Big muscles: all show and no substance?

An increase in muscle size is not necessarily a measure of strength, a new study reveals.

Instead, a team physiologists from the University of Mississippi have concluded from their literature review that muscle size and muscle strength may actually be separate phenomena.

Their finding challenges the notion that bigger muscles equate to greater strength; an assumption upon which exercise programs have been based.

“The conclusion that a change in muscle size affects a change in strength is surprisingly based on little evidence,” the authors write in the journal