Recovery is a subject often overlooked. You probably didn’t know that adequate sleep is more important to your immune system than any kind of supplementation program. In order to make maximum progress in weight training, you have to master recovery. Recovery is, in a sense, even more important than having a stellar workout because without recovery, your central nervous system may end up in such a fatigued state of over training that no further gains are possible. Over training must be avoided. There is a time for training and a time for detraining and there are concepts of active and passive recovery such as the principles of super-compensation and the dual factor theory. It takes a little common sense and some know-how to apply effective restoration methods. This knowledge is important because when you workout hard with weights you are purposefully damaging your muscle cells with the intent that after an adequate amount of recovery, you will become stronger. Immediate strength gains, however, do not usually yield bigger muscles but are, rather neuromuscular in nature. So take a look at a couple articles here to see if you can learn anything more in order to better recover and grow.
Why a Foam Roller? After reading about foam rollers for Self-Myofascial Release (SRM) and hearing quite a few people recommend them on Facebook, I decided to go out and buy one to try for myself. The need to find better ways to recover from my weight training workouts is becoming more important as I get older. My foam roller is two feet long with a diameter of a little less than six inches. You can get longer ones but I don’t really know why. I guess you might need something longer if you were to do exercises on top of […] Read More →
On the subject of supplementation you might even be one of those savants who can walk into any health food store and argue with the resident bodybuilder employee about whether arginine or leucine is better for protein synthesis. But do you invest in the one recovery aid that does not cost you a dime? Read More →
If only it was so simple to just train hard and then rest workout to workout. Eventually the gains stop with this type of repetitive ritual. And why do they stop? It is because the body adapts to the repetition itself and settles into its own equilibrium. Read More →
You want to get bigger and stronger. The important thing about choosing a training program is finding one that takes into consideration the theory of supercompensation. Read More →
Tissue is not being built up during a workout, it is being broken down. And while it is true that the purpose of a strength training workout is to safely break down tissue as quickly as possible, it is also true that if this is carried too far, you may eventually suffer from overtraining. Read More →
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