Adenosine triphosphate is the energy source responsible for all physical movement. Whether it is the blinking of an eye or lifting a heavy load, this is what makes it possible. It is a molecule produced by the body and stored in all muscle tissue. The release of one of the phosphate atoms in this molecule is what provides the energy for movement. Adenosine triphosphate, which is called ATP for short. Unfortunately there is only a limited amount that is ready for use.
Why is this important to us? When we exercise we want to push further, lift more and in some cases be able to do it longer. The more ATP we have in our muscle tissue or the faster it can be resupplied to the tissue the more we can lift or the longer we can do an exercise.
As we exercise the body will continually create more ATP, but at a limited rate. The body does this through various ways such as storing creatine in the muscle tissue and using glycogen, which is also stored in muscle tissue, or glucose stored in the blood stream. Both are types of sugars. When we properly exercise and properly feed our bodies we can supply the building blocks of ATP production to keep us going through our workouts.
But how can we increase the amount of ATP that is stored in our muscle tissue? The solution is simple, more muscle tissue. This does not necessarily mean we have to bulk up in order to store more.
The more muscle tissue you have the more you can store, but you don’t have to look like a body builder in order to increase muscle tissue size. Increasing muscle tissue, or muscle cell size is called Hypertrophy. We will explore this and some ways to achieve this in a future article.