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How can I get strong muscles by doing strength training?

Grant Cooper, MD
Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
Weight lifters who want to grow bigger, stronger muscles often concentrate on the negative phase of their repetitions (when the muscle elongates). Doing this causes more of what is termed "muscle damage." It is actually good to cause muscle damage while lifting weights, because it is not really damage. Rather, it is the process of breaking down weaker muscle so you can build bigger, stronger muscle.
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When we strength train our muscles are essentially being torn. This action is extremely beneficial and as your body repairs itself, the soreness you may feel, your muscles are becoming stronger. Strength training is great for everyone’s body and the more you do, with proper rest, and the stronger you will become.

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