Sci­en­tists from Copen­hagen believe that it is now quite pos­si­ble to pump up with­out even touch­ing the bar­bell.

Researchers from the Uni­ver­si­ty of Mel­bourne and the Uni­ver­si­ty of Copen­hagen stud­ied mol­e­c­u­lar sig­nals in mus­cles dur­ing and after exer­cise and found that the C18ORF25 gene is acti­vat­ed in the body dur­ing phys­i­cal activ­i­ty. This strange set of let­ters and num­bers helps devel­op and grow mus­cle fibers.

Sci­en­tists did not stop at the­o­ry and moved on to prac­tice: the researchers took a group of mice as an exper­i­men­tal group. Some rodents were deprived of the C18ORF25 gene, while in oth­ers, on the con­trary, the influ­ence of this gene was increased. The high­er the activ­i­ty of C18ORF25, the faster the mice became stronger.

Researchers believe that sim­i­lar genet­ic manip­u­la­tions can be used to build mus­cle mass with­out exer­cise. How­ev­er, such a sys­tem is unlike­ly to be devel­oped for those who are sim­ply too lazy to go to the gym: sci­en­tists want to con­tin­ue study­ing the C18ORF25 gene for the treat­ment of mus­cu­lar dys­tro­phy.

How much do you need to train to build muscle mass?

  • Phys­i­ol­o­gists believe that mus­cle growth can be achieved in the range of 3 to 20 rep­e­ti­tions — and weight (not yours, but addi­tion­al weight) does not play a role. Fit­ness direc­tor of Men Today Dmit­ry Putylin believes that the opti­mal num­ber of rep­e­ti­tions to real­ize the poten­tial is in the range from 5 to 20. That is, any num­ber of rep­e­ti­tions in this inter­val will work, but under one con­di­tion — the rep­e­ti­tions must be per­formed in an approach as close as pos­si­ble to mus­cle fail­ure.
  • Don’t for­get about vari­ety: of course, you shouldn’t sur­prise your mus­cles every work­out, but from time to time you will have to look for new exer­cis­es that will affect your mus­cles from dif­fer­ent angles.

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