Episode 177 – #AuthenticAF: Types Of Muscle, Genetics & Comparison Syndrome

Episode 177 – #AuthenticAF: Types Of Muscle, Genetics & Comparison Syndrome

On another episode of #AuthenticAF we discuss all the different types of muscle we often hear about: from lean, long, nimble, lengthy, bulky, 3D, toned and so on. And why muscle is just muscle. We then segue into a chat around genetics, and just how much is dictated by the way you’re built. Comparison syndrome is something that’s rife in the fitness world, so we share our own experiences and what you can do to alleviate the pressure of comparison that is so prevalent. 

“It’s not until I internalised the whole thing, that I realised what’s going on, and educated myself enough that the external validation or comparison started to disappear”

Akash Vaghela

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00:00 – Intro

01:56 – Leg stretching mobility

03:17 – Foam Rolling

07:14 – Muscle knot and adhesion

08:33 – Feeling tired on mobility routine

09:35 – Stretching to lengthen your muscles

12:14 – What causing your hip flexors to be weak

13:13 – Your brain sending signals when you are in pain

16:59 – How to build the muscle that you want

18:30 – How should women tone muscle

21:58  – Getting too big has never been an issue

22:43 – What happens to your muscle as you get older

26:43 – Body image, body dysmorphia, and comparison syndrome

32:01 – Improving yourself within

33:05 – Differences in genetics

38:31 – Shifting your goal from metrics to self improvement

42:12 – Falling in love with the process rather than the goal

47:02 – Don’t delay accountability

51:12 – Misconceptions about scale numbers

53:39 – Negative recomp 

55:11 – Good form and high levels of effort is what’s needed to see results


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Akash Vaghela is the Founder of RNT Fitness, where his mission is to see a world where everyone experiences the power of a physical body transformation to act as a vehicle for the greater good in their lives. Akash has produced 200+ blogs, 100+ videos and hosts the RNT Fitness Radio podcast, which has amassed over 110,000 downloads in 90+ countries across 100+ episodes. Alongside this, he's been seen in Men's Health, BBC, T-Nation, Elite FTS and the PTDC, while also regularly speaking nationally and internationally on all things transformation.