View Full Version : Any bodybuilders here???
08-27-2006, 11:33 PM
I've been on my weight loss program for awhile now. Now, I'm moving into the heavy workout and muscle gain phase. I workout 5 days a week, and do the treadmill about the same.
I'm looking to add:
Anybody have some pointers on getting the best gains? I'm looking at starting the BSN products, like Nitrix and Cellmass. Just thought I'd see if there's any bodybuilder types here.
08-28-2006, 12:22 AM
well im just getting started and I do about 100gs of whey, load 10gs of creatine and for after workout i do 75gs of endurox for my dextrose, sucrose and glutamine...It seems to be working i guess
I don't know but everyone i talk to says that you should work out everyother day?
08-28-2006, 01:08 AM
Last I read/heard:
To get more muscle mass one should use heavy weights one day then rest the next. This alternate (day on/day off) schedule gives your body the time it needs to build up what your workout has "damaged." This includes limiting cardio workouts on those days off. Once again the idea is to work your muscles hard then give your body the time to build up to those workout needs. If you must workout every day (endorphines are great) do different muscle groups on alternate days and get your rest. I don't suggest skipping cardio, but larger muscles usually mean better oxygen uptake/usage and so your making it easier for your heart and lungs already. Larger muscles also burn up more energy at rest so you lose unwanted weight faster.
To define those muscle groups better use less weight and workout more. This is where cardio/workout combos shine. Daily workouts will get you thinner over time. Your muscles will be smaller but you will be cut.
I used to read muscle mags and noticed a trend among builders: off season they would build mass and right before competition season they would change their regimen to define their bodies. The defining of their muscles would almost certainly cut back on the mass they had built up but the mass building leaves more of a rounded muscle tone. I suggest the same for you: September through March work out to build muscles then in April start working towards that summer cut.
The body is a quite remarkable, dynamic machine. It will strive to make itself fit the needs placed on it. When you don't need it fat accumulates, when you use it it will get in shape. When you need it to move a lot of mass it will build itself up to do just that. If you need it to be able to do a little over a long time, it will form itself to do that too. It can be abused though. I had a boss who was all or nothing: he would run every day to the point of abuse and ended up fusing vertibrae(etc.). I knew of another who worked out his pecs after pulling them and ended up with a rather large fluid buildup showing up on his chest.
Now realize that each of us has their own potential for muscle building. You may have noticed that some can do one pushup and have huge muscles and another a regular workout schedule and get no real size at all. Everyone has heard of cheats and there are numerable "helps" out there. You have mentioned some of those.
Please help your body out and make sure you are eating right first. Then add as you see fit. There are no guarantees and it takes years for most of us to get the bodies we want - only to find out that we cannot sustain them for the rest of our lives. Take your time and develop a plan that will keep you fit and strong over the long term. Stick with it!
08-29-2006, 06:02 PM
Right now, I lift every other day, and do the treadmill everyday. I'm think I'm going to invest in some "cheats" though. Creatine really makes a difference I can tell, so I hope the Nitrix does what it's supposed to do too. Thanks for the input guys!!
08-30-2006, 01:20 PM
Creatine is great as is Glutemine for protien synthesis and some of the low carb/col whey powders.
Alot of the high end products are really just mixes of amnio acids, creatine, caffine and carbs at twice the cost. Check the ingredients label and you will see what I mean - you will honestly get the same results from buying the basic no frills ingredients in bulk from the vitamine shoppe.
The Glutemine is especially important if you are dieting (you are part of trigs weight challenge as I remember) and are doing alot of areobic exercise - dont forget the body will gladly attack muscel as well as fat when you are losing weight.
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