What Causes Alien Gains
I've seen quite a few videos now on YouTube and Instagram with guys showing off their rippling, spasming muscles, and the slang term has dubbed them as “Alien Gains”.
Every one seems to think they have some sort of innate unique ability to manipulate the muscle fibers.
The most notable for this is Uzoma Obilor.
He was on a show called “The Doctors,” and even the doctors couldn't tell him what was wrong.
To me, the doctors not knowing the root cause was baffling because this the cause is actually pretty simple and fairly commonly known among those who work out.
Most guys who go to the gym have experienced this before to some extent.
If you eat a crappy diet that gives you an electrolyte imbalance, you will probably get muscle cramps and muscle spasms after the gym at one point or another.
That is literally what causes “Alien Gains”, an electrolyte imbalance.
Muscle Spasms Caused by Electrolyte Imbalance
I'm sure you've gone to train your chest, done a lot of fly and pressing movements, and then noticed your chest seizing up or spasming before.
When you're dehydrated or you don't have a proper electrolyte balance via dietary deficiencies, your body is not getting what it needs to properly contract and relax your muscles.
If you have a deficiency, and then you go train hard, you deplete your electrolyte balance even further.
As a result, you can get some crazy spasms.
The reality is that Alien Gains are simply caused by a poor diet, or a CAV3 gene mutation.
A mutation of this gene can result in a shortage of caveolin-3 protein in the muscle cell membrane.
The reduction of this protein can impair the regulation of calcium levels in muscle cells (a crucial electrolyte), leading to abnormal muscle contractions in response to stimulation.
This is the root of what is known as “Rippling Muscle Disease”.
So no, these guys don't have some special mind to muscle connection where they can trigger muscle rippling at will.
Rather, the lack of bodily control is what is causing the muscle ripples in the first place.
If you get really dehydrated, eat a subpar diet, and go to the gym and train chest balls to the wall, afterwards when you go home you can contract your chest and then hyperextend it and watch it spasm.
The net result is the same.
Muscle spasms via an electrolyte imbalance.
A gene mutation induced result will likely be more dramatic, due to an inherent inability to regulate electrolytes, which could likely then be compounded even further by poor diet practices.
Muscle Spasms While Bulking
This is something I've experienced in the past during “dirty bulks” where I ate excessive amounts of carbs and junk food, as well as used highly aromatizing AAS.
My electrolyte balance was thrown way out of whack, and I would experience multiple episodes of muscle spasms mid-workout.
That's what Alien gains are.
It's not some special ability, it's just the bodies lack of muscle control induced by an electrolyte imbalance.