T Nation printed an interesting article breaking down the role of what it takes to grow every type of muscle fiber.
If you want to pack on muscle as fast as possible, build up those Type I fibers everyone else has told you to ignore.
Read This article: Tapping Your Full Growth Potential | T Nation
The mitochondria use oxygen to burn fat and glucose (sugar) and convert it into ATP (energy) for the muscles. If your mitochondria are dormant, which they can be if your not working out, they stop burning fat and sugar and your become insulin resistant. That’s not a good thing.
In order to stay lean keep lifting weights regularly and doing cardio regularly to keep those mitochondria growing and burning fat and sugar, keeping you lean.
Nobody talks about the Mitochondria, they truly are the powerhouse of the cell. Check out suggested supplements for mitochondria on under our catagories menu to the right on the page.
How do you grow muscle tissue? The stereotypical response is usually something like “lift all the weights!” Everyone knows that lifting weights has something to do with an increase in lean body mass. And if you’re really good with your…
Source: 8 Weeks of Strength Endurance for Muscle Growth
Hypertrophy, known as Muscle growth, is key to growing more mitochondria. Remember Mitochondria burn fat and sugar to create energy, ATP, for the body. The more muscle you have the more mitochondria you have. The more mitochondria you have the more fat burning your body does.
Here’s a workout to build those muscles and grow those mitochondria. Don’t forget to walk twenty to thirty minutes after your workout while drinking your protein recovery shake.
Source: The Total Package: A Full Body Strength & Hypertrophy Workout
The US National Library of medicine National Institutes of health published a medical article “The effect of Strength Training on estimates of mitochondrial density and distribution throughout muscle fibers.”
The article concluded that “muscle hypertrophy associated with strength training results in reduced density of regionally distributed mitochondria”
This does not mean mitochondria are not produced from strength training, but it does mean that the density of the mitochondria is not as dense as those produced by cardio.
The healthier the mitochondria, or more dense in this case, the better fat and sugar burn during your workout. As a result of increased fat and sugar burn the more ATP energy will be produced to fuel your workout.
Moral of the story, don’t skip the cardio, whether it’s steady state cardio or high intensity.
Your muscles are full of Mitochondria. Mitochandria are responsible for producing ATP (energy) for your workout. The more Mitochondria you have, the greater the workout and your muscle gains.
According to T Nation
- Increase the number of mitochondria in your muscle cells and you improve strength and strength endurance.
Read our previous article on Growing New Mitochondria
According to Life Extension Magazine , “the only natural ways to stimulate mitochondrial biogenesis were calorie restriction or exhaustive physical activity.”
For those of you who are unfamiliar with the term mitochondrial biogenesis, it means the generation of new mitochondria.
If your a walker 30 to 45 minutes a day of walking will do. If you’re into more intense cardio like HIIT or circuit training, that will work as well.
In addition there are supplements that can help improve the generation of mitochondria. They are mentioned in my previous post 3 Ways to Enhance Your Mitochondria.