muscle building, i.e. the increase of muscle mass resp. the muscle cross section increase, is called in the science also muscular hypertrophy.
In the 80’s, muscular hypertrophy was primarily popular among bodybuilders. Today, building muscle mass is one of the most common training goals in the gym. The reasons to build muscle can vary from person to person. A large proportion of those who build muscle do so for aesthetic reasons. Others want to achieve an increase in physical performance through greater muscle mass. Health aspects can also be the intention for muscle building training.
In the following article, we will first discuss the physiological principles of muscle growth and the factors that influence it. Subsequently, the most important training parameters for an optimal muscle building training are explained and exemplary training plans are presented. Finally, an insight into the elementary principles of nutrition for a successful muscle build-up is given.