Sodium is a great mineral that helps to regulate overall balance of vitamins and minerals present in your body. It is a very common misconception that sodium directly leads to bloating. Sodium should be controlled not cut out. Especially when you are low on carbs, as it is responsible for muscle fullness and strong muscle contractions. Being low on carbs stops your muscles drawing fluid into the muscles, and you need sodium to help you keep hydrated. Going too long without it eventually leads to dehydration. Sodium does make you hold water, but when you are training for a contest, doing cardio, tanning and posing, you are losing an enormous amount of sodium in your sweat and urine. This should be replaced through dietary sodium or you will experience cramping, weakness and low blood pressure. Sodium is only your enemy about 24-36 hours away from your show.
Smooth tofu, cottage cheese yoghurt and frozen banana make for a delicious proteinous smoothie.
Preparation: 7 minutes
Serves: 1 serving
Energy: 301 calories per serving
– low fat cottage cheese
– low fat yoghurt
– 1 tbsp cinnamon
– ½ medium banana
– ½ cup soy milk
– 1 slice soft silken tofu
1) Put all ingredients into a blender.
What Is It?
A free-form amino acid that is abundant in the body, especially in skeletal muscle, and in most protein-rich foods. The body’s glutamine level is depleted with exercise and dietary stress.
What Does It Do?
When ingested as a free-form amino acid, glutamine supports the immune system stops muscle wasting and increases protein synthesis. It also acts a potent inhibitor of myostatin hyperactivity.
When Should It Be Taken?
30 minutes to 1 hour before and immediately after weight training.
Take 5-10 grams per dose, starting with the lowest dose and working your way up according to individual tolerance.
Fats are a great secondary energy source in addition to carbs. Healthy fats help regulate hormones (increased testosterone levels and increased growth hormone levels) and provide support to the cardiovascular, reproductive, immune and nervous system and decreased levels bodyfat. The key is to eat them in quantities that balance out the other macronutrients. Healthy fats should be obtained from various sources, such as salmon, fish oils, egg-yolks, olive oil and nuts.
The delts are more like the endurance muscles you see with calves or forearms and they can handle more reps. Some athletes who are really gifted can do heavy barbell or dumbbell presses and just grow easily. If you have problems gaining size try giant sets (where you combine 4-5 exercises and complete them consecutively with no rest between). It is really intense and you will feel a killer pump on your shoulders. Do a giant set with dumbbell lateral raises, dumbbell shoulder presses, upright rows and bent-over lateral raises for 10 reps each exercise, or 40 reps to total. If your shoulders are not responding from heavy training, this type of advanced supersetting will really work.