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Trying Build Muscle
Protein: I'm sure you know to add protein with lean meats and fish. However here are a couple tricks that work. Boil eggs, a dozen a time and keep them in the fridge as snacks. Peanuts are an easy, high protein snack too. Protein shakes (whey is best) work great, but just mix the powder with water, don't get to fancy. If is a chore to make it, you wont. Happy lifting! **. ...Read more
It is a body tissue that has the ability to contract. It shortens and generates force. It relaxes and returns to its original length. Muscles move joints, stabilize the body, move air and food through the organs, act as valves for bladder, bowel and other organs. They control movement of the eyes. They help us express ourselves by changing the shape of our ...Read more
Healthy diet: When you're trying to muscle up, try to eat one gram of protein (preferably lean) for each pound you weigh, or 2.2 grams for each kg. A snack of maybe 20 grams of protein after a workout is helpful. Avoid greasy, sugary and salty foods as much as is convenient. Creatine isn't a nutrient but will help you gain mass. I am very glad you're undertaking fitness activities -- make it a lifetime habit. ...Read more
Possibly: This " wonder pill" appears to be an overhyped merchandizing ploy based on congigated lioleic acid. It is derived from dairy sources and can be had for a fraction of the c9t11 cost at nutrition stores under that name. No magic plant and ano magic results. It is unlikely to hurt anything but your wallet. Balanced nutrition and rest can support your efforts. ...Read more
I am trying to build muscle. Age-38. Can I take 2 g creatine per day wth no side effects? Is this dosage totally safe?
No harm No help:
Exercise plus a diet high in protein are the mainstays of increasing/maintaining healthy muscle bulk. Nutritional supplements (as sold in Health Food stores have NOT been shown to be useful with ANY scientifically based medical studies that I am aware of
Hope this helps
PS the dosage is safe but you are spending $$$ for nothing! ...Read more
If trying to build muscle is it better to play basketball then lift weights or lift weights then play basketball?
See below: These activities are examples of different types of exercise. Weights will build strength and muscle bulk. Basketball will improve your overall aerobic fitness level and help with your endurance for sustained activity. Both are excellent and I would recommend you both to be fit. However, for building mucscle bulk, weight training is preferred. ...Read more
I'm 21, male, athletic build, 6' 175 lbs. I'm trying to build muscle and workout 3-4 days a week. How many grams of protein should I have per day?
2 grams per pound: Most trainers recommend about 2 grams of protein for each pound of body weight. You shouldn't take more than 40 to 50 grams at a sitting, since that's about the limit go absorption. Also take with some good fats. This will allow for better absorption of the protein. And plenty of fluids to avoid constipation. ...Read more
I'm working out trying to build muscle. I can't digest protein powder/ mass gainer. Do I have to eat a whole lot of meat? How much?
Lift weights: The best way to build muscle is to do weight training. Go to your local y or gym and see a personal trainer who can give you a program designed for your particular needs. If you stick with the exercise plan you should build muscle mass. Eating more protein or taking supplements won't help. ...Read more
I'm trying to build muscle and tried all types of protein and mass gainer products but I can't find anything that agrees w/ my stomach. Any advice?
Muscles: Stop wasting your money and abusing your stomach with all the garbage. Muscle develop with diligent exercise. Good luck! ...Read more
Depends: Cardio exercise should be used for fitness of your heart. This can be accomplished in 30 minutes of vigorous activity a day. To be lean, you will benefit from stretching, strengthening and conditioning/training above your caloric intake. If your total fitness routine is greater than one hour, you may need specialized diet and supplements to avoid muscle damage/overuse. ...Read more
Improper form: When doing ab exercises you must contract (hold in) your stomach very tight. Otherwise, you are building muscle outword. Also, you have to diet and do lots of cardio to eliminate belly fat or the increased size of your abdominal muscles will push the fat outwards. Also, you have to vary the exercises you do as your body quickly adapts. Diet is also very important. Avoid carbs, protein is your friend. ...Read more
Exercise the muscle: Muscle will respond with enlargement when exercised properly. You didn't say above or below the knee, but try squats, walking against resistance, and movement with resistance. Don't forget to stretch. ...Read more
Would start cardio:
If weight loss is primarily desired, then starting a regular scheduled cardio type program would be recommended first. Would work up to 45 minutes 5-6 days per week.- don't start out with this- will burn you out :o)
there is nothing wrong with incorporating a weightlifting regimen at the same time- more muscle = more fat burning. ...Read more
Increase muscle work: You can build muscle by lifting heavy objects or weights. Try to do at least 8-10 reps odf the repetive lifting. This muscle work will cause microtears that will build muscle. Supplement your muscle work with essential Amino Acids to build strong muscle. ...Read more
Yes!: First get clearance from your family physician or geriatrician, then start exercising. There's no day like today to start! You don't need to go to the gym or buy any fancy equipment. Just try a few push ups, squats and a short walk to start. You can also curl & press cans of food and graduate up to gallons of water. Don't forget proper nutrition w/plenty of lean protein, fiber & healthy fats. ...Read more
Resistance: Muscle will naturally bulk if you work it daily to its maximum capacity (3x/week, three sets of ten reps of your maximum). Some men build muscle much more readily than others, but whatever's natural foryou will look great. Losing bodyfat dieting and doing cardio will show off the muscles you have ("ripped"); most women prefer a lean man with good but not enormous muscles. ...Read more