  • Neurological: The body’s ability to lift heavier loads with training is due to “increased motor unit recruitment,” which occurs when the amount of muscle fibers that a given neuron innervates is increased-the more muscle fibers that fire at one time, the more weight you can lift
  • Muscular: Chronic and progressive resistance training causes these fibers to grow in size, known as “hypertrophy,” which allows the body to lift heavier weight
  • Hormonal: After each workout that you complete, testosterone and growth hormone are released in order to take protein and repair the muscle fibers that were damaged from the weight that you lifted. As a result these hormones build your muscles stronger, leaner, and denser so that they can withstand more and more weight as you go through each workout of your program
  • Anthropomorphic: due to the increased percentage of your body weight now being comprised of muscle, your body uses any stored fat you may have in addition to the calories you consume from food, and devotes them entirely to maintaining your muscles. Your muscles literally turn your body into a fat-burning machine! Furthermore, since you have less fat underneath your skin, your muscle definition begins to appear more prominent, giving you an overall tighter, firmer, and slimmer figure. FINALLY!! 

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