The burn for building muscle is something you need to strive for each weight lifting workout.
You might be thinking?
“What are you talking about? Burn. What Burn?”
Feeling a burning sensation in the target muscle while lifting weights is very important for building muscle.
However, as you may have already learned in the WLC System, nothing is more important than adding weight to the bar each and every workout.
Never forget that. This is very important to remember yet so many of us forget this.
Adding weight to each weight lifting exercise is the number one factor in building muscle.
The burn is important, though!
Let’s Talk About the Significance of Feeling the Burn…
When you are performing higher rep sets, you should have no problem feeling the burn within the target muscle group.
Never mistake the burn for failure. Simply because a muscle has started to burn does not mean that you have reached failure or that the rep has slowed down.
Do not let the burn discourage you.
The burning feeling is simply a build up of lactic acid. You’ve got to learn to fight through the burn.
You will not be trying to get this burn in every muscle group during each and every workout on every one of our programs.
But, you will periodically strive to get this burn during higher rep workouts.
Remember, the most important factor for building muscle is increasing the load… nothing else is more important than increasing the load.
There are some strategies you may use for inducing the burn during some of the WLC weight lifting workouts. Let’s discuss them…
- Rest/Pause: After you perform your first set, you can set the weight down, rest for a short period of time, and perform more reps with the same weight.
- Straight Sets: You can perform extra sets with rest in between sets using the same weight. Shorter rest periods will lead to the burn.
- Superset: You can perform another isolation exercise targeting the muscle group directly after you finish your set.
- Drop Set: You can take weight off the bar or use smaller dumbbells directly after you finish your set.
You will use some of the above strategies in order to get that burn in the target muscle group during some of the WLC workouts.
Remember, you are not using the above techniques to fatigue the muscle group into total exhaustion.
You are not using these techniques to reach total muscle failure. You are simply using them to get a burn in the target muscle group.
I do not recommend the above strategies for muscle fatigue. Remember this: use them only to induce the burn for building muscle.
Why Do I Need That Burning Feeling?
Let’s talk about why you want to get that burn in the target muscle group.
There’s got to be a good reason for all that burning you will be feeling, right? It can be tough to endure at times, but you’ll get better at this.
Have you ever heard of ERK 1/2? Not too many people have unless you’ve done some research on the muscle building process.
Well, ERK 1/2 is a signaling protein that signals the muscle building process. In other words, you can induce the muscle building process by inducing ERK 1/2 activity.
As reps get lower and weight gets heavier, the activity of ERK 1/2 decreases due to the decrease in demand on the muscle tissue.
In other words, you don’t get that burn in the muscle with lower reps unless you use some other methods as discussed above.
Remember, though, the load you apply to the muscle continues to be the most important muscle building factor.
Remember the techniques listed earlier (rest/pause, supersets, drop sets, and more sets)?
Well, you will use those techniques with the WLC System at times to ensure you get the burn and get increased ERK 1/2 activity. Higher reps will be the main technique used, though.
Higher reps work great for inducing the burn. You will know when you get the burn in the target muscle group. If you’ve lifted weights before, I’m sure you’ve had the feeling before.
Go For the Deep Burning Sensation
If you’ve never felt that burning feeling before, it will be a deep burning sensation in the muscle group.
Many people will have trouble continuing when the burn is present. You’ve got to, though.
A burn will lead to a pump in the muscle. And everyone loves the pump because it makes you look so much better. Take a look in the mirror when you have a pump. That’s why everyone loves the pump.
If you’re getting the burning feeling, you should be getting a pump in the muscle group also.
This is where diet comes into play too.
Make sure your diet is top-notch and follows all WLC System guidelines.
Building muscle will be so much easier when you follow “ALL” guidelines given to you. Don’t short change anything.
Get it done.