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BUILDING A BIG SQUAT

BUILDING A BIG SQUAT

Simply put, squats are the most difficult, intimidating and painful exercise you could possibly have in your arsenal. They require massive amounts of discipline and willpower to perform correctly. After you have performed a set of squats to failure, you'll know exactly what I'm talking about! They are also a challenging exercise to master from a technical standpoint. All this aside, they are also the most productive. Squats have packed more muscle onto skinny frames than any other lift out there. Because of the degree of difficulty, squats also force your body to release higher amounts of important anabolic hormones, such as testosterone and growth hormone, thus resulting in total body muscle growth. In addition, squats also cause what is known as a "spillover effect": a strength gain in almost all of your other exercises. When I started squatting to failure, my bench press increased by 20 pounds! If you're looking for serious muscle gains and you don't already squat, you'd better get started. Quite simply, they really, really work.

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MUSCLE BUILDING QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

MUSCLE BUILDING QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS


Q. I can't get enough of a pump in the gym. It's starting to frustrate me; I want a huge pump for huge gains! What can I do?

A. The first thing you should understand is what a pump really is. Contrary to popular belief, it is not caused by a flow of blood into a particular area of the muscle. Instead, it is the result of blood that has been "trapped" inside. This results in a hard, full feeling inside the muscle. However, a pump is most certainly not an indicator of a successful workout. Although it feels great, we should never use this as a guide to whether or not we are having a good workout. Use progression as your guide for success in the gym, not the pump. You would get a huge pump by doing 50 reps with a 10 pound dumbbell, but do you think this would be effective for muscle growth? There is your answer right there.

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LOSE BODY FAT WHILEST DRINKING WINE AND ALCOHOL

LOSE BODY FAT WHILEST  DRINKING WINE AND ALCOHOL

Can I drink alcohol?. Probably one of the most frequently asked questions asked by the physique and figure folks who are relatively new to the gym and want to explore how much they have to sacrifice in order to obtain that body they've always wanted. Your more experienced gym goers dont ask because the answer is obvious isnt it?

Well if you're one of those people who think alcohol is off the menu if you want to lose body fat then you may be in for a pleasant shock. Not only can you drink, but you can drink a surprising amount and still create that perfect body so long as you follow a few simple 'rules'.

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THE REFLEX TECHNOLOGY PARK

THE REFLEX TECHNOLOGY PARK
This interview was conducted by Adam Kitchen, and the question answered by Reflex Nutrition's very own Karl Schwick.

Question: Quite simply, how does Reflex Vegan Protein stack up against whey protein in terms of overall quality? Can pea protein really be considered on par as a viable alternative, even for non-vegans?


Karl Schwick: From our perspective, those that are looking at Vegan Protein would be doing so because they don’t/can’t use dairy proteins. Vegan Protein is was not launched as an alternative to whey protein but to provide an alternative in a market that doesn’t have a great deal of choice. However, whilst I would say that in terms of overall amino acid profile whey is stronger, our Vegan Protein certainly isn’t too far behind and if you cannot use whey then it makes it’s a great choice. As an example, 18% off the protein content is BCAA’s, where as 25% of whey protein is typically BCAAs. Naturally this is a little lower isn’t a dramatically low as many would think. It also contains high levels of glutamine/glutamic acid and is a richer source of arginine when compared with whey or micellar casein. It has a PDCAAs score of 92, which compares well with whey and casein and favourably against most other vegetable sources of protein. 

 
 

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WANT TO GET LEAN IN A HURRY

WANT TO GET LEAN IN A HURRY

1.    Eat for health and consume lots of green fibrous vegetables – foods such as broccoli are full of nutrients, high in fibre which helps you feel full and also very low in calories. Having lean meat / fish with plenty of green vegetables and some healthy fat such as olive oil is a near dam it perfect meal.

2.    drink plenty of water, your body functions more efficiently when you take in plenty of water and it also keeps hunger pangs at bay. You do not need to go overboard with it – the simplest guide is the colour of your urine, drink enough to ensure it is clear.

3.    Make sure that you are lifting weights 2-4 times per week, there is no better way to torch body fat and jack up your metabolism than hitting a good weights session. Also make sure that you are still aiming to shift some heavy iron, many people want to get lean and suddenly think lifting light weights for more reps is the best way to go about it. A much better approach is to keep in at least one strength exercises per session and then after that you can move at a faster pace with slightly lighter weights.

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ADD SLABS OF MUSCLE

ADD SLABS OF MUSCLE

There are many different techniques out there that can be used to add variety to your training programme and help you to add slabs of muscle to your physique. Here are some of the methods that I believe are truly effective at helping you achieve this.

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BUILDING A MASSIVE BACK

BUILDING A MASSIVE BACK

If I could give any advice to newbie trainers looking to add slabs of muscle and get stronger whilst improving posture and keeping their body healthy it would be this …. TRAIN YOUR BACK AND TRAIN IT OFTEN.Hope that got your attention, Every person I have ever trained has improved their back development, improved strength and got rid of niggling shoulder issues simply by training their back with more frequency. If you take a look at most conventional bodybuilding routines out there you will see that every muscle group is hit once a week, now on the surface this may not seem a big issue but trust me it is. Chest and shoulders are usually trained on separate days and with as much volume as the person’s back day. This basically means that you are doing A LOT more pushing than pulling which can lead to piss poor posture …..we have all seen those guys who walk around with their shoulders hunched forward looking like trolls. Well this undesired look is one consequence of too much pushing and I can tell you now that this will lead to shoulder problems and also reduced range of movement. If you don’t believe me hunch your shoulders forward …..now try and lift your arms straight into the air above your head …..yes I know its impossible and good luck doing an overhead press.

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