Heat Shock Proteins
written about lately as possibly being another major factor in the building of muscle mass in an
First off, heat shock proteins, aka HSPs
are proteins within the body that increase internally within a muscle
when it’s being subjected to elevated temperatures and a high form of
(No, this isn’t something you can buy in a bucket or a nutrition bar at
a supplement store.)
HSPs have been shown in the Journal
of Orthopedic Science
of Applied Physiology
The reason for this is that HSPs cause the activation of the muscle
cells that are responsible for the growth and recovery of muscle tissue.
Also, they increase protein synthesis (which in simple terms means that
the body better utilizes the amino acids within the blood and storage
to build and gain muscle weight).
Now, I don’t want to turn this into some boring, science term-filled
article, but I think you get the point.
These HSPs may be a major piece to the muscle building puzzle.
Exactly what types of “high forms of stress” will stimulate HSPs?
There are several, like
temperature elevation, decreased glucose availability, increased
intracellular calcium levels, and reduced blood flow to the muscle
(how’s that for a bunch
“scientific-sounding" terms for you
The main one I want to briefly address in this article is the last
one…reduced blood flow to the muscle being trained.
In many of my recent articles, which you can read at http://www.FromSkinnyToMuscular.com/articles.html
I’ve written on why training
to increase the amount of lactic acid within it, the so-called “burning
sensation”, is so important if building muscle mass naturally is your
Well, lactic acid forms as a result of reduced blood flow to the muscle.
Actually, it’s been shown that
higher the amount of lactic acid in a muscle the higher the amount of
Also, one of the other factors that stimulates HSPs listed above,
decreased glucose availability, also is achieved by decreased blood
flow to the training muscle…..which, again, can be achieved by going
“for the burn” (lactic acid build-up).
So, once again, the
lifting of heavier
and heavier weight is not the main factor in building muscle mass and
Sure, it’s the way to go if pure strength gains is what you’re after,
but if physically larger
a more developed physique is what you’re seeking, the are other more
important factors that you have to seek
increasing HSP’s in a trained muscle via going for that lactic acid
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