Why recovery is the key to muscle growth

When it comes to building muscle it's easy to get fixated on the weights that you are lifting and the food you are eating.

You see people lifting insane amounts of weights and not paying any attention to their nutrition or others not exercising hard enough and thinking that eating whey is going to get them big and strong.

You need to get the right combination of exercise, nutrition and recovery and regeneration in order to get big.

Often, serious athletes neglect Recovery and Regeneration. 'Sleeps for wimps' I've heard some rugby players say.

Yes I reply big strong wimps!

If you think about the word regeneration it implies GROWTH, renewing muscle fibres and building new tissue.

Your body makes nearly all it's gains when you are sleeping and recovering.

In my muscle growth system I've built each one of the 6 phases around different recovery systems that the body utilises.

When you combine these different recovery systems the SYNERGISTIC effect is incredible.

You can exercise harder and RECOVER QUICKER so the next time you train you can work harder than you did before.

I've adapted this methodology over the past 10 years, each year it gets better and better.

A useful tip for you is to make sure you get plenty of sleep at least 8 hours and if you train in the afternoon have  a quick sleep of 30 mins to 1 hour.

When you sleep your body releases Growth Hormone so if you can get an extra sleep in during the day you will produce more growth hormone.

By keeping your levels of growth hormone topped up during the day your body will be maintained in  an anabolic phase and you will add more muscle.


Matt Lovell – Elite Sports Nutritionist

Matt Lovell - Elite Sports Nutritionist

Matt Lovell is the sports nutritionist for the England Rugby team and works with  UK Athletics team as they prepare for the Olympic Games in London in 2012.

Matt has written a comprehensive guide on Preparing for a Big Event, the popular Fat Loss Program Four Week Fat Loss and Regenerate a Muscle Building Nutrition program.


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