Benefits of Conditioning Muscles, Muscle Conditioning

An obvious benefit of muscle conditioning is looks. A toned body without a lot of fat makes for an attractive specimen. But aside from vanity, the “unadorned” healthy perks from tightening up certainly makes doing it worthwhile. More on that in a moment. First, a basic blurb on what is muscle conditioning.

One of the most phenomenal aspects about your body is its ability to adapt. And do it quickly. Muscle conditioning taps into this adaptation through overload. In response, the strain causes your muscles to change physiologically. The result is growth, increased strength and greater endurance.

Muscle fibers physiological response to conditioning includes an increase in the quantity of mitochondria, enzymes for glycolysis and glycogen stores. All of these add-ons contribute to ATP production, your body’s source of energy. This helps explain the bigger size. And having the tools to produce more energy right on the spot supports strength improvement and enduring use for longer.

As far as how big muscles will grow, how strong they will become and how long they can endure varies somewhat according to your genetics and distribution of muscle fiber types (fast vs. slow). And these individual differences can be stark. Consequently, some body’s are destined for marathon running, some are better at sprinting and while others can lift a huge amount.

Now for those benefits from conditioning your muscles. A huge pay off from routinely overloading your muscles is you’ll generally feel better and everyday activities become easier. Moving around may come naturally, but doing it with ease does not.

Another overall advantage is reduced risk of injury. Not only does resistance training improve muscle strength, but strengthens the surrounding connective tissue (tendons, ligaments) as well. The stronger the entire structure the less likely you’ll experience a joint (sprain, dislocation, tear) or muscle (pull, strain) injury while in motion.

Muscle conditioning has numerous other benefits too, for instance:

The ideal practice to build up the broadest health benefit is combining muscle conditioning with aerobic exercise.