Muscle Fitness

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Meet my niece Miryah Jade Scott! I thought you might like an example of a female who’s body is fit but not overly muscular.

Muscles Defined

There are three types of muscle:

Skeletal or voluntary muscle and smooth or involuntary muscle and cardiac muscle. When we exercise we are concerned mainly with our skeletal muscle which is further divided into subtypes.

  • Type I, slow oxidative, slow twitch, or “red” muscle is dense with blood vessels and is rich in  mitochondria and myoglobin giving the muscle tissue its characteristic red color. It can carry more oxygen and sustain aerobic activity.
  • Type II, fast twitch muscle, has three major kinds that are, in order of increasing contractile speed
    • Type IIa, which, like slow muscle, is aerobic, rich in mitochondria and capillaries and appears red.
    • Type IIx (also known as type IId), which is less dense in mitochondria and myoglobin. This is the fastest muscle type in humans. It can contract more quickly and with a greater amount of force than oxidative muscle, but can sustain only short, anaerobic bursts of activity before muscle contraction becomes painful. (often incorrectly attributed to a build up of lactic acid).
    • Type IIb, which is anaerobic, glycolytic “white” muscle that is even less dense in mitochondria and myoglobin.

Slow Twitch versus Fast Twitch Muscle.

As a human race we are relatively new to our modern civilized lifestyle. In evolutionary terms we have just newly graduated from our nomadic wandering stage. Our bodies, or more precisely our muscles, evolved to meet the needs of hunters and gatherers. The slow twitch muscle is what provides us with long  sustained energy to perform our daily needs of gathering food.  We needed to cover long distances and work long hours to provide for ourselves and our families. The fast twitch muscle is what allows sudden burst of energy to avoid danger or move in for the kill. These muscles, with their short intense explosive bursts of power, can only be maintained for very short periods of time before they are exhausted.

Building Fast Twitch Muscle Fibers

 

Peak Performance Depends on Developing Your Fast Twitch Muscle Fibers

Slow twitch muscle fibers are what your body uses when your do aerobic exercises. They keep you going during the long, grueling and tiring sports that last over a big span of time like marathons or long races.  Top peak athletic sprinters develop the fast twitch muscle fibers. It is these muscles that allow them to explode out of the box and run at full speed to the finish line. A person can exercise all they want but if they do not build their fast twitch muscle fibers they will not be able to run fast or jump high.

Fit Healthy Muscles

Set aside time for weight training. Advanced research studies show that there is a direct link between maximum strength, using the best bodybuilding supplements and overall speed which is why using heavy weights to make yourself stronger beefs up your fast twitch fibers.

Eat a balanced diet with plenty of protein to encourage muscle healing and growth. Recovering from sprint workouts and heavy lifting sessions is tough without a solid protein base. Aim to eat .4 grams of protein for each pound that you weigh.

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