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Recovery supplements help your body to repair muscle after exercise
After a workout, your muscles need to recover and repair. The 30 – 60 minute period following a training session is referred to as the ‘anabolic window’. Anabolic means the body is primed to construct muscle tissue.
In order to take advantage of the anabolic state, you need to take on board a sufficient amount of muscle building nutrients. If you don’t, your body will switch to the catabolic state and instead burn muscle for fuel. Recovery supplements are designed to help you refuel at this critical time.
Glutamine is important to athletes and bodybuilders because it drives muscle building nitrogen into muscle cells, where it is synthesised for muscle growth.
Glutamine is an amino acid produced naturally in the human body. It is mostly found in skeletal muscle, but also resides in the lungs, liver and stomach.
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BCAAs are a quick energy source
If you’re new to weightlifting, you might have heard the term ‘BCAA supplements’ thrown around.
But what are they and do you need them?
Let’s find out…
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The chemical formula of creatine
Creatine is a natural compound the body produces in the pancreas, kidneys and liver. The bloodstream carries the creatine to your muscles, where it converts into phosphocreatine.
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Our bloggers and gyms ‘top tips’ posts proved so popular, we decided to create one mega resource full of the best tips and tricks to keep you fit.
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Want to gain weight but stay lean?
Until recently, the advice was to stick to lean cuts, plenty of carbs and low fat spreads. But a tectonic shift in food thinking is causing earthquakes in the food and drink industry.
And it’s good news for carnivores – red meat and butter are on the menu again. Why? Because sat fat is back.
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The gym – are you doing it right?
Whether you’re a gym noob or a seasoned pro, you should avoid these gym no-nos at all costs.
We asked our top gym insiders for tips on what not to do at the gym and their responses are wise, useful and hilarious in equal measure!
To keep things simple and help you identify your weak spots, we’ve split the tips into mind and body categories. So, are you in trouble? Only one way to find out…
Advice about what you should and shouldn’t eat is everywhere.
And there’s never been more argument about what is good for you and what isn’t. To help separate fact from fiction we’ve decided to bust some of the most popular food myths.
So next time you stock up, you can be sure your choices are healthy ones.
It is an almost universally accepted truth that the majority of hard work involved in bodybuilding is dieting.
Sure, we repeatedly put ourselves through massive amounts of pain in the gym – breaking down our muscles, pushing our bodies as far as they can go – but it’s the actions you take after you leave the gym that will determine whether or not you’re going to be building muscle. Simply put, it’s all about nutrition.
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Survive past the age of 5, and through childbirth, and you’d live a good life
If you want to live a long, healthy life, adopt the Victorian diet and workout ethic.
That’s the advice of researchers who have discovered that far from living short lives characterised by overwork, malnutrition and disease, Victorians lived to a ripe old age and were much fitter and healthier than we are today. And all without many of the medicines, vitamin pills and protein supplements we take for granted today.
Let’s find out how they did it.