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Last Updated on December 17, 2020

5 Ways To Build Muscle Quickly

5 Ways To Build Muscle Quickly

When most people think of building muscle and gaining weight, it seems like quite a long process with a lot of work involved. However, generally this is because people aren’t really sure of the best techniques to use or the latest research involved, which can both speed up the process.

Let’s face it, it seems like we all want more definition in our legs, arms and abs. I can’t think of one woman who wouldn’t like that perfect, subtle, feminine line on her bicep, or a man who doesn’t want a big chest and arms. However, for most these results have seemed nearly impossible to achieve…until recently.

Below are five simple ways to help you build muscle and gain weight fast:

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1. Eat protein before bed and prior to working out

New research in the Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise reports that taking 20 grams of protein after working out, and then again half an hour before bed, increases muscle growth naturally. You body will be working for you while you sleep!

It is important to know that 20 grams of protein equates to seven ounces of Greek yogurt. Don’t like Greek yogurt? You can also get this protein by gulping down two large glasses of low-fat milk! How simple is that!

2. Do resistance exercise training

The most effective way to increase muscle strength and muscle mass is resistance exercise training. Resistance exercise is usually done with free weights or weight machines; however, fast sprints on an ergometer at high resistance can also achieve increases in strength and mass.

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To ensure one doesn’t burn out and can pack on the weight from resistance training, one study in the European Journal of Sport Science mentioned the importance of restoring the depleted glycogen in your muscles by consuming carbohydrates (>1 g per kg) and protein (>10g) early after an exercise session.

3. Take creatine supplements

To assist resistance training and get faster results, there are a few proven supplements that have been known to help. One of which is creatine, and when taken over several days, it has been proven to increase your body mass through water retention. It can also increase your ability to lift more weights in a high-intensity, repetitive ergometer performance. It is important to note that even though supplementation may enhance the strength gains made through training by a small to moderate margin, the trade off is likely to be better results when it comes to bulk.

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    4. Before your start, make sure your intestines are clean

    Sometimes, it doesn’t matter how much you work out or eat, if your organs aren’t functioning properly, or are full of toxins, you may not achieve success. This is why some athletes take very gentle detox teas in the morning or at lunch to help flush the toxins from their kidneys and reduce unwanted inflammation in their bodies. There are a few caffeine-free, yummy, detox teas. One great recommendation I’d make is called Ultra Slender Detox. It’s 100% natural and just contains herbs. It’s also known for helping with skin issues and for increasing energy. This is great to take in the morning when you wake up to kick start your day, and so you will get the most from  your workout.

    5. Conjugated linoleic acid supplements

    You may be wondering what the heck “conjugated linoleic acid” is and how it is different from other supplements out there. Conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) is actually very important to human health and is a slightly altered form of an omega-6 fatty acid. It’s derived from many of the foods we eat, including meat and dairy products.

    So what is so special about CLA? Well, CLA supplementation has been shown to improve the lean mass to body fat ratio; decreasing fat deposition, especially on the abdomen, and enhancing muscle growth. CLA achieves this reaction by reducing body fat though enhancing insulin sensitivity so that fatty acids and glucose can pass through muscle cell membranes and away from fat tissue. This results in an improved muscle to fat ratio.

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    One study out of Norway also had great results with CLA. Specifically, researchers were able to prove CLA increases muscle mass. The researchers studied a group of healthy but overweight men and women, who were given 1.7g, 3.4g, 5.1g, or 6.8g of CLA per day. All groups showed significant reduction in body fat and an increase in lean muscle, but this effect was most significant for the two latter groups. Another amazing benefit that was found in this study was that all group participants showed a reduction in blood fat and cholesterol.

    Have you tried any of these techniques? Let us know how they worked for you. Have you got any other tips for increasing muscle bulk naturally? Feel free to leave them in the comments below.

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    Last Updated on January 19, 2021

    Steady State vs Interval Training: Are You Exercising Towards Your Goal?

    Steady State vs Interval Training: Are You Exercising Towards Your Goal?

    No matter if you are a professional athlete, fitness enthusiast or just an occasional gym goer, you couldn’t have been spared the dilemma between the two most popular and effective types of training – steady state training and HIIT (High-Intensity Interval Training).

    With a great number of available fitness advice that provide information favoring one or the other type of training, it seems like we are none the wiser when it comes to choosing between SST and HIIT.

    While steady state training involves steady, longer lasting cardio exercises that burn a lot of calories, fast intervals of high intensity workouts followed by quick resting provide faster results when it comes to burning calories, fat and improving overall aerobic capacity.

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    Steady state training is something you have probably been doing most of your life. Whether you are jogging, swimming, dancing, running on a treadmill, or cycling, steady state involves performing any type of cardio activity at a challenging, but steady pace, for over 20 minutes, using up to 70% of your capacity.

    HIIT training involves short and powerful intervals of intense activity, followed by a quick rest, with sessions lasting no longer than 20 minutes. With HIIT training you are ideally performing at 90-100 of you maximum capacity. HIIT training can be performed indoors, on a treadmill, using weights, or outdoors by running or cycling.

    Rather than trying to convince you to opt for one or the other type of workout, this article is aimed at providing analysis of both types in order to give you as much information so that you can chose what fits your specific needs best. As each person has different adaptability to each type of exercise, and not everyone has the same fitness goals, the explanation of the two types of training will, hopefully help everyone decide for themselves.

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    HIIT can be done in 20 minutes or less while SST takes a longer time!

    SST and HIIT require different time to perform. According to Douglas W. Stoddard MD, M Sp Med, Dip Sport Med, while steady state training requires more than 20 minutes, with high intensity interval training, you will be done in 20 minutes or less. This is the reason why many busy people opt for HIIT more frequently, as they need fast results with as little time as possible.

    HIIT burns stored carbohydrates while SST only burns stored fat!

    As far as the type of fat being burned during a workout, SST and HIIT, again, have significant differences. Being an aerobic training, steady state training needs oxygen and runs on stored fat. HIIT, on the other hand is anaerobic, meaning the activity intervals don’t require oxygen only. HIIT is powered by stored carbohydrates. However, as the 1994 study shows, high-intensity interval training has slight advantage to steady state training when it comes to burning fat.[1] This could be due to the ‘EPOC’, or ‘Excess Post-Exercise Oxygen Consumption’ effect of high intensity workout, that powers up metabolism even days after working out.

    It’s a DRAW on Building Muscle!

    Preserving muscle and loosing fat is one of the most important concern for anyone who works out. As the 2009 study suggest, longer cardio sessions of endurance training affect muscle loss.[2]

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    On the other hand, a 2006 study shows no significant difference between intense interval training and endurance training when it comes to muscle gain: “Training-induced increases in muscle buffering capacity and glycogen content were also similar between groups.”[3] Even though the promoters of each type of training would argue that the training they support is more effective for muscle sustainability, it seems that the differences are not significant.

    It’s a Win for Steady state training on Improving Endurance level!

    When it comes to improving endurance level, it seems that steady state training has significant advantage over HIIT. According to health and fitness expert Pete McCall, “Exercising below the ventilatory threshold for an extended period of time puts less physical stress on the cardiorespiratory system and can be an effective way to prepare for an endurance event.”[4]

    They Both Do A Good Job On boosting overall metabolism rate!

    When comparing a number of important health markers such as blood pressure, overall metabolism rate and VO2 max (a maximum amount of oxygen a body can process) for both type of training, the results indicate that both HIIT and steady state training show similar but significant improvements.

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    A 2015 study that analyzed the effects of high intensity training vs. moderate intensity training on cardiometabolic health shows similar improvements for both types of training, with MIT showing greater improvement in overall cardiovascular fitness as it showed greater improvement in VO2peak.[5]

    Newbies Alert! Beginners are advised to start off with steady state training!

    As far as the likelihood of you sticking with the workout of your choice is concerned, it is highly dependent upon your general fitness. For beginners it is much more advisable to start off with steady state training until they reach cardiovascular system and endurance levels for a more challenging HIIT workout. Although HIIT workout is more likely to keep you motivated, only trained athletes and experienced fitness enthusiasts are able to cope with the high intensity and exhaustion of HIIT.

    The Bottom Line on Choosing The “Best” Workout For Yourself..

    Finally, both HIIT and SST provide great health and fitness benefits, and you won’t make a mistake choosing one over the other. Ultimately, your choice should depend on your body condition and personal preferences. However, let’s not forget that a balanced approach to fitness is always the healthiest and most effective one, and it also includes healthy and balanced diet as the most important fitness and health factor.

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