Nov 24, 2021
We are replaying one of our most popular episodes for you this
Amy Hudson and Brian Cygan explain why that feeling of your
muscles burning is exactly what you want to feel every time you go
to the gym. Learn why muscle burn is one of the best indications
that you’re exercising at the right intensity and without it, you
won’t get the fitness results you’re looking for.
- The intensity of an exercise is crucial to achieving the
fitness results you want, and the feeling of muscle burn is a
positive indication of that intensity.
- Effective exercise is simply a stimulus, where you stress the
body in order for it to change for the better. Effective strength
training needs to be intense enough to serve as that stimulus.
Labored breathing, muscle burning, and a little discomfort are
necessary elements of that kind of exercise.
- If you’re not experiencing some level of discomfort when
exercising you are just going through the motions and aren’t
putting in enough effort to see any real results.
- The fast-twitch muscle fibers are the ones that burn during
exercise and they are the main focus of high-intensity exercise.
The reason they burn is because they utilize the anaerobic
subsystem of metabolism.
- Fast-twitch muscle fibers store sugar in the form of glycogen,
and that’s what is consumed when exercising at an adequate
intensity level. Muscle burn is a sign that you’re really tapping
into the stored energy of your muscles, which is a good thing and
you need to do to get stronger.
- Some people have more fast-twitch muscles than others and some
muscle groups have more fast-twitch muscle fibers than others.
- Our natural response to the sensation of muscle burn is to be
worried, but it’s okay to keep pushing through. The burn sensation
is different from pain.
- As muscles fatigue near the end of a set, that’s when coaching
and encouragement are vital.
- The brain is a prediction machine, and we have to intentionally
override the survival mechanisms that tell us to stop exercising
and preserve some energy in order to achieve the greatest
- People often look to muscle soreness as an indication that the
workout was effective, but it doesn’t actually correlate to results
later on. Muscle burn doesn’t necessarily lead to muscle soreness
- Eccentric training doesn’t burn as much as basic strength
training, but it does produce more soreness later on. Delayed onset
muscle soreness occurs more at the beginning of a new program and
tends to reduce over time.
- The Exerbotics equipment gives Strength Coach clients an
important advantage but showing progress over time instead of
relying on sensations like muscle soreness.
- If your exercise isn’t delivering any changes to your body,
then it’s not intense enough.
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