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Muscle Growth | Creatine Blog - Part 2
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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.

How to Build Muscle While Sleeping…


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Depending on the intensity of the exercise and physical condition of the athlete anywhere between three and seven days are required for muscles to fully recover. This isn’t to say, however, that one should work out only once per week – this would be nearly as ineffective as overtraining.

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Setting the Stage for Maximal Muscle Anabolics


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Three conditions must be met in order to establish the best metabolic conditions for muscle anabolism: 1) an exercise stimulus is required to incite muscle’s biosynthetic machinery into action; 2) proper nutrition is needed to provide the proper substrates for growth and; 3) adequate rest is required so that muscle’s biosynthetic machinery can work at [...]

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IGF-1: Fundamental for Muscle Growth


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Several key growth factors and hormones control muscle development. Of these, testosterone and insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF-1) are extremely important.
Testosterone & IGF-1 Stimulate Muscle Growth
Testosterone is a steroid hormone that triggers the reading of genes coding for proteins essential for muscle development. By mechanistic contrast, IGF-1 promotes the physical elaboration of these proteins once [...]

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Muscle Volumizing = Muscle Anabolism


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It has been known for quite some time that cell swelling provokes a biosynthetic response. That is, giving cells an agent that makes them take up water from their surroundings (to the point where they actually inflate with water) also causes them to increase their production of new proteins as well as to retard the [...]

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Insights Into Creatine Anabolics


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Anabolism: The set of metabolic pathways that construct molecules from smaller units (Wikipedia).
Let me expand this rather abstract definition of anabolism to better suit our purposes.
With reference to muscle development, anabolism is the combined set of cellular and hormonal circumstances that cause muscle growth to out weigh muscle breakdown following exercise.
With reference to creatine supplementation, [...]

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