How many of us have spent endless amounts of time calculating our caloric burn during exercise? We use pedometers, heart rate monitors, digital displays on cardio machines, etc. What people need to realize that it isn’t just about the calories we burn in the gym that help towards our goal of fat loss; it is also the amount of calories we burn AFTER the gym that count.
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To stretch or not to stretch, that is the question. But what is the answer? This topic is one of the oldest debates in the fitness realm. There are countless articles, studies, and views on this topic. In this week’s blog I will share with you some of the information that I feel is useful and compelling.
Looking for the latest VPX pre-workout muscle building supplement? If you’re craving amazing pumps during your workout, Carbonx is the product for you. This product is the thermogenic super carb matrix that may increase the thermogenic effect of a meal by over 70%. Natural Pro and previous Mr. Florida Eric Hoult, recommends taking Carbonx to achieve that extra long lasting pump during your workout. “You get a superfast pump, even when you do your first set. As soon as it hits your system, you will feel an explosive fullness within the muscle you’re training”.
We all know the feeling: your heart starts racing, your mind is going a million miles an hour, your back begins to tense up, and you feel tension and anxiety creeping up on you. Yes, this is stress. Whether this is actual stress, or perceived stress, it’s still stress. If you work out regularly, you already know that a good workout can be the most beneficial thing you can do to relieve and even completely get rid of stress. Chronic stress can actually lower your immune system, make you feel tense and cranky, and will prevent you from getting a good night’s sleep. Other methods for stress reduction exist such as like progressive muscle relaxation, guided imagery and biofeedback. One direct way to ease tension is through massage.
Are you one of those gym rats who spends endless hours in the gym day in and day out working hard to improve your physique but don’t see any difference in your body? You believe that the more work you do, the better off you will be. You might not be seeing any results because you may be doing your body more harm than good when training so much. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms listed below, you may be over-training.
Whether you’re a newbie or an experienced bodybuilder at some point you are undoubtedly going to experience DOMS, or Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness. What is DOMS you ask? DOMS is the pain and discomfort often felt in the 24-72 hours post-exercise. It differs from regular muscle soreness in the duration, severity, and causal factors – where regular soreness is likely due to microtrauma to muscle fiber structure and is experienced immediately after training, tapering off in less than two days. Some trainees feel that muscle soreness is a sign that they have actually done hard work, and if they don’t feel slight discomfort than they have not trained hard enough. Regardless of how hard you train, any new/different stimuli to the muscle will likely produce the same result; pain and discomfort.
Take for instance a professional tri-athlete. He is a professional, yet he has no experience whatsoever with supplemental nutrition. He has succeeded thus far on his natural abilities and talent yet for some reason cannot crack the top 50 professional tri-athletes in the world. What makes him any different from all the other professional tri-athletes? He is training just as hard and just as much as the rest, but why is he not breaking through his personal best? Could it be that making a small change in his diet could mean the difference between placing in the top 10 percentile or above 50?
Water intoxication, medically termed Hyponatremia, is more common than most people think. And it can be especially dangerous under certain exercise conditions and can produce serious medical conditions.
You've just mixed and drank your post-workout shake and are on your way home to prepare your next meal. You think to yourself, "I am way ahead of the game by jumping on this recovery bandwagon!" You've had your post-workout meal, you are about to eat your next meal full of protein and nutrients that your body needs, and you know you're making gains you've never quite been able to achieve. This would never be able to happen without an adequate amount of rest. That's right, sleep is the most important aspect of the recovery process, and is often overlooked. You can time your meals to the T, drink all the protein shakes you want, spend countless hours in the gym grinding it out and still never make any improvements without a full 8 hours of sleep each night.
Ok, so you’ve just spent 45 minutes pounding it out in the gym tearing up your muscles, gulped down an extra frothy, fast-acting protein and carbohydrate drink and are on the road to muscle recovery. Considering it is only 4 pm, you have the rest of the evening ahead of you and you definitely can’t let yourself starve. You need to consume at least two more meals before your head hits the pillow and you are well aware that those two meals should not consist of fast-food and soft drinks. The recovery process does not end at the post-workout meal!