As an athlete, muscle is obviously important. It doesn’t matter whether you pump iron, compete
in triathlons, or rock-climb, it’s the contraction of your skeletal muscles that drives the activity.
The ultimate goal of training is to improve in your sport or event. During individual training
sessions, you aim to overload your muscles, the idea being that they’ll adapt to the stimulus. For
sports or events where strength and power are crucial, building muscle mass is the objective.
However, the best way to do this is the source of great angst and confusion among athletes of all
types, and especially among strength athletes and body builders.