149 – Dr Jeremy Loenneke – How To Think About Muscle Growth Over The Long Term

Dr. Jeremy Loenneke is an Assistant Professor of Exercise Science at The University of Mississippi within the School of Applied Sciences. He obtained his PhD in Exercise Physiology from the University of Oklahoma under the mentorship of Dr. Michael Bemben. Dr. Loenneke had previously earned a Master’s degree in Nutrition and Exercise Science from Southeast Missouri State University under the mentorship of Dr. Joe Pujol. His research focuses on skeletal muscle adaptations to exercise with and without the application blood flow restriction.

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Dr Jeremy Loenneke and colleagues. Jeremy is third from the left.

In this episode, we cover:

  • Muscle growth potential
  • The value of high frequency training
  • Multiple approaches to stimulating maximal muscle growth
  • … and much more

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  • Loved this one.

    I’m always interested regarding maximum muscular potential and plateaus. Personally I’ve yet to plateau over two years of training, I have however been on a hypocaloric diet for the majority of this time; having seen dramatic body recomposition over this period, I did have a dramatic jump in muscle mass in the first quarter of this year due to increasing my protein intake to 1.6 grams per kilo desired lean mass.

    As for general health outcomes I sort of look at it as if I try to hang on to maximum lean mass for my life span it might mean that my longevity isn’t much changed but I hope to be able to climb the stairs in my potential old age instead of having to be helped out of my chair.

    Interesting to think about strength’s relationship with healthspan and longevity. It’s a classic case of nature/nurture my dad for instance has never engaged in formal resistance training but has however been a HGV mechanic for decades with all the gruelling physical activity that that can entail, at 65 he can easily perform a pull up without having practiced that specific skill. How much of that potential is genetic and how much is due to general activity?

    As for introducing novelty, I think it’s important for neurological health in the long run maybe more so than physical but periodisation for the sake of it is maybe a bit silly. There’s numerous reasons I can see for muscle soreness after introducing novel stimulus, it’d be interesting to pin down specific mechanisms but I doubt it’s all that mysterious.

  • Interesting discussion. I agree with most of the points he made.

    On the idea that there is no connection between muscle size and strength: I suspect he is intentionally putting forth a provocative statement to foster debate. It doesn’t have to all or nothing when we talk about the connection between muscle size and strength. I think it is likely that strength increases are due to a number of factors, muscle size being but one.

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