A lot of people consider muscle building to be the product of lifting weights and indeed having an outlet to train the muscles is important. However, it is not the most important part of building strength and muscle. The problem with lifting weights is that this is a catabolic process, which means it is breaking down your muscle. The only time you’ll find that you grow muscle and strength is through the rest periods.
When you are resting, you need to make sure your nutrition is right, you have enough water, and your stress levels are low. If all of these things are true, there is a good chance you can start to gain some serious muscle. That being said, there is one self-care technique that makes an even bigger difference.
Foam Rolling and Improving Strength
Your muscles have taken a beating after a workout and doing some self-care for the muscles, tendons, ligaments and other parts of the arms is going to go a long way for you to improve size and strength. All of this makes your overall strength better because the muscles now have time to relax and grow. When they are tense and overworked from the gym, they are not going to grow at all. In fact, without enough food, they will probably shrink!
Over training is a big problem in bodybuilding communities because they believe that they should keep working their muscles and body at the gym when in reality they need to take a break to let themselves grow. It becomes a somewhat vicious cycle where people are unable to get adequate muscle growth and so they train harder, which only exacerbates the problem. If you want to get stronger and bigger, it is important that you give yourself the right kind of care in the anabolic state to make that happen.