Can aerobic exercise build muscle?


Aerobic exercise can indeed contribute to muscle growth, though it is generally not as effective in building muscle mass as resistance training. Dr. Chris McGlory mentioned in an episode that while there are concerns about an interference effect where aerobic exercise might inhibit gains from resistance training, recent human studies haven't supported this concern. In some cases, aerobic training could even promote muscle growth by enhancing capillarization, which facilitates blood delivery and nutrient supply to the muscle cells, thereby supporting the muscle's ability to grow and repair 1 2.

Aerobic Exercise and Muscle Growth

Learn how aerobic exercise can potentially promote muscle growth and the mechanisms behind this phenomenon. Chris explains the interference effect between aerobic and resistance training and discusses the findings from recent studies.

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