As bodybuilders we have two mortal enemies that can keep us from showing our full potential: body fat and water weight.
Body fat is pretty straightforward when it comes to how we lose and gain weight. Water weight, on the other hand, is a bit more complicated and overall much more sensitive. In my book Rebound Like the Champ, I touch on water weight and I give you dieting tips to help you avoid it altogether.
In all honesty, the only way you can fight bloating from water retention is by fighting it on three fronts: supplements, diet, and water intake in general.
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All bodybuilders should know that if they don’t have DOMS, their workout needs improvement.
I’m not talking about whatever crazy stuff that you do in the privacy of your own home, I’m talking about Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness. This is a pain that we should all be familiar with; it’s the ache of our muscles that means that we did our workout right.
DOMS is caused by the microtears that our muscles develop from a hard workout and usually comes up a couple days after working out. Even though the pains should be expected, there are ways to reduce its effects through muscle recovery. Muscle recovery can be done with stretching and other techniques that I cover in my book Rebound Like the Champ, but today we’ll just cover foods that can help speed muscle healing.
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There are plenty of different bodybuilding sites nowadays that tout the use of enhanced recovery in order to achieve maximum gains.
Enhanced recovery calls for using different substances and techniques in order to stimulate muscle growth without needing a normal amount of rest. That means that you will have less down time in between workout sessions.
The ultimate goal of enhanced recovery is to increase gains within a shorter period of time, it won’t get you closer to your long-term goals. You, as a bodybuilder, should know straight off the bat that decreasing the rest your body needs is counterintuitive. Not only is it unhealthy, it is also unsustainable. Eventually all that neglect will catch up to you.
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It’s three weeks after the best competition of your life. For months, you dedicated yourself to a workout routine that would add amazing mass and shape to your muscles. You tracked every single piece of food you put in your mouth to make sure you stayed within your calorie limit and proper macros. You went to bed early and avoided alcohol. You even gave up that bachelor party in Vegas because you knew it would set your training back. And all the hard work paid off with your best competition finish yet.
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