During pregnancy, women gain anywhere from 25 to 40lbs. It took 9 months to put that weight on, so don’t expect to lose all the weight right after the baby is born.
First thing you should do is consult with your doctor to see if your body is ready. Ligaments and joints will still be loose due to the hormone relaxin. Diastasis recti, which is the separation of your core muscles, is also common after birth.
The number one thing that causes a gym card to become just a decoration on a keyring; the dreaded plateau. A plateau happens to almost everyone. It is the point when you are going to the gym regularly, losing weight, then suddenly you get stuck with those last 10lbs. Or you’re lifting regularly and can’t seem to get your quads to get bigger, no matter how much time you spend on them.
Competition season is here! Around this time the gym is filled with competitors, carrying their gallon of water, sweating through their long sleeves. The men are found usually in the area with the best lighting, practicing their side pose, while the women practice in their clear heels. It is my favorite season. These individuals put months of work in for only a few minutes on stage.
I watch my bikini team bust butt in the gym and always help them stretch after their workout, but after the cool down I make sure they continue to work on the post recovery. I explain the importance of nutrition and recommend the following supplements to help them maximize their growth.
Protein is commonly known for making muscles heal quickly and grow bigger. There are many more benefits to using protein supplements, besides big biceps.