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Building Muscle: Cells on the Move
Read on to learn exactly how fitness classes leave you with more muscle or better tone.
Bulky upper-body muscles might have hindered early humans who had to chase their prey across the plains, but it could help those who often had to climb trees to adjust their satellite dishes. That’s why the body builds muscle according mostly to use: do enough curls, and the biceps expand. As anyone who has experienced post-workout soreness could intuit, those curls are actually a form of controlled damage, making thousands of miniscule tears to the muscle tissue that beckon autoimmune cells to show up alongside testosterone and other hormones. The white blood cells help switch on satellite cells, which are similar to stem cells. Before they're activated, satellite cells aren't doing much—instead, they lie dormant around muscle fibers until they're called into action to repair torn tissue.
This isn't the only kind of cellular transformation at work in growing muscles. Long muscle cells, which contain several nuclei, can also begin to change type after a workout. Certain kinds of muscle fibers are equipped to handle brief bursts of effort but will quickly become tired if asked to do more intense work. These are the first to disappear as someone starts an exercise routine, as they're converted into fibers with more endurance. This principle is so dramatic that a sports scientist can generally tell whether someone is a professional athlete or a professional mattress model by examining a minute sample of muscle tissue.
A Chat with Fitness Together Norther Virginia
What services does your business offer and what makes your business stand out from the competition? We offer one on one personal training in a private studio setting. We specialize in long term fitness programs for adults over 40 who seek overall lifestyle change. We set short and long term fitness goals and work with each individual to help them achieve them.
Do you provide any materials? What should your students expect to bring? I have been a lifelong fitness enthusiast after experiencing a child hood illness. Exercise has allowed me to stay in control of my body as I age and mature. I share that passion with others.
What was the inspiration to start or run this business? I love working with people at each stage of life. With long term clients, we get to see them at each stage of the process and help them overcome obstacles as they embark on the lifelong journey of fitness and health.
What do you love most about your job? A calm realization is the best reaction. Beyond the wonder, excitement and amazement of overcoming illness, injury and aging, comes a calm realization that the best cure for illness and injury is prevention. A lifelong fitness lifestyle is the key to prevention of the effects of aging and deterioration of the body.