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Gaining Muscle Mass
By: John Gibb

This article will discuss how to gain weight naturally muscle building. Gaining weight naturally is about muscle building and using a mass building diet daily. The question of how to gain weight is a common one, however the answer lies in your diet. Below we will give an example of a mass building diet for one day of the week.

You can look at the example and use something similar for the rest of the week.

The best approach is to give yourself a day off each week where you can eat whatever you like. Ice cream, burgers, all your favorite foods. This way you have a breaking up point each week where you can look forward to eating anything.

How to gain weight naturally muscle building - the example below is for one day of the week, we will use the supplement Myoplex as an example of a protein drink you could use to help you.

Breakfast - Oat meal with Myoplex supplement.

Early snack - Chicken sandwich.

Lunch - Pasta, sweet corn and tuna.

Afternoon snack - Myoplex and portion of mixed fruit.

Dinner - Jacket potato with pork chops and salad.

Before bed - Myoplex supplement

This is an example for just one day of the week on how to gain weight naturally muscle building. Whichever days you decide to train, make sure you feed your self with protein straight after a workout. You could use this for 6 days then take one day off to eat anything whenever you choose. Balance the diet, so use different foods each day, make sure you are always feeding your self with calories and make them good quality high in protein. The key to gaining weight is making sure you eat every 2 - 3 hours, do not go longer than this, and keep eating those calories!

About The Author

John Gibb is the webmaster of several review and guide websites. Http://www.weight-lifting-4u.com is his latest addition.

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The Power of Stretching    - Dave Snape

 

Your muscles ache from a good stretch. This is quite
normal and is part of the process. Stretching has
seemingly been with us and particularly with athletes
since the beginning of time.

A very key point to good stretching is to hold the
stretch for at least seventeen seconds. This is a
pearl of wisdom gleaned from a ballet teacher a few
years back. She said that any stretch under 17
seconds was just not effective.

The 17 second rule is exceeded in the high intensity
Bikram's yoga where stretches are held for about 30
seconds. Don't forget the high level of heat that is
used in Bikram's to extract that last little bit of
stretch out of your muscles. An interesting twist that
is not necessary to gain benefits from stretching. But,
it can't hurt, right?

So what kind of benefits can you expect from
stretching? That's an easy one. Have you ever seen the
movie, Blood Sport? Did you know that Frank Dux could
truly stretch his body to the extreme. The actor that
played him was quite elastic as well.


Great elasticity is also something you might see in
well trained Spetsnaz (Russian) agents. They often work
out with Russian kettlebells too. They are for superior
strength gains and the ability to withstand ballistic
shocks.

Why are stretching and flexibility considered important
to these people? Stretching gives one the ability to
have explosive power available at one's fingertips
without the need to warm up. Of course most of us are
not martial artists or agents. But, you'll be happy to
know there are plenty of other benefits.

Let me give you an example. After learning to sit in
the full lotus position for long periods of time, my
ankles became very flexible. One day I was walking
along and my left foot fell into a pothole. This mishap
pushed my ankle sideways to about 90 degrees from it's
normal position.

Amazingly, this didn't even hurt, not one bit. If my
ankle hadn't been so flexible, I may have suffered a
sprained ankle. At the very least, it would have hurt
for days.

Key point: stretching helps you to avoid injuries.
Not only that but if you do have a muscle, tendon or
ligament injury it should heal faster, theoretically
speaking.

Stretching actually grows the ligaments, tendons and
muscles being stretched. They really grow longer over
time.

Check with your physician before undertaking any type
of exercise, including stretching.

Here is some good instructional material on stretching:
http://tinyurl.com/6c6kq
 

Dave Snape

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