The difference between anabolic and catabolic in weight training.

Anabolic means "building up" and catabolic means "breaking down." Anabolism and catabolism are the two parts of metabolism.

Metabolism is building up and breaking down components to maintain the function of the body and the balance of energy stores.

Well, with weight training we seek to maximize anabolic muscle building and minimize loss of muscle through catabolism. When you hear anabolic used in terms such as anabolic state, it is referring to the muscle-building processes and the hormones that promote them. Likewise, when you hear the word catabolic, it means processes that lead to losing the muscles you work hard to build.


Anabolic metabolism (anabolism) builds new compounds and tissues, including muscles. The body uses building blocks such as proteins and amino acids in this process and burns energy to do it. In weight training, anabolic metabolism builds and strengthens muscles and bones.

Catabolic metabolism (catabolism) breaks down complex compounds and body tissues. This releases energy. The body uses catabolism when a source of energy is needed. Sustained high-intensity exercise, such as running long distances can result in the catabolism of muscle as the body needs to break down protein for an energy source.

Exercising hard or going without eating for a long period of time without replacing energy with food and drink can lead to the breaking down of muscle for fuel.

To break this down a little more, if you aren't eating protein frequently (roughly every 3 hours) throughout the day you will be putting yourself in and out of anabolism and into catabolism.

As we saw earlier this means we are putting ourselves from an optimal muscle building state to a muscle break down state.

I'm not sure about you, but I want to get all the gains from my workouts.

So when life gets busy and I can't get a meal in I have a meal replacement shake or bar!!

In order to get the most out of every workout you should first be eating actual meals, but if you can't (I'm right there where I can't either some days) then you can check out these two products I use depending on where I'm at that day and what I have access to!


Level 1 protein shake
The meal replacement shake I take is Level-1


Level 1 protein bar
The protein bars that I use are Level-1 Bars.
If you have any questions on protein, anabolism, or catabolism, just let me know!! I'm always here to answer. For the fastest response reach out to me on Instagram!

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