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The Science of Getting Swole

Learn exactly how strength training causes your muscles to build back bigger.

Despite the stereotype of a meathead, it actually takes a lot of brainpower to strategize the best way to build muscle. Most of us know that working out means damaging your muscles, and that it’s this devastation that allows your bis and tris to build back bigger.

But there’s a helluva lot more going on in your body than just lifting a weight, tearing your muscle, and repairing till you’re ripped.

Understanding what actually happens when you strength train—at what point a curl or press causes those micro tears, what nutrients help repair them—can help give you a more comprehensive blueprint on the most efficient and effective way to bulk up and burn fat simultaneously. So trade in your weightlifting belt for your science hat for a moment, and get ready to learn.

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