It's that time of year that everyone wants to be outside, whether it's at the beach, at the park, or taking your fitness routine outside. Who wants to be couped up inside when you can be outside making new friends from the neighborhood boot camp. Chances are there's one going on in your neighborhood or it's about to start.
How much do I eat? How many calories? What percentage of macronutrients should I be eating? These are all common questions in the fitness world. I touched on BMR in my second article, but I will hit on that a little more here as well as try to find the macro ratio's we should target. It's certainly a wise practice to balance between macronutrients, but a single perfect ratio for everyone just doesn't exist. Ok so let's start with step one: finding your BMR.
If you're like me, than you go into each workout knowing that you're going to get a solid session according to your program and you're going to crush it, and you're going to be smart about it. So, with that said, the occasional "beast mode" throw down is not only a physical test, but a mental one as well.
American Football is like just about every other sport, in that it has a history of coaches with a little understanding of the sport's demands on its players. Football is a constant stop-start style to play, with the average play lasting no longer than ten seconds, followed by a much longer rest period. It's demands are closer to traditional sprinting and weight training methods. Compared to sports like Rugby or Boxing, where there is a far greater endurance element required. With that said, the sport has a big element of lateral mobility and technical considerations as well.
How do you stay on track for success in your new gym routine?
I touched a little on this a few months back. Now that you have decided to join a gym, you've setup your membership, you're ready to go, but how do you stay on track, be successful, have fun, and not fall into the Resolution wheel? First, what is your goal?
We all know that muscle endurance is the ability of a muscle or a group of muscles to perform and sustain repeated contractions under or against a resistance for an extended period of time. What does that mean. Usually the period of time is 60seconds, but can be anything. The go to example is the push-up, how many push-ups can you do in 60 seconds? How do I train myself to be able to keep pressing for the duration of those 60 seconds?
You've decided to get into shape. You've made the decision to walk into your local gym. Sometimes it can be very intimidating and scary looking at all the equipment that you may not know how to use. So this is my guide to get you going and on your way to a better you.
What is the Post Workout Phase? What does it mean? What are you supposed to do? Most people consume something after a workout, but there are those out there that do not. Are you one of those people? Why?!
I have broken this into three parts: 1) carbohydrates, 2) insulin debacle, and 3) muscle glycogen. Apart from these three things, it goes without question that you should be consuming PROTEIN post workout! I personally take in 50g after each training session.