Many muscle building supplements market the concept of increasing ‘protein synthesis’. The assumption is that protein synthesis = muscle growth.
This is half right.
For a muscle to grow larger two things have to happen
1) An increase in protein synthesis (anabolism)
2) A decrease in protein breakdown (catabolism)
Regular weight training workouts can stimulate and net increase in protein synthesis and some research labs are measuring exactly what happens in your muscles after a workout.
In todays audio lesson I interview a friend of mine Dave Gunderman who is doing his research on the protein synthetic effect of working out.
Dave will walk you through what it’s like to be in one of these studies, the basics of muscle protein synthesis and the type of workouts that he suggests are best for maximizing protein synthesis.