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In this episode you’ll learn about… Does running burn muscle or build muscle…
- Why it depends on what kind of running you’re doing.
- How you can change your running to get different results.
- The muscle types that make all the difference.
- How you can maximize your running results.
- And much, much more.
Does running burn muscle or build muscle?
This is a great question! And like my good friend Menachem Brodie says… it depends.
A lot of times people will use the broad term “running” and blanket all different types of running.
So, we need to first talk about the different types of running.
Yes, you heard me right. Running can encompass some vastly different things.
Think about a marathon runner (or ultra runner), and now think about an Olympic sprinter. Do they have the same bodies?
What are we trying to say about running
Our muscles don’t know that we are running. They just contract and relax.
And when we have an explosive contraction for a short duration of time, we can cause a stimulus for building muscle.
But, if we are going for a long run that requires less explosive contractions to sustain the movement, there’s a good chance that we are not going to build muscle.
To build muscle while running try…
– Sprinting hard for 100-400 meters
– Hill sprints
– Sled pushes
If you want to avoid building muscle while running try…
– Running slower for longer times.
Now we could even dig deeper and talk about the different type of muscle fibers, but when I hear people talking about running to build muscle, I don’t think they are interested in going that deep.
Conclusion on running
Running builds muscles if you use running to cause a stimulus which will cause muscle building. And running will not build muscle if you don’t cause a stimulus that will build muscle.
Think short and fast runs will build muscles, and long slow runs will not build muscles. They will make your body better at using oxygen during exercise.
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