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How to Treat and Prevent Stretch marks from weight training

Updated on November 24, 2013

Almost all bodybuilders and gym goers deal or has dealt with stretch marks some time during their weightlifting endeavors.Weight lifting is a great way to increase overall strength and endurance, while sculpting the muscles of our body.Stretch marks can appear anywhere on the body.In the musclequest to your desired physique,building muscle and gaining strength trough weightlifting can put a strain on your body and so too your skin.The appearance of stretch marks are unattractive and could lead to some people feeling self consious.

Cause

Stretch marks are a form of scarring on the skin.They are caused by the tearing of the dermis,which is situated under the epidermis.Stretch marks are often a result of stretching of the skin.Stretch marks can be obtained during pregnancy,overweight and in the adolescent stages and as i mentioned weight lifting.

Normal skin layers

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Weightlifting

Every war and battle has left behind scars on the people and on the land and so too when we go to war in the gym every day,we get battle scars.Stretch marks can appear from lifting large amounts of weights,growth in muscle and when bulking up or gaining weight.


Prevention

As a weight lifter or aspiring bodybuilder your primary goal is too gain as much muscle as you possibly can.Lifting heavy weights can help us achieve a gain in muscle,but at what price.As our muscle tissue develops faster than our skin tissue resulting in unwanted stretch marks.When it comes to the prevention of stretch marks less is more,lighter weights for more reps in the first few weeks with a gain in weight every other week.Give your body time to adapt to its new features and concentrate on lean quality muscle instead of bulking up.

Avoid the use of steroids,they will speed up the amount of muscle you gain in a short period and this could result in tendons,skin and other non muscle tissue too get left behind and this can lead too serious injury and stretch marks.

 

Do not force feed yourself with a large amount of food every few hours,eating large amount of carbohydrates and protein will develop into fat because your body doesn’t need and use the extra energy.Follow a well balanced diet to gain quality muscle and have small meals and healthy snacks during the day.


Conclusion

As always prevention is the best cure.Stretch marks can be extremely unappealing and cause emotional scars as well.We should always consider the impact of an action you take and evaluate the possible ripple effects or consequences.Spread the word guys it might just save your gym bro a few unwanted scars.

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      karan 3 years ago

      very nice i damaced this stretec's i think i use this treamment n i will clear stretch's n than thank u

      From india uk haridwar

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      musclequest 5 years ago from Johannesburg,South Africa

      Eactly...stay away as far as you can

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      Amelia Aitken 5 years ago from London, United Kingdom

      Oh My God those scars are Scary in deed !!

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