When people think of getting in shape, the first thing they consider is the work in the gym. And while this for very good reason, they often completely neglect nutrition. Structuring your diet with your current goals in mind is absolutely essential to make any progress. It's the driving force behind your gains. Renee Jewett highlights some key points on the matter in her latest article.
How many times have you seen a competitor blow up immediately after a show? No, not with muscle. With water and fat. To the point where you even said, "What the hell happened to them?" This is a clear case of not managing a post-show rebound and the sooner you learn how to, the better muscle accrual you will have. Shawn Smith provides some tips to managing the post-show rebound in his latest article.
Bodybuilding is as much internal as it is external. Yes, it is the goal to look as big and ripped as possible but the idea of health is also a factor. The types of food you choose to put in your body can have a positive or negative effect on how the inner workings operate. It comes down to what you choose to fork into your mouth. Chris Tuttle, Registered Dietitian, dives deeper on the subject.
In the fitness world, people rely heavily on calorie free foods and products. They want to enjoy all the yummy sweet and savory foods but limit all the calories. Zero calorie foods are also a go-to for many in order to satisfy cravings. I hate to break the myth here, but zero calories on a food label does not mean it truly is zero calories. Although the amounts consumed for some foods might not add up to be significant, that is not always the case. The biggest issue is that it is easy to abuse zero calorie food items when food focus is so high on test prep. If you are dieting on 1500 calories, you can easily rack up an extra 150 calories for the food items you thought were zero calorie. Now you just bumped your calorie intake up 10%; that can be the difference between getting that last bit of body fat off or not. Let’s look over some common zero calorie foods.
An immune system is your body's shield against viruses, bacterias, and pathogens. The stronger your immune system is the better chance you will have in overcoming illness. Key herbs and minerals in the recently released Animal Immune Pak can help buff up your internal armor. Read more about it in the latest article, "Is Your Foundation Strong or Is Your House Ready to Crumble?"
You've seen the people at the gym who go there every day and never change. Year after year, they still maintain the same look while others around them move forward. Why are they not progressing? IFBB Pro Chris Tuttle provides some answers in his latest article, "5 Reasons Why You're Not Progressing." Check it out.
The recent food shortages over the last few weeks have left many people struggling to maintain their habitual diet. Although there is no question that we are not truly experiencing a food shortage as seen in the past, I’d like to address our current situation and provide some tips on what you can do if you are a strength athlete or on a strict diet.
With limited food access in many places due to the Coronavirus, John Jewett looks around the kitchen for some pantry staples to make the macros work. Waffles and pancakes, a crowd pleaser, can be easily made into a balanced meal. John’s favorite is Animal Whey Salted Caramel Peanut Butter pancakes, but your options are endless. Grab you favorite Animal Whey and let’s get started.
Most of us were contemplating our strategies for 2020 not too long ago. Whether you were thinking about your next competition or how you were going to add ten pounds of muscle or finally get your ass in shape or improve your squat, you had plans this year. I don’t think that any of our plans included being quarantined on account of a highly contagious and potentially lethal virus sweeping the globe. But, hey, shit happens. And shit has most certainly happened. Aside from the immediate health threat posed by the COVID-19 virus, many of us have to deal with new difficult circumstances such as businesses shutting down, massive layoffs, food and product scarcity, and social distancing. So what does all of this mean for the average bodybuilder/powerlifter/fitness enthusiast like you and me? It means that we’ve all had to make some adjustments in the name of keeping things moving.