What Is Muscle Hypertrophy? | The Beachbody Blog

What Is Muscle Hypertrophy? | The Beachbody Blog

We get a lot of weightlifting program questions. One of the most common ones involves the term hypertrophy. Sounds intimidating, doesn’t it? Basically, when it comes to fitness, hypertrophy is the growth and increase in the size of muscle cells. “Gaining muscle and keeping muscle is something that takes continuous work,” says exercise physiologist Jackie S. Womble. Hypertrophy training is an effective way to do this. Do it right, and you’ll reap the rewards, including stronger bones and a slower rate of age-related muscle loss. Learn more about hypertrophy and what it means for your fitness goals. What Is Hypertrophy? Generally speaking, hypertrophy means making any organ or tissue bigger by increasing the size of the cells. “What people typically mean in fitness is the growth of muscles,” explains Kristian Flores, CSCS. “Muscular hypertrophy occurs by placing work on the muscles through movement and exercise, which cause an increase and growth in muscle cells,” says Womble. “When... Read More