10 Aug Differences Between Muscle Building And True Strength Training

(#252) What’s the difference between training for maximum muscle building and true strength training? Yes, this is often misunderstood.

Is there perhaps one key distinction and driver for hypertrophy? Maybe.

Thanks to a great question from Ian (one of our loyal listeners to the podcast), I wanted to answer this question in detail – especially since I’m a former bodybuilder.

While it’s true that resistance exercise will provide gains in both strength and muscle, the way we manipulate training variables has a great deal to do with maximizing results in either area.

Hypertrophy or strength? I’ll explain the key differences.

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In general, the image below depicts differences between training for maximizing muscle mass versus training to maximize strength gains.

There’s more to it than this, but this represents a fundamental overview of where the differences begin.

The evidence is highly suggestive that volume plays a key role in muscular development and there is still much more to be learned about volume-based periodization strategies.

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Scott Iardella, MPT, CSCS is a strength coach, athlete, and former “physio” who’s mission is to help bridge the gaps in strength, performance and injury prevention. Scott is the author of the book, The Edge of Strength.
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