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Muscle Gain

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12th September

THE SCIENCE

An increase in muscular tension (force) is the primary requirement for initiating muscular growth, or hypertrophy with exercise training. An Increase in muscle size through increased protein synthesis during resistance training is a fundamental biological adaptation to an increased workload in both men and women regardless of age.
In good old plain English, if you eat right and train hard you will grow! Simple when you know how, isn’t it. Or is it? In determining your potential for growth there are three fundamental factors that you will need to understand more about.

GENETICS

This starts with Morphology, or the science of Body shapes. Each of us can be broadly placed in to one of three classifications based on the physical characteristics that we display. These characteristics are determined primarily by two main components – Body Fat and Fat free mass.

The classic Ectomorph

Long, … Read More »



Hydration

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15th June

Natures Nectar

Why exactly are we constantly being advised to drink about 21/2 litres of water a day?
Well apparently water represents 45 to 60% of an adult’s total body weight
Muscle comprises 80% water compared to fat which is only 20% water.
Each day the average sedentary individual uses the following amount of water that has to be replaced.
1500 ml/day excretion by kidneys in the form of urine
500ml/day evaporation and perspiration from the skin
300ml/day from the lungs
200 ml/day from the gastrointestinal tract
To the majority of recreational exercisers thirst will be viewed as an indicator that they need to drink or they will become dehydrated. In actual fact, thirst is a sign that the person is already dehydrated, albeit in the initial stages.
Inadequate hydration will lead to a compromise in the function of the Circulation, Heart, Brain, Lungs and just about every physiological process … Read More »



Supplementation

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15th June

The purpose of supplementation is to compensate for any dietary or nutritional shortcomings in an individual’s normal daily eating routine.

One of the most commonly asked questions by individuals who are embarking on a weight gain or body building programme is; –

What supplements do I need?

The question they should really be asking is; –

Do I need supplements?

To answer this question effectively we must first clarify the purpose of supplementation.

The purpose of supplementation is to compensate for any dietary or nutritional shortcomings in an individual’s normal daily eating routine.

This means that the requirement for dietary supplementation is as individual as each person and the balance and quality of their respective diet.
With this in mind I have listed some of the more widely accepted advantages and dis- advantages of supplementation.

ADVANTAGES

CONVENIENCE

Allows for a large calorie intake without the associated bulk from foods containing … Read More »



Healthy Living

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15th June

NUTRITION

Many of us will spend a great many hours working through endless set’s and rep’s looking for that magical combination that will finally add that extra inch or bring about that much sort after line of definition. But how many of us would think about spending even half as much time, effort and dedication in looking at what we eat and drink?
In my experience, unfortunately, not enough! The importance of good nutrition cannot be overstated in any physical pursuit but particularly when it comes to increasing muscle mass, reducing body fat and changing shape. Without a well thought out eating plan that is balanced in carbs, proteins and fat, all that time and effort spent in the gym will be in vain.

PROTEIN
Of all the nutrients available to the exercise enthusiast protein is probably one of the most controversial in … Read More »



Muscle Gain

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15th June

THE SCIENCE

An increase in muscular tension (force) is the primary requirement for initiating muscular growth, or hypertrophy with exercise training. An Increase in muscle size through increased protein synthesis during resistance training is a fundamental biological adaptation to an increased workload in both men and women regardless of age.
In good old plain English, if you eat right and train hard you will grow! Simple when you know how, isn’t it. Or is it? In determining your potential for growth there are three fundamental factors that you will need to understand more about.

GENETICS

This starts with Morphology, or the science of Body shapes. Each of us can be broadly placed in to one of three classifications based on the physical characteristics that we display. These characteristics are determined primarily by two main components – Body Fat and Fat free mass.

The classic Ectomorph

Long, … Read More »



Weight Loss

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15th June

Successful Long Term weight loss is a bit like a jigsaw, the question is……have you got all the pieces!

While it is fair to say that some eating patterns lend themselves better to the physiological process of weight loss, it is perhaps, if not more important, to acknowledge the role of Mindset, Habit and ultimately lifestyle in achieving long term success.
Without effectively addressing each of these area’s, any attempt at “change” (which is what successful long term weight loss is all about) will be at best short lived and at worst, doomed to failure before you start.