Muscle building refers to the development of large and powerful muscles. It is a common sport activity performed by young people to show off their strength, build their muscles, and to impress others. Bodybuilding and muscle building (or bodybuilding) do have the same purpose. Muscle building aims to change the cell physiology of muscles to create more muscular tissues capable of producing more force for specific demands such as lifting weights.
The primary growth hormone in the body is testosterone. Testosterone has the unique property to allow muscles to grow even when the environment does not require so much energy (calories). This property enables the body to develop large muscles without taking much calories or protein.
To support the increased growth hormone production in the body, most modern day muscle building workouts require a lot of high energy diets that are rich in protein (as mentioned above), carbohydrates, fats, and other supplements that promote growth hormones production. The problem with this strategy is that it causes extreme dietary requirements and may even lead to nutritional deficiency. Bodybuilders quickly realize that the higher energy requirements come at a cost of fat and other harmful components in the body. When they go back to their normal eating habits, the excess calories and protein they have consumed during their workout are stored as body fat. This situation persists indefinitely.
The other major component of muscle building is strength training. Many professional bodybuilders and other experienced individuals in the field argue that strength training does not really increase the size of muscles. Instead, they argue, strength training merely helps the body adapt to an increased amount of work by increasing muscle mass. Thus, a larger muscle mass is achieved through more calories consumed and/or an increase in the body’s metabolic rate. The former can be achieved through exercise while the latter through weightlifting.
But although this might seem to indicate that strength training does not contribute to muscle building, it should be noted that most individuals who engage in strenuous fitness activities and muscle building do in fact burn more calories than they consume during their workouts. And, in order for the body to support this increased need for energy, the heart rate has to rise. If the heart rate does not rise to a desired level during workouts or exercises, then this could be an indication that an individual is not getting enough of the necessary nutrients or vitamins needed for optimum fitness.
It is important to remember that gaining size is not the end result of strength training. Muscle hypertrophy, which is the growth of muscle tissue, is achieved through resistance training. Gaining size in the absence of strength training is nearly impossible. In order to see maximum results from strength training, you need to combine it with proper nutrition. A comprehensive multivitamin and mineral supplement that contain the appropriate vitamins and minerals are your best bet for getting the most from your workouts.