You get in the gym, you kick butt in there, and then you get out of there. The schedule can be tough and your life can be busy, but you always manage to find the time and energy to make it to the gym your 4 or 5 days each week to get the job done.
Training is only part of the battle, as you probably already know. A diet rich in solid carbohydrate sources, 300+ grams of protein daily, and all of your essential fatty acids are also necessary, along with plenty of fiber and water. The third leg of the bodybuilding “stool” would have to be recovery. This is the time when we actually GROW. You train in the gym, giving you stimulation to grow, and you feed your body a the kitchen table to have the nutrients to grow. But it is in the recovery phase, the other hours of week, which you make gains. Let’s look at a few tips for making your recovery occur faster each week.
Sleep You should be getting at least 7.5 hours of sleep each night. If your schedule will allow it and your body will take it, 8.0 to 8.5 hours of sleep each night is even better. A quick nap of 45 minutes in the mid-day is also highly useful for adding new muscle mass.
Whey The low-fat nature of whey protein powder ensures it is able to be completely digested and delivering amino acids to the muscle groups in less than an hour. While steak and other fat-laden proteins are useful for long-term protein release, use whey at least twice each day to give those muscle fibers the amino acids they need, as fast as possible!
Supplements Supplements such as Mesobolin can give your body added fuel for recovery, in addition to greater training intensity in the gym. Do your research, see what works, and keep a journal to record the recovery results you observed when using a product.
Stretching It’s not wise to stretch too much BEFORE a workout, as you will sacrifice the structural integrity and balance which is required for some of your heavier compound lifts. However, following a tough day of training legs, back or chest, a quick stretch every 60 minutes can break up lactic acid deposits and ensure your muscles are sore for a far shorter period!
Vitamins If you are deficient in any way in terms of vitamins or minerals, then new muscle will have a hard time growing, and you’ll be sore longer and longer following each workout. Plan ahead, and take vitamins at the same time each day.
Simple adjustments to your lifestyle such as these will allow your central nervous system to recovery faster, as well as deliver quicker recovery of the individual muscle groups. Stay consistent in your training and diet, follow these tips, and you’ll see great bodybuilding success!