Does BIGGER mean STRONGER?

Well, it makes sense that it would. Right?... Not really.

Generally speaking, if you have bigger muscles the potential to be stronger is there. However, being muscular doesn’t necessarily equate to muscle strength. Below is a general recommendation that you could use to get you started towards your goal. But please, keep reading because one size does not fit all.

General Recommendation for Strength or Hypertrophy

The general recommendation can be effective for some but won’t be effective for all.

There is a science to exercise and you should have a basic understanding of the body in order to achieve specific results. So, let’s go over some basic concepts regarding muscles. There are many different types of muscles and functions but we are going to focus on two.

Slow-twitch muscles are mostly used for endurance and postural control. These muscles tend to be smaller, they are slow to fatigue, have increased oxygen delivery, produce less force and can be used over longer periods of time.

Fast-twitch muscles have a greater potential for hypertrophy. They are larger in size, they produce more force which makes them perfect for short burst of energy, they are quick to fatigue and they have decreased oxygen delivery.

Another important component to understand about muscles is motor units. Motor units are important because without them we would have no movement. They are part of a system that let's your muscles know to move and how intense to make that movement. Basically, depending on the function of the muscle, it will recruit specific size of motor units to complete that action.