Category Archives: Muscle Growth

Muscle anabolism is one of the better understood consequences of creatine supplementation. These series of posts discuss the different biochemical mechanisms whereby creatine supplementation may result in muscle growth and development.

Simple Truths About Muscle Growth (part 5)

Last post, I wrote about the virtues of a form of insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF-1), commonly referred to as MGF, short for MechanoGrowth Factor. MGF, could very well also be coined EGF, for Exercise Growth Factor, as the mechanical stimulus that activates its expression and is inherent in [...]

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Simple Truths About Muscle Growth (part 4)

Last post, I explained how certain studies have suggested that creatine supplementation stimulates muscle cells to express the Insulin-like Growth Factors Type 1, IGF-1s. This is potentially a very important effect, clinically as well as athletically, as these essential anabolic factors are responsible for the development of muscle, bones, heart, and blood vessels. [...]

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Simple Truths About Muscle Growth (part 3)

Exercise stimulates muscle development and enhances athletic performance; hardly anyone would argue with this assertion. In essence, muscle tries to adapt to the extra load you are placing on it by training by increasing its capacity to perform at that new level. A type of memory, if you will. Based on recent history, muscle [...]

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Simple Truths About Muscle Growth (part 2)

In previous posts I have stressed the importance of the IGF-1s (Insulin-like growth factors, type 1) in promoting body growth. To reiterate the main message of my last (post): the IGF-1s are likely to be our most important growth promoters, particularly with reference to all types of muscle, bone and connective tissues. Importantly, [...]

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Simple Truths About Muscle Growth (part 1)

I have studied muscle development for most of my life - 30 of my 52 years - and after all this time there are just a few things I can say with certainty: First, exercise stimulates muscle growth; Second, proper nutrition will make your efforts in the gym pay the greatest dividends and; Third, our [...]

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