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Is muscle building or strength training more relevant to health?

Both muscle building and strength training have significant relevance to health, and their benefits can complement each other.


Muscle building, or hypertrophy training, contributes to overall health in several ways. Increasing muscle mass can improve metabolic health by increasing insulin sensitivity, promoting better glucose control, and reducing the risk of developing chronic conditions such as type 2 diabetes. It also helps enhance body composition by reducing body fat percentage and increasing lean muscle mass, which is associated with improved metabolic rate and overall physical appearance. Muscle building can also contribute to better bone health, as resistance training stimulates bone growth and helps prevent age-related bone loss.


Strength training, on the other hand, is essential for functional fitness and everyday activities. It improves muscular strength, power, and endurance, which are crucial for maintaining physical independence and performing daily tasks with ease. Strength training enhances joint stability and mobility, improves posture and balance, and reduces the risk of falls and injuries. It can also enhance athletic performance and provide a foundation for engaging in sports and recreational activities.


Ultimately, both muscle building and strength training play important roles in promoting overall health and well-being. However, I would say there is a point of diminished returns with muscle building. Hypertrophy techniques are important for reversing atrophy, muscle loss. Strength is actually a diverse concept and it should be defined kinesthetically in regards to the body's actual capabilities including leverage over resistance without external support. The specific emphasis may vary depending on individual goals and preferences. It is often beneficial to incorporate elements of both in a well-rounded fitness routine, tailored to individual needs and abilities. It's recommended to consult with a qualified fitness professional or healthcare provider to design a training program that aligns with your specific health goals and considerations.

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Thanks for the update. Marty 😎

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