Training Intensity Principles:
Manipulation of Growth
General Adaptation Syndrome (GAS) is the defense response of the
body or mind to injury or prolonged stress. It consists of the
following three stages as listed and described below:
(1) An initial shock reaction.
(2) An increasing resistance or
adaptation, using various defense mechanisms of the body or
(3) Final stage of either adjustment
and healing or exhaustion and disintegration.
Bodybuilding is first physical stress, and second, mental and
emotional stress. It is the delicate balance between GAS from your
body and the continued onslaught of training that yields pounds of
hard - won muscle. Train less, eat and sleep more is the
generalized prescription for taking advantage of your body’s
GAS. Remember that steroids only speed the recovery side of GAS.
They do not specifically produce new muscle growth. There must
always be the initial source of stress - training.
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