The Elements of A Performance-Ready Body
The best offensive game plan to consistently having good performance is to proactively create and support lean tissue (muscle). In my last post I talked about the two biggest nutrition mistakes you may not know you’re making. Now I want to talk about the elements of a performance-ready body.
A person has a good body composition when his or her body consist of more lean tissue (muscle) than fat tissue. This doesn’t necessary mean that you get bigger from acquiring more lean tissue.
One of the misconceptions around acquiring more muscle is that you’ll end up looking like a bodybuilder. But most people don’t have the time or tolerance to do the volume of training necessary for their muscles to hypertrophy (get bigger in size) like a bodybuilder’s.
With proper training, nutrition, and recovery program you can add more myofilaments to your muscle fibers and make them more dense without making them bigger. These means your body will become more tone.
There are a number of great benefits to having a more lean body composition.
Sure, there’s a strong aesthetic appeal to many people. But that’s not all:
- More muscle means that you have a higher proportion of lean body tissue that can assist you in supporting your skeletal system. This allows your work capacity and performance potential to increase as you’re able to do more work or the same amount of work more with less effort (more efficiently).
- More muscle means a lower risk of injury as more lean tissue creates efficient efficient movement and reduces the amount of tension held at your joints.
- More muscle makes it easier to maintain your optimal body composition because you’re more likely to burn calories than store them.
Being “In-Cycle” is a good thing.
A good body composition is a great investment in which you can earn compounded interest (an even better body) simply by maintaining the principal.
I call this being “In-Cycle.” If you are “Out-of-Cycle,” then you’re not experiencing the benefits and likely to spin even further out over time. Being Out-of-Cycle also increases your risk of chronic disease and homeostatic imbalance. Although some things are out of our control, there is a lot we can do to affect our health and performance.
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