Depending on your training style and your nutrition you could see the result in strength but not in size? Now, why is that?
Because of any form of weightlifting you do, you will increase your strength. Now, this does not necessarily translate to getting bigger either.
The reason for this is because when you lift weight you gain strength.
You also tear muscle fibers, which help the muscle growth over time of repeated action and also cause strength gains.
Now the methods of wanting to increase strength vary between different styles and methodologies but this is the BASIC understanding of how your strength will improve and why you getting strength gains but not size.
For you to gain size there are two things to that equation
One which we have already talked about is your lifting habits.
Doing certain lifts and increasing that weight and repetitions every month to two months creates progressive overload.
The other is nutrition. Eating the right amount of food and calories to sustain that growth and to develop muscle over time, which first occurs through contraction and progressive overload.
One thing I do have to note is just for the sake of people getting confused. If you overeat and surplus your calories a lot you will just get more fat in your body.
This won't help regarding building more muscle. Though it will help slightly towards gaining more strength.
But if you’re willing to put on more body fat for minor strength gains then go for it.
But strength over time is gained through repetition and consistent action which you need to do multiple times a week.
Of course, as I said, how you build your program helps and works as well but this is the basis for it.
You see, anybody who is trying to increase strength and gain muscle can only put on or gain to whatever their respective body will allow at this moment in time.
And what I mean by that is everyone is going to have different strength levels and also different levels of stamina when it comes to lifting.
We all start off at different levels and gain different results. So, adding strength lifts without increasing calories will still cause some strength gains.
Although you will lack in developing some muscle and also even getting more strength as well if you do not increase your calories slightly as eating too low will cause deficiency as well.
Another thing to note is, for people who are just starting to work out in their first year and are very lean, it will take some time for you to put on the size as well.
But the bottom line is, the reason why you are getting stronger and not necessarily bigger is due to the calories you are eating, and this isn’t a bad thing.
It just means you are eating at maintenance or just above and your body is still getting the right amount of nutrition it needs to still see results.
So next time you ask yourself why am I getting stronger but not bigger? It's generally going to be from one of the things mentioned above.
Just keep on pressing and pushing weight and the size will eventually come.
Disclaimer: Adam is not a doctor nor a nutritionist. This is all from the experience Adam has gained through himself and through schooling. Through his videos, Adam shares his personal and educational experience that he has acquired over the past years of training individuals through fitness and nutrition. Adam would strongly recommend you see your physician before starting or completing any exercise program. You should be in good physical condition to participate in the exercises which are why consulting your physician would be recommended.
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