We’ve come a long way since the quintessential post-workout protein shake. As we learn more about how the body reacts to physical or muscular stress, we understand more about what we need to give it to help recovery.
There will come a time, even with the best training plan, that you exercise and progress will start to plateau. When this happens, a number of things can occur. It’s common that people will become demotivated and slowly start to give up, but that’s the last thing you should do. Many other people will reach for some type of supplements.
Huge thanks for all the questions coming in, its great to have so much interaction in what I am doing. Helping you achieve your goals is what it is all about for me, and by doing the Q&A if I can help just one person it’s worth it for me.
I spend most of my working days in the gym. No surprise there I guess, but looking back, I must have spent most of my adult life in one gym or another. I’ve been a personal trainer for over 12 years now and I’ve been specialising in the online side of training for the last 5.
There will come a time when training hard isn’t enough. It isn’t the sole solution to your fitness problems. You will often here that results are 80% nutrition and 20% training. While this isn’t evidence backed it isn’t far from the truth. In order to maximise your sessions you need to seriously consider your nutrition.
One of the most common reasons I hear from those who don’t manage to stick to a training plan is that it’s too much of a solitary experience. I get that. I understand it. It is true that training can be a very singular activity. It’s just you against yourself, sometimes fighting against your own willpower, determination or individual motivators, even when you’re surrounded by other people.
Getting or even staying fit is hard, there’s no doubt about it. It’s that difficulty that makes it all worthwhile. Achieving your own fitness battle is as much a physical tussle, as it is a mental one. We live and die by our beliefs. If you believe you can do it, you’re right. If you believe you can’t, you’re also right. Which would you rather be?
I have been a personal trainer for over a decade and worked with some of the most famous actors modern-day Hollywood has to offer. As you would expect, a lot of them become best known due to their incredible physical appearance and presence on screen and, more often than not, your eyes will be drawn to their blockbuster arms.
Increasing your muscle size is known as hypertrophy. This basically means the increase in skeletal muscle through the increase in the size of its component cells. There are two factors that help your muscles to grow; sarcoplasmic hypertrophy is all about the glycogen storage within muscles and myofibrillar hypertrophy which is concerned with increased myofibril size.