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Supplement Sanity

Musclebombshell would like to share an article written exclusively for us. Guest writer and Pro Natural Bodybuilder Eric Broser  shares his views and knowledge about supplements  in the world of fitness. Read below for more,

Since I began training back in the late 1980’s the world of sports supplements has changed immensely! Liver tabs, brewer’s yeast, liquid amino acids, Anabolic thMega Paks, and chalk-like protein powders have been replaced by shelves and shelves of the latest pills, powders and potions put out by hundreds of different manufacturers, each looking for the next big seller. Some of these products are actually based on real science…some, theoretical science…some, pseudo science…and others, no science at all (unfortunately). Regardless, consumers spend millions upon millions of dollars every year in hopes of finding a magic bullet toward massive muscle gains, peak performance and faster fat loss. In fact, the subject of supplementation has become so substantial that it is often discussed with more passion, intent and energy than proper training or dietary strategy! For proof, stop by just about any bodybuilding/fitness discussion board on the net and see which forum is the busiest.

As a natural pro bodybuilder and contest prep coach myself (for more than 20 years), I certainly see great value and necessity in supplementation. However, I feel that today, the majority of young bodybuilders, figure, fitness, bikini and physique competitors coming up have lost their way. There is nothing, and I mean NOTHING, you can buy at a GNC or Vitamin Shoppe (or even a pharmacy) that can replace a solid, well-thought-out, meticulous training and diet program!
So, what is my point here? Well, it is twofold. First, before investing any of your hard earned cash on the newest Hardcore Mega Cryogenic Monsterbolic Thermojet Nitro Juice powder, make sure you are eating 5-7 well-designed meals per day, working with an effective and progressive weight training/cardio program, and getting a decent amount of sleep every night. Second, start with the tried-and-true supplements that have been producing results in labs, gyms and on the field for decades, such as multivitamin/minerals, essential fatty acids, BCAA’s, creatine, glutamine, antioxidants, whey protein, caffeine and beta alanine. These things will form the foundation of progress 7 days per week, 365 days per year. Then, once “your base” is solidly and consistently in place, feel free to experiment with some of the newer and more specialized products on the market. Train hard, eat right, rest well, and exercise…a little supplement sanity!

 

ABOUT ERIC BROSER:Eric Broser has been involved in the health and fitness industry as a trainer, strength/contest prep coach, model, author, magazine columnist, consultant to nutritional supplement companies and gym owner for over twenty years.. He is an NGA Natural Professional Bodybuilder (as well as judge and Advisory Board member) and recognized as one of the top drug-free-for-life bodybuilders in the world. Eric has penned over 250 articles on training, supplements, mindset and nutrition, which have appeared in such major publications as Iron Man, Planet Muscle, Natural Muscle, Muscular Development, Muscle Mag International, Human Muscle and Performance, UCW and Muscular Health and Performance Illustrated. He is currently a monthly columnist for Natural Muscle, Iron Man, www.muscleandfitness.com, and Planet Muscle magazines, and has authored four books on the subject of rapid and substantial physique transformation. Eric is the pioneer/developer of the world-renown POWER, REP RANGE, SHOCK and FIBER DAMAGE/FIBER SATURATION training methods, which are being utilized by tens of thousands of bodybuilders and athletes across the globe. The PRRS DVD has been a best seller for well over three years now, while the PRRS and FDFS “E” and Kindle books also continue to lead the pack!
Being featured on the cover of Iron Man in October 2008 fulfilled one of Eric’s lifelong dreams. He has also appeared in the pages of just about every major fitness/bodybuilding magazine as a model, writer or subject of dozens of supplement company advertisements. In May 2010, and again in 2011, he was awarded the honor of being named the “Top Trainer/Author Combination” by Planet Muscle Magazine. Eric has also become one of the most sought after personal trainers and contest/event preparation coaches in the field by athletes, bodybuilders and members of the entertainment industry. He currently work with clients all over the U.S. as well as in countries such as Japan, Australia, France, Dubai, Afghanistan, Jordan, Great Britain, Kuwait, Germany, Ireland, Israel and more.Most recently Eric announced he will be launching his own brand of sports nutrition supplements under the name B-Built, available in the summer of 2013.
Eric Broser
-CEO Broser Built International and www.broserbuilt.com 
-NGA Professional Bodybuilder/Judge/Advisory Board Member
-Iron Man/Planet Muscle/Natural Muscle/www.muscleandfitness.com Columnist931197_166715100155787_452487436_n
-Online Training/Nutritional Consulting/Contest Prep Coaching
-Purchase PRRS/FDFS E-Books www.x-workouts.com
-Purchase PRRS DVD www.prrsdvd.com

 

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CRAMP – What it is and How to Avoid It!


Leg Cramps

We all know the feeling of being doubled -over in the gym holding our calf / thigh / hand as crippling cramp strikes us, but what IS it and why does it happen?

What is cramp?

Cramp is the involuntary spasming of a muscle or muscle group where the muscle refuses to relax.
It is normally accompanied by a painful sensation that can range from a slight spasm to agonising pain. It can last a few seconds to 15 minutes and often recurs in the same muscle repeatedly.

Types of Cramps:

There are 4 distinct cramping types:  “true” cramps, tetany, contractures, and dystonic cramps but it is most likely that fitness models and athletes will be affected by “true” cramps, as these are commonly associated with the vigorous use of muscles and muscle fatigue brought on by excessive use in sports, or through repetitive use i.e. in weight lifting.

Muscle-Leg-Cramps

Such cramps may happen during activity or later, sometimes many hours later and are usually caused by:

  • Dehydration: Sports and other vigorous activities can cause excessive fluid loss from perspiration.
    Any athletes who commonly use diuretics such as “stackers” are likely to suffer from cramping more frequently than those who do not due to the chronic volume depletion of body fluids brought on by these substances.
    Sodium depletion has also been associated with cramps – Sodium is the most abundant chemical constituent of body fluids outside the cell and is usually a function of dehydration.
  • Conditioning / Injury: Persistent cramping may occur as a protective mechanism following an injury or in weaker less conditioned muscles. In this instance, the spasm tends to minimize movement and stabilize the area of injury.
  • Fatigue: Cramp sets in when our muscles are tired
  • Vitamin Depletion – Low blood calcium and / or magnesium: Lower than recommended levels of either calcium or magnesium directly increase the sensitivity and excitability of nerve endings and muscles. This additional stimulation can be a predisposing factor for the cramps, and can often be brough on through excessive sweating as key electrolites are lost from the body.
    It can also be caused by: inadequate calcium absorption due to a definciency of vitamin D, hyperventilation (overbreathing), vomiting, inadequate calcium and/or magnesium in the diet, and other conditions.
    These can be combatted by ensuring that electrolytes are consumed during any periods of nausea or diarrhea, that a sufficient level of sun-light exposure is maintained, and that a good quality vitamin supplement is taken as part of a healthy and balanced diet.
    Low potassium blood levels can also occasionally cause muscle cramps, although it is more common for low potassium although potassium deficiency usually results in weak muscles rather than cramp. Banana’s are an excellent source of potassium and are also an excellent source of energy before a workout.

Treatment?

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The immediate treatment for muscle cramp is to stretch and gently massage the muscle. Use ice packs for severe cases and drink water or a sports drink, or better yet dextrose or maltodextrin – as a lot of the glucose in “sports” drinks will go to the liver as opposed to the muscle.

How can you avoid cramp?

Plenty of fluid and a nutritious diet along with a proper warm-up such as walking on an incline or x-training on a medium resistance for around 10 minutes will ensure that muscles are warm. NEVER STRETCH COLD MUSCLES AS THIS CAN RESULT IN TEARS IN THE MUSCLE.



Article Written by Georgia B. Simmons

Georgia B. Simmons is a Bikini Athlete and Competitor out of the UK. Read here featured interview here.



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