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Anti-Catabolics

If muscle growth after a workout is due to micro-tears then wouldn’t taking an anti-catabolic that reduces the muscle damage and soreness after a workout be counter-productive.

I’d say you want your body in an anabolic state to start repairing those muscle tears.

Being in a catabolic state of possible muscle breakdown for fuel is only going to slow your progress.

[quote]bruticus wrote:
If muscle growth after a workout is due to micro-tears then wouldn’t taking an anti-catabolic that reduces the muscle damage and soreness after a workout be counter-productive. [/quote]

Anti-catabolic = keeping your body from breaking down or cannibalizing itself.

You want something that will ward off being catabolic (breaking down) and kick start the anabolic (muscle building) process, so an anti-catabolic would be desired.

Surge= very anti-catabolic, very anabolic!

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If working out proper and to a high enough entensity I dont care what your on your going to cause catabolism. The faster you can swing that to anabolic the better IMO.

You want the “microtears” from lifting. It’s the muscle breakdown that occurs post-training due to a rise in cortisol and other catabolic hormones that you want to reduce as much as possible. This will accelerate the recovery and muscle-building process