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Nutrient Timing

Nutrient timing is an important factor to enhance athletic performance and recovery from exercise and to increase muscle mass, strength and body composition.

Pre workout- to release energy to drive muscle contraction during training.

Postworkout- (Anabolic phase) 0-45 minute window following a workout, with the right combination of nutrients initiates repair of damaged muscle tissue and replenishment of muscle glycogen.

 

Growth & recovery – from the end of the anabolic phase to the start of the next workout .

 

Aim for 20-30g protein pre / postworkout + 30-80g fast acting carbohydrate pre/ post workout.

Metabolism

Loss of muscle is one of the reasons yo yo dieters can not seem to lose weight. They lose and gain over and over again.

The they encounter is loss of muscle, muscle is metabolically active and burns 70x as many cals as fat cells.

You must increase muscle to lose fat.

Latest client transformation

 

 

 

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Hi Mike,
My 6 Weeks are up and I’m glad to say best decision I’ve ever made coming to you. I’ve lost 12kg and feeling a lot better, mentally and physically.

 

08/09/14
Weight – 95kg / 209lbs
Height – 6ft / 182cm
B.M.I – 28.7

 

 

 
18/10/14
Weight – 83kg / 182lbs
Height – 6ft / 182cm
B.M.I – 25.1

 

 

 

 

 

Im amazed at the results and it all because of you. I know there is still a way to go but this is the first step.

 

Fat Loss

Fat Loss

One topic I get quizzed on the most is fat loss. One thing that strikes me is the number of people wanting a quick fix from a magic pill / shake or the latest celebrity diet.

Achieving prolonged sustainable fat loss requires changes to nutritional and exercise habits on a daily basis.

There is no magic pill or shake that will provide healthy sustainable fat loss long term despite what these products claim.

If these pills / shakes did what they claimed to do everyone would be walking around looking amazing.

If you are serious about dropping body fat and getting lean, you have to accept it is a tough process and it takes time and consistency to get results.

Don’t try look for a quick fix and put your health at risk causing you long term metabolic damage making it near impossible to lose bodyfat and change the way you look.

Evaluate your training goals and don’t cut any corners. Stay consistent.

Training Mistakes

One mistake people make when trying to build muscle is following a traditional bodybuilding program training each muscle once a week.

To accelerate growth in non assisted people you must train frequently enough with the correct level of volume. Research suggests 50-100 reps per muscle group per week is optimal

How you reach them reps is important. If you do all them reps in one workout you will make very slow gains than if your broke them up into two sessions.

Doing this will allow you to hit each muscle more frequently which produces better results

Contact me if you need a program putting together for maximum muscle growth.

Diet and the fitness industry

 

Some of my thoughts on the fitness industry   One unfortunate truth of the fitness industry is the fact it is filled with a ridiculous amount of conflicting advice and information.   alot of the crap you read comes from average clueless people who think they no more than they actually do.   whether its bad advice that shows up on a daily basis or the never ending false claims and deception of the fitness industry (supplements,books etc) Becoming certified as a personal trainer is as easy as getting a driving licence these days. The big problem is people get poor advice and do things wrong and get terrible results.

 

Here is a list of potential things people do wrong in their quest for more muscle or less fat.

  • To much or to little volume
  • incorrect intensity
  • lifting to heavy or to light
  • wrong rep ranges
  • Incorrect training frequency
  • incorrect training split
  • poor exercise selection
  • following silly myths / fads or faulty research
  • using advanced methods
  • overtraining
  • pointless toning / shaping workouts that women like to follow (no offence)
  • lack of focus on the important stuff like progression

 

Why women struggle to lose bingo wings

Why women struggle to lose bingo wings?

Having BINGO wings has nothing to do with more tone

Bingo wings is a combination of loose skin and fat. To shift them you need to burn the body fat off the back of your arms. But at the same time build the muse up in your arms to give them shape

Here is a list of things to avoid when trying to lose body fat

1. Choosing exercise classes and cardio over weight training

2. Following stupid diets like juice plus etc and eating stupidly low calories

3. Drinking to much alcohol

4. Low protein intake

5. Not drinking enough water

6. Eating to many carbs over protein, veggies and essential fats
If you choose to do the complete opposite I guarantee you will shift body fat for good!

Consistency

The single most important factor to making progress is consistency. it takes years to build quality mescle tissue. Be patient, learn as much as you can and dont be afraid to try new approaches as there are plenty of effective ways ro build muscle. Use perfect form when training alwsys warm up you should never risk injury by pushing more weight than you can handle.

 

train hard but train smart!!!

 

 

Do Detox diets work?

You don’t need drink juice 5 times a day Starve yourself or take any detox pills.

Here is a simple ‘detox diet’ that is effective and doesnt put your health at risk.

Drink more water

Eat more organic plant foods

Exercise

Increase fiber intake eating more plant based foods

Eat only free range or irganic meats

Don’t smoke

Don’t drink alcohol

Avoid processed foods

Thats all you need to do! You are now detoxing.

Bigger Triceps

Tricep tips

Putting it simply tricep pulldowns will not do much in terms of muscle growth! I see a lot of guys doing fancy stuff such as laying extensions, ropepulldowns, standing, overhead, far bar etc. This will not build bigger triceps!!

It will give you a good ‘pump’ and take a great photo but it will not lead to great gains in size.

I mainly have my clients doing 1 if not any isolation work on triceps.

So these are the exercises that will lead to greater gains in size and strength to your triceps

Close grip presses

Dips

Floor presses

Dead stop skull crushers (fav iso exercise)

Close grip push ups

My advice would be pick 1 or 2 of these exercises on upper or push days and perform to sets one set of 8-10 and one set of 8-12

Progress the weight each week!!!