These tips will make all the difference in your quest for results.
Supplement Yourself: When I talk about supplementation, I’m NOT talking about stimulants and artificial-type-products. Those are dangerous and should be avoided at all times.
What I’m talking about are whole-food, natural, and organic nutrition-supplement-type-products.
Things like quality multi-vitamins, minerals such as magnesium, zinc, antioxidants, pharmaceutical grade fish oil, and exercise recovery products such as New Zealand Whey protein or quality vegan protein mixed with L-Glutamine are a must post-workout for your success.
Branched Chain Amino Acids (BCAA) also plays a very important role in decreasing muscle soreness, resulting in speedy recovery. BCAAs will also prevent an energy crash during your workout allowing you to really get the most out of your efforts and prevent your body from eating its own muscle mass. These types of supplement products are essential to provide your body with the nutrients lacking in our food today.
Post-Workout Recovery: There are 2 recovery phases post-work. The first window is right after your last effort (ideally within 10 mins, but can be up to 30 mins) where you need a pre-digested protein (such as New Zealand Whey) to repair muscle damage. Adding 10g L-Glutamine will help drive the protein into your muscles for optimal recovery amongst many other health benefits. Eating a solid meal post-workout will take too much time to digest (resulting in a missed recovery window) and you probably won’t be up to it if you actually trained hard enough. If you miss this first recovery window; it will be 7 to 10 times more difficult for your body to regenerate its muscle glycogen. Glycogen is an energy source stored in your muscles that is used for exercise. If you have missed this recovery window; your body will desperately try to replenish its energy and your appetite will go through the roof. You will want to eat much more than you are supposed to, your mood will be negatively affected, you will experience much muscle soreness preventing you from being sufficiently active for up to 36 hrs. Not only that but you will enter a catabolic state where you will eat away your precious lean mass resulting in a slower metabolism and decreased muscle tone. Basically, you just wasted your time and you might as well have stayed home. Time and time again, I see clients who are not quite convinced of this and they often see little progress or even worse they get fatter.
The second recovery window is about 60-90 mins after. This is when you want to eat a solid meal consisting of meat, veggies and healthy fats. Again, missing one of your recovery windows will seriously hamper your efforts. Even worse, you waste your money.
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