Original Design: M.G. Thibault
Re-design: Ryan McTeigue
In previous Elite Sarms articles, we discussed the different principles involved for muscular growth and development. Resistance training is the key for muscle growth and this component further consists of the following factors:
- Training frequency
- Training intensity
- Training volume
There are different techniques to get maximum muscular growth. Whatever protocol you’re using, it has to satisfy the following requirements for muscle hypertrophy to take place: a combination of mechanical tension and metabolic stress. By finding the optimal balance between these two dynamics, you’ll have an effective hypertrophy-oriented training program and training sessions that will yield maximum results.
Do you wonder why some of the seasoned body builders prefer a high intensity routine, meaning they train almost to the point of muscular failure? According to Jerry Brainum, a noted expert on exercise and nutrition, there are times when the weight will fall out of his hands because of total muscular fatigue. Scientifically and biologically Jerry found he couldn't do more than 4 to 6 sets per muscle group under such high intensity conditions. Doing so would lead to excess amounts of cortisol released in the body , which leads to muscular break down. He also stated that he made the best gains of his life with those initial high intensity sessions.
This factor of high volume, training to failure for increased muscular growth is also supported by a study from the Institute of Sport Sciences in Poland stating that a good foundation for individuals seeking to maximize muscle growth should be hypertrophy-oriented Resistance Training (RT) consisting of multiple sets (3−6) of 6-12 repetitions with varying weight intensities - obviously the higher the weight the lower the repetition range will be.
This 6 - 12 range of repetitions is enough to keep blood circulating around the body and raise blood lactate levels that will stimulate the release of growth hormone to aid in the body’s anabolic activities. While the high intensity level of each set will cause an increase in Nitric oxide levels that leads to vasodilation for better blood supply, over time. Achieving maximum vasodilation also allows your body to rapidly transport metabolized amino acids and nutrients in the tissues. This also means,
↑↑ Vasodilation = greater pumping power = Increase in muscle size
Recomposition or cutting protocol
During a Recomposition or cutting protocol, Resistance Training (RT) volume and intensity is maintained despite a calorie deficit to guarantee that you burn fat while simultaneously building muscle. This is the scientific, physiological and nutritional foundations for body re-composition
In reality, it is hard to maintain your gains when you eat less calories and still maintain your training load. Then there’s the issue of muscle fatigue and injuries that come with attempting to maintain this work load while reducing calories. This is where SARMs supplementation can really help you the most.
The selective androgen receptor modulator, MK 2866, known as Decavar or Ostarine, activates muscle stem cells (satellite cells), which help remodel and regenerate muscles. The implications? This makes Decavar an important tool for efficient recovery post-workout thus preventing muscle fatigue and injuries - assisting in re-composition in times of reduced caloric intake combined with consistent resistant training.
Another cool feature of Decavar is that it increases the activity insulin-like growth factor 1 gene (IGF-1), which boosts muscle growth and strength. Because the half-life of MK-2866 is 24 hrs, taking 1ml a day for a cycle of 6-8 weeks is enough to ensure fat free muscle gains and increased athletic performance.
SR9009, also known as Hyper Lean is another compound that will work synergistically with your Recomposition program. SR9009 sets off a host of processes in the body through the activating and binding of Rev-Erb proteins. This stimulates an increase in the production of mitochondria and oxidative function with an increase in antioxidant activity in the body. This facilitates glucose metabolism for augmented carbohydrate uptake and ultimately lean muscle gains.
Mitochondria are powerhouses of the cells, which enhance metabolism to build your muscle. Even with lesser energy intake during a Recomp, SR9009 helps to synthesize more mitochondria in the muscle tissues leading to an increase in muscle size, and an upsurge in endurance and strength levels improving exercise capacity.
The recommended dose for Hyper Lean® (SR9009) is 1 ml per day either taking once before training or split into an am and pm dosage with around 6 hours between dosages. This 1ml daily dosage is equal to 20mg of active SR9009 in the Elite Sarms range. Hyper Lean has a short half life of roughly 4 to 6 hours. Therefore, to make the most of its fat-burning effects, optimal dosing is twice daily.