Fitmark Ambassador Timothy B. Roberts talks about muscle fatigue
I have realized over the years that there is a big difference between picking a weight up and repping to the high heavens, and actually isolating the muscle so you can get an incredible gain.
There are actual stages of fatigue that are important to reach if you want to accumulate pure muscle through your workout. Here is a brief breakdown of those levels and what role they play in producing muscle.
This first stage of muscle fatigue and is very easy to achieve. Most can pick up a dumbbell, rep it times to get here. The purpose of this stage is either to push through till you reach muscle fatigue or to isolate this tight feeling and build up proper muscle memory. With this enhanced muscle memory, you can now properly rep heavier weight through the same range of motion.
Lactic Acid Threshold
This second stage is where lactic acid starts to build in order to clean out the scar tissue produced by the exercise and repair. This is what is happening when you feel what’s known as the burn. This stage, though painful, isn’t activating any GH/test response in the muscle.
Flex/Resistance (Going Anabolic)
This is the third stage where your 20-lb dumbbell now feels like 50 lb! I would highly encourage anyone trying to gain lean, hard muscle to rep as many as possible at this point. With your growth hormones and testosterone being activated, you are now gaining the muscle you so madly desire.
Stage four is when your ATP-CP is depleted and you’ll lack the energy to produce movement.
Making every rep count is a key factor in continuing to see results! I hope you all go hard and remember to throw a gym towel in your Fitmark bag! Its about to get REAL!
Timothy B. Roberts
FItmark Ambassador 2013