Saturday, January 06, 2007

Effects Of NO2 Supplement

Our system uses a free-form gas called Nitric Oxide as a cell communication tool. This naturally produced substance is created by body enzymes breaking down the amino acid Arginine. When L-Arginine amino acid converts into L-citruline the result is Nitric Oxide. Nitric Oxide oversees blood circulation, message transmissions between cells as well as individual pain thresholds, to name a few.
No2 supplement is a powerful extended-release formula of arginine alpha- ketoglutarate and the ingredients in no2 supplement are easily absorbed. This ensures thorough uptake of no2 supplement ingredients and helps to sustain the no2 supplement benefits for longer. No2 supplement is used by many athletes looking to increase endurance and strength, and no2 supplement is associated with body building and muscle toning. Various studies undertaken on the no2 supplement give us an idea of the benefits of mri no2.
Many sources are available on no2 supplement, and its mri no2 effects. The no2 supplement has a formulation proven to increase strength dramatically. No2 supplement is one of a new group of mri no2 muscle enhancers and builders referred to as cell-signaling hemodilators. No2 supplement works through mediation of the signaling-molecule nitric oxide, introducing powerful hemodilation to the system with mri no2. The no2 supplement thus increases strength and endurance. Power output is dramatically increased by no2 supplement and the action of mri no2, as is muscle size and load capacity.
No2 supplement has sustained-release physer3, an advanced technology of no2 supplement, which allows hemodilation to last for hours with no2 supplement, creating a virtually permanent muscle pump. This muscle pump produced by no2 supplement is known as the "perpetual pump". This is a rock-hard pumped-up effect, achieved while training the body and aided by mri no2. With no2 supplement, your skin feels tighter. Unlike the non-mri no2 exercise-induced pump, which usually fades 30 minutes after a workout, the perpetual pump can endure for quite a few hours with mri no2.
The no2 supplement increases blood flow, making no2 supplement valuable to athletes and body builders, as this means that with no2 supplement an increased supply of nutrients reaches the muscles. The muscles then become harder when stressed by training, which is a benefit of mri no2. No2 supplement also reduces inflammation, thereby lessening the pain factor associated with extreme muscle stress, allowing athletes using no2 supplement to train their bodies harder and for a longer period before tiring.
No2 supplement reportedly aids with muscular healing after intense workouts. No2 supplement naturally boosts system performance, without steroids. Studies on the effects of no2 supplement on the human body show that no2 supplement sustains levels of nitric oxide in the muscles for a longer period. No2 supplement is capable of delivering its muscle-enhancing benefits continuously, providing mri no2. results. Benefits of no2 supplement include increasing muscle growth signals, which allow for a faster gain in lean mass.
With the aid of no2 supplement, athletes can maintain and enhance their already trained muscles. No2 supplement regulates the body's natural set point for lean mass and No2 supplement increases the fat burning capacity of the body. The muscle fibre increases of no2 supplement make muscle look and feel rock hard. The main task of no2 supplement is to ensure that the muscle is functioning properly and at its peak, achieved by mri no2.

Thursday, December 28, 2006

#1 Avoid Building Muscle The Wrong Way!

How would you feel if you discovered that almost everything you were doing with building muscle was dead wrong? Imagine all the time, money and effort you have spent in the gym was contributing to building muscle - the wrong way! Everything you have read on building muscle has left you with little to show for your hard earned efforts...

Building Muscle The Wrong Way #1

- Skipping Out On Your Cardio Before you disagree take note that I was once a long distance triathlon and running champion so my cardiovascular standards and perceptions of 'fit' are much higher than your local trainers or expert bodybuilding author. It drives me crazy when I hear fitness experts preaching that weight training is just as good for keeping your heart and lungs in prime condition. Who are they kidding? Weight training, designed for bodybuilding, is almost useless for stimulating your cardiovascular system. Bodybuilding style weight training for your cardio is just about as good as spending the day playing video games. Sure, I know your leg training workouts and super sets make you feel like you sprinted up the street for 100 m but this is far cry from a optimal cardio system. Do not buy into the latest fad that cardio will kill any chance of building muscle. Cardio must be in your program even if your goal is maximal muscle gain and you are the skinniest of skinny. Aerobics plays a vital role in building muscle and has been shown to speed up recovery from weight training by transporting oxygen and blood flow to the muscles. The circulatory system is developed because more oxygen is pushed through your blood resulting in a greater number and size of blood vessels. Since there is a greater cardiovascular density of blood vessels, your circulatory system has more 'supply routes' to shuttle oxygen and nutrients to the body tissues, including muscles, and shuttle away waste products that can slow muscle growth, repair and recovery. In the end, this means you will create a more optimal environment for building muscle!

Tuesday, December 26, 2006

Are You Frequenting the Gym Too Much?

Many studies at universities, conducted around the world have shown clearly that recuperation from strength training requires far more rest time than previously thought.
The latest studies have indicated that high intensity strength trained muscles need more time than previously thought to recover and become stronger some studies show that muscles are still overcompensating and getting stronger for up to 21 days after the previous workout.
Researchers have found that fitness enthusiasts can reduce the time they spend working out by two-thirds and still achieve the same results. A study involving male weightlifters has suggested it is counter-productive to spend hours exercising.
Those who exercised less saw significant decrease in body fat. The study focused on 16 students aged 19 to 23, who already worked out regularly. They were split into two groups. Both carried out upper-body training three times a week for eight weeks. One group did one set of eight repetition: the other did three sets of the same exercise.
At the end of the study both groups had improved "significantly" in terms of muscular strength, said researchers from the health and exercise science unit at the University of Glamorgan in Pontypridd, Wales.
Report author Dr Julien Baker said "This study indicates that it is counter-productive to spend hours at the gym, and that a shorter work-out can achieve exactly the same results.
Muscles take between 4-7 days to fully recover from a workout and another 2-3 days for over-compensation to take place. It can also take up to 7-14 days for the neuro muscular system to fully recover from a high intensity strength training session.
I've observed in 20 years working in gyms, the same people continuing to train week in and week out, three to four and even more times a week even though they haven't made progress in months or even years of training.
I have found through experience that any strength training program that has you in the gym three or more times a week will have you plateau within four to five weeks and nothing you do will shift you from this plateau short of cutting back on training which will re-start the gaining processes again.
The only exception to this rule is the beginner whose strength will increase through neurological adaptations for up to three months after starting strength training.
Also perfect technique must be maintained and followed to maximize the training stimulus on the muscle and to minimize the risk of injury during this period. Studies have also concluded that split strength training programs have been shown to be no more beneficial than full body training programs.
The training frequency that you, and everybody else, should use is variable, not fixed.
I repeat not fixed, when you strength train, as a way to develop more muscle the intensity of your workouts has to progress upward. If they remain at the same intensity there is no reason for new muscle to grow.
If you want to train effectively you have to understand the relationship between the increasing intensity of your workouts and the decreasing frequency of those workouts.
The two main components of strength training are the intensity of the exercise and the recovery after the exercise. Infrequent, short, high intensity weight training sessions, followed by the required amount of time to recover and become stronger is what is needed to increase functional muscle size.
Your rest days are just as important as your training days. By giving your muscles more time to recover between strength training sessions you will be on the road to major gains in strength, muscle size and fat loss.
So there you have it, it's not the training volume but the intensity and recuperation that's important when it comes to Gains in Strength and Muscle."

Saturday, December 16, 2006

Home Gyms Rule!

If you have read past the title of this article you either agree with it or are strongly opposed, but curious. As you can probably tell, I am biased toward home gyms. In my case, a home gym really means a garage gym, but the idea is the same (home gym, basement gym, garage gym, patio gym, etc.). I can walk out my door and hit the iron in a matter of seconds. My personal gym setup might be an exception, as it is quite well equipped. Irrespective, I make the same assertion for almost any home gym – that is, home gyms rule!I would not take such a strong stand for home gyms without having some experience with other gym alternatives. Perhaps it might be best to provide a little personal background. I’m approaching 50 yrs old and have over 35 years of bodybuilding and powerlifting experience.

I competed as a teen and into my twenties.My start with weight training was perhaps not unlike yours. I received a plastic covered 110 lb. (with concrete inside) weight set as a Christmas gift. A year later, I also received a bench. I followed the exercises as prescribed in the accompanying manual and acquired a set of Weider courses by mail. I also read a number of bodybuilding magazines and dreamed of the day when I might achieve a physique as exhibited in those pages.I had a very high metabolism and limited access to appropriate supplementation and diet. As a result, my mass and size gains proceeded slowly. Despite this sluggish progress I enjoyed every workout. After I married, we lived in an apartment for a number of years and as a matter of convenience I joined my first commercial gym. Over the years I patronized many different gyms.

I had some fantastic commercial gym workouts, good gains in size and strength, and I found some great workout partners. I also had some less than desirable experiences.The most annoying things from my commercial gym experience included:

  • Travel time to and from the gym

  • Sanitation (someone else’s sweat left on the benches)

  • Having to wait for equipment

  • Searching high and low to find a matching pair of dumbbells (they were rarely re-racked)

  • Horrible workout music

Ok, so the list is possibly unfair. Your gym might not be quite like this and I’m not saying that this was my experience with every workout or at every gym. However, it was frequent enough as to be quite irritating. I’d be quite surprised if you have not had at least one similar experience at your gym.To provide the alternative view, I must admit there are also a number of positive aspects to a commercial gym:
Availability of spotters and safety (of critical importance)
A broad selection of equipment
Motivation that naturally occurs from being around other lifters
The “scenery” (if you get my drift…)Note that the last item can be both a plus and a minus. I enjoyed watching the ladies, but it can be somewhat distracting when trying to focus on your workout. In the end, my negative commercial gym experiences far outweighed the positives, and I returned to my roots – working out at home.

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When I first returned to home gym training I realized that if I intended to continue down the path of competition I would need to look beyond a simple 110 lb. weight set. I knew that there was a minimum amount of equipment which would allow me to achieve my training goals and not “break the bank”. Below is listed what I consider to be the minimum equipment for those who want to workout at home:
300 lb. Olympic weight set
Bench (adjustable – flat and incline)
A set of dumbbells (if cost is a factor, adjustable handles with extra plates work great)
A power rack is also strongly recommendedThis basic equipment will allow you to work every body part with quite a lot of variation as to exercise and range of motion. Note that safety is critical and I strongly recommend a power rack. When properly configured and put to use, a rack can result in a high degree of safety for those who workout alone. Personally, I do not use a power rack in my home gym as I am lucky enough to have a full-time spotter for questionable lifts. Something less tangible and not reflected by my recommended list of equipment, but equally important is “motivation”. Just because you have the convenience of a home gym, do not ignore motivation. With a home gym, it can be just as easy to decide to watch television rather than working out. If you have or will setup a home gym, remember to keep it interesting and fun to use.If you have followed the link to my home gym site and viewed the gallery of gym pics, you’ll see that my gym (the “AZ Iron Mine”) is equipped a bit beyond that of the list above. In my case, equipping my garage gym has become almost as big a part of the workout lifestyle as lifting. I enjoy every workout as if it was my first, and I enjoy every exercise that my gym can provide. So, in that vein here are my “ultimate” or “dream” home gym add-ons:
Significant number of additional Olympic plates (of various weight, and plenty of plate racks)

Lat pull down machine (also for triceps press downs, seated cable rows)
Preacher curl bench
Leg Press
Calf raise
Pec Deck
T-Bar, Lat Row
Ab crunch machine
Pull-up, Dip stand
Roman Chair, Hyperextension
Dumbbells from 5 lbs. to 120 lbs. (in 5 lb. increments)

I still have a few items to acquire in order to reach my idea of the ultimate home gym, and getting there is half the fun. If you’ve followed along and find this article interesting, watch for the next installment: “Where to Find and How to By Home Gym Equipment”.Until then, thanks for listening and keep on lifting !

Written by Jim Bean