Tag: Fitness

Guest Post: The Importance of Vitamins for Muscle Growth and Recovery

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We all know that building those lean, nice looking muscles is tough. You cannot create them merely by pushing yourself to the limit and gorging yourself on protein. Building muscles takes workouts, allowing your body to recover, and a solid, balanced diet. While workout sessions are indubitably important, maintaining a balanced diet should be every bodybuilder’s top priority. The thing is, even the best diet should be supplemented if you want to get your muscles to grow quickly and to recover rapidly and adequately.

When people hear the word “supplements” the first things that come to mind are usually creatine, fat burners, whey, etc. That happens because ads for those supplements are everywhere. It seems like every billboard in every city simply screams “Take more whey!” or “Stuff yourself with creatine!”

The truth is that the supplements you need are not those mentioned above. You need to take vitamins in order to stimulate muscle growth and recovery. So, guess what? Your mom was right. Eating broccoli and taking vitamins will do wonders for your physique.

How do vitamins work to provide muscle growth?

If you’re not new to fitness, then you already know the basics. Carbs provide the body with the fuel it needs, but the tissues in our bodies are made up from fat and protein. Vitamins and minerals boost your body’s ability to use protein and fat, and in turn, they can create noticeable and quick muscle growth.

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The Controversial History of ZMA

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One of the unquestioned staples of bodybuilding supplementation, ZMA is often up there with creatine and protein in terms of popularity. Rumoured to increase testosterone, muscle mass and your chance of bizarre dreams, ZMA is promoted as a cheap and effective supplement for the average gym goer.

In my own brief training experience, it’s something I’ve used on a regular basis not because of its observable benefits, but because people talk about it so damn much. So my own conformity aside, it’s important to note that ZMA’s history and effectiveness is far more suspect than we might consider. That’s putting it mildly.

Mike Mentzer – Nutritional Reality (1993)

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The following excerpt comes from Mike Mentzer’s 1993 nutritional work, Heavy Duty Nutrition. A keen follower of Arthur Jones’s Heavy Duty training system, Mike was the poster child of an alternative and oftentimes radical form of bodybuilding. It should come as no surprise then that his nutritional advice also tended against the norm. 

In the following weeks, more chapters from Mike’s book will be shared on bulking, cutting and general good health. Enjoy!

Why Dropping An (Vitamin) E Is Great Nutritional Advice

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When it comes to pills, the best ones to drop are A, C, and D. These are the three top vitamins which keep the body healthy and in shape. But, there is another vitamin which gets ignored. It’s vitamin E, and it has as many health benefits as all three of the above put together. “But, how can that be? I’ve never heard of it before!” E is one of the lesser known nutritional titans, yet the effects are irrefutable.

Below are the reasons why dropping an E is an excellent way to stay healthy.

Guest Post: The Greatest Genetics? The Case of Flex Wheeler

Kenneth Flex Wheeler is often called the “Sultan of Symmetry” and known for being a living legend who has one of the best physiques to ever grace the IFBB stage as he has the widest back and shoulders among all bodybuilder competitors. In spite of muscle mass size, definition and proportion, Mr. Olympia judges have commonly been impressed with his muscle size than with body proportion, that`s why Flex Wheeler is justly considered as the greatest bodybuilder who has never won the Mr. Olympia, but who won Arnold Classic four times!

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Today Flex Wheeler is the 52-year old icon of bodybuilding who likes to amaze and make happy his fans announcing his comeback for the Mr. Olympia 2017.

Bill Starr, Gaining Weight The Natural Way (1993 article)

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It was the first really warm day of spring. The trees and shrubs displayed tiny buds, but the insects and crawling creatures were not yet out in force and, best of all, the poison ivy was still dormant. It was the ideal time to hike through the woodlands of the Susquehanna State Park. I tracked down the source of a small stream, watched a six-foot blacksnake slither up the limbs of a sapling in order to do some serious sunbathing, and observed a dozen adventuresome canoeists guide their crafts over the white water of Deer Creek.

Great Foods For Natural Weight Loss

Shifting those stubborn, unsightly pounds has been a subject of preoccupation for the health conscious for centuries. Indeed, an entire market has arisen around our need to keep wobbliness at bay, despite the demands of modern living. After all, with many of us working longer hours than ever before in jobs that traditionally require us to be bound to desks, a perfect flat tummy can be hard to attain.