When it comes to building muscle, there are two important principles you need to understand: 1) the anabolic state (building) and 2) the catabolic state (breaking down). There are things you can do to prevent catabolism and certain techniques you can employ to increase anabolism so you’re constantly building muscle 24/7.
Here’s a short article from Craig Maddocks, for guys who want to pack on serious muscle.
I believe reaching optimal health and a successful body transformation depends so much on your physiological and mental/emotion stress levels, which can effect whether your body is predominantly in an Anabolic or Catabolic state. To achieve your ideal body the anabolic/catabolic process is one of the more important health principles to understand.
The Anabolic State – A body that is in an anabolic state is rebuilding, repairing and reconstructing its tissues. In this state, the body constantly regenerates itself-repairing blood vessels and heart tissue, rebuilding old bone, and maintaining neural tissue health for good mental function, enhance memory and improved learning ability. This is what a successful body transformation is all about, not just how good you look but how your feeling and functioning too!
The Catabolic State – A body that is in an catabolic state is breaking down. The word catabolic is derived from the greek root for cataclysm, which means disaster. Spending too much time in a catabolic state can have disastrous effects on your health.
When the body operates under excessive stress the process of break down or tear apart may accelerate. Under prolonged catabolic conditions, the rate of breakdown of our muscle, organs, and bone increases further – ultimately causing illness, degenerative disease and rapid aging.
When our bodies spend more time in an anabolic rather than a catabolic state, a strong hormone/immune system develops. Maintaining an anabolic state prevents the development of chronic, degenerative diseases. For example, the constant renewal of our blood vessels and heart helps prevent cardiovascular disease, the regeneration of bone and joint tissue can prevent osteoporosis and arthritis.
Fortunately, we all have the power to control our health and create a lean, strong stress free body through proper nutrition & lifestyle habits, smart exercise, adaquate sleep and managed stress!
I have to say that I really agree with Craig and his article about trying to be in an anabolic state as much as possible. When you are in this state, you don’t get sick as often and you just feel better. Not only is it important to be anabolic if you want to build muscle, but it’s also critical if you want to burn fat, maintain weight, prevent osteoporosis (weak bones), and reduce the chance of developing many other degenerative diseases.
You should probably forward this article to any dude you know who is over 30 years old, since they are more likely to be in a catabolic state which sucks for building muscle.