Secret Language

Lean Hybrid Muscle Community SECRET LANGUAGE

GLOSSARY

Mitochondrial density:  This refers to the number of mitochondria found in the cells. Since mitochondria are what provide the energy our bodies need to do the things we do, the greater the mitochondrial density, the more energy we have available to work with—this is particularly beneficial to training.

Type III muscle:   Type III muscle fibers are a hybrid muscle fiber with characteristics of the other three fibers. They’re great for explosive movements and power that come from types IIA and IIB, plus they’ve got some of the aerobic endurance characteristics of type I muscle fibers

Sustained strength:  This is a particular type of strength that can be sustained over long periods of time as needed.

Long strength:   This is “the ability to exert significant strength for an extended period of time.” It is achieved through specific types of hybrid training that incorporate multiple training philosophies.

Hybrid muscle:   This is a type of muscle that you develop through training techniques that incorporate bodybuilding, powerlifting, strongman and cardio training philosophies. Hybrid muscle behaves like combination of the various types of muscle fibers, exhibiting the best characteristics of all of them.

Hybrid cardio:   This is a type of cardio training that incorporates both aerobic and anaerobic activities. It is used to develop sustained or long strength.

Max effort cardio/conditioning:   This is a specific type of cardio training performed at maximum effort for a sustained time period, not just the short bursts you commonly see in interval training. Like hybrid cardio, it fosters the development of sustained or long strength.

Powerbuilding:   Powerbuilding is a form of hybrid training that combines elements of both powerlifting and bodybuilding. It’s designed to help you pack on both size and power.

Super Muscle:   This is another name for type 3 muscle, which is a hybrid muscle fiber that has characteristics of both slow-twitch and fast-twitch muscle fibers making them capable of sustaining strength for extended periods of time.

Mitochondria:  These are what are known as the cellular powerhouses. Mitochondria produce the energy-rich molecule adenosine triphosphate, or ATP, which fuels all of our activities.

Strongman:   This is a specific type of training where the goal is to perform feats of strength and endurance. Activities might include sled dragging, tire flipping or tossing large, heavy objects into the air. Strongman is a functional type of training because to a degree the activities mimic real-life activities and involve compound movements that recruit multiple muscle groups.

Powerlifting:   Another specialized form of training, with the goal of lifting incredibly heavy weights focusing on three key movements—the bench press, the squat and the deadlift. The training is designed to maximize strength in each of these movements for the performance of one repetition.

Bodybuilding:   This type of training emphasizes muscle growth. The goal here is to maximize the appearance of the muscles, not necessarily to improve strength or functionality.

EDT (Escalated Density Training):   This is a type of training that is based on the concept of doing more and more work from workout to workout.

Hybrid exercises:   These are exercises that seek to take the best of the most well-known training philosophies like powerlifting, bodybuilding, strongman and cardio, taking only the best elements while overcoming the inherent deficiencies of each.

G-flux:   G-flux is short for the term “energy flux,” which refers to the amount of energy flowing into and out of our bodies. It’s about achieving a higher level energy balance to maximize muscle growth and fat burning.

Strength endurance:   This is another way of referring to hybrid training routines that combine both strength and endurance activities. Progressively increasing the weight and reducing the rest period before sets is one form of strength endurance training.

Type 1:   The type I muscle fiber is known as a slow-twitch (ST) fiber, meaning that it contracts slowly. Slow-twitch fibers also have a high resistance to fatigue.

Type 2a:   This is a fast-twitch fiber, contracting faster than type I fibers. These fibers are resistant to fatigue but not as resistant as type I fibers.

Type 2b:   Also a fast-twitch fiber, these contract quickly and have low resistance to fatigue. Used primarily for short bursts like sprinting.

Type 2c:   This one is interesting—its origins are unknown. Some researchers theorize that it may be an uncommitted primitive fiber with the capacity to develop into either a type 2a or a type 1 fiber.

White fibers:   This refers to the fast-twitch muscle fibers that contract faster than red fibers. Type 2b fibers are white fibers. They are less resistant to fatigue than red fibers.

Red fibers:   This refers to the slow-twitch muscle fibers that contract slowly and are resistant to fatigue. Red fibers include type 1 and type 2a muscle fibers.

Highland games:   The Highland games are held at various times throughout the year to celebrate Scottish and Celtic culture. The games began in the Scottish Highlands sometime in the 11th century. Because they’re somewhat similar, the games could be considered forerunners of modern strongman competitions.

Energy flux (g-flux):   This is a concept pioneered by John Berardi. It is commonly referred to as g-flux. The idea is to increase both your daily calorie intake and calorie burning capacity to achieve a higher level of fat loss and muscle growth.


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