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Discussion in 'Training' started by Zillagreybeard, Jun 11, 2022.
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The idea around muscle damage-induced hypertrophy comes from the correlation beteen the damage that results from strength training, and (1) the greater protein synthesis that follows, (2)as well as the greater satellite cells activity that can contribute to an increase in number of muscle fibers.
Yet even when protein synthesis is at its highest, there is no actual hypertrophic response. ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣
Satellite cells located in the outer layer of the muscle fiber are capable of increasing the number of myofibril, therefore the increased activity that occurs after muscle-damaging workouts could theoretically increase the number of muscle fibers after repair. ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣
Yet, this does not seem to occur, and quite in fact, even the increased activity in satellite cells seems to be related to the repairing (and not hypertrophic) process of the muscle fiber. ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣
Lastly, when muscle damage is avoided during long-term strength training, this seems to have no negative effects on the muscle gains that result, and when muscle damage is produced by means other than through exercise, this does not cause hypertrophy. ⁣⁣⁣

All in all, while muscle damage can be experienced with simultaneous hypertrophy, it doesn’t seem to be an independent cause of hypertrophy, contrary to mechanical tension, which of course is the main driver of growth.

Unfortunately, we’re not Saiyans. 🙁

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