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Muscle recovery is important to making progress!

Muscle recovery is important to making progress!

If you stumbled across here without having a look at part 1 of Improve Your Athletic Recovery, make sure to go back and do so.

If you are acquainted with the previous 3 tips for muscle recovery, then let’s move onto the remaining 3…

4. Sleep

Probably the most important aspect not just for muscle recovery, but for overall health and well-being as well. Gone Liftin’ has a pretty good article on the effects of sleep, which you can find here. But anyhow, we feel the urge to reiterate – GET YOUR FUCKING SLEEP!!!

This is THE MOST important aspect to recovery. If you don’t sleep well and enough you wont recover, period. There is no substitution for sleep, absolutely nothing! The most important aspect of sleep is hormonal regulation and the bodies secretion pf vital chemicals such as cortisol, melatonin, serotonin, dopamine, testosterone and growth hormone, to name just a few. The problem with not getting enough sleep and putting your body under stress with high intensity strength training and other training styles is that you can chronically start producing more cortisol than any other hormone, leading to lack of recovery.

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Learn the best tips and tricks to increase your recovery time and always feel refreshed!

Learn the best tips and tricks to increase your recovery time and always feel refreshed!

When we workout, we get sore. Why do we get sore? Because you are ripping your muscle fibers apart, and just as important as it is to work hard day in and day out, recovery and the time you are not in the gym or on the field is even more important!

The premise is simple – the more frequency and volume you have in your workouts, the more you have to compensate with food and rest. You can’t go to your limits everyday and expect to sustain that kind of intensity without proper recovery and relaxation. It’s not rocket science…

We came across an interesting article from titled 6 Easy Tricks To Improve Athletic Recovery. The article is basic yet genius in its entirety. It simply and easily lists some good ass tips for improving your muscle recovery so you can keep making those gains, instead of wasting your valuable gym time by not recovering properly. Continue Reading…

Proper sleep is of the utmost importance for rest and recovery, as well as proper balancing of hormones.

Proper sleep is of the utmost importance for rest and recovery, as well as proper balancing of hormones.

How much sleep do humans need? Well, while there is no one real answer to this question, the general accepted answer is about 7-8 hours. Some may require more, some may require less.

Sleep has been a clinically researched topic for many, many years. All the researchers came to a unanimous decision – SLEEP IS IMPORTANT! has a very fantastic article on the science of sleep. It goes very in depth and details different facets that anyone and everyone should know when it comes to catching some ZZZ’s.

There are few topics as well accepted as “sleep” – every week someone influential will tweet “get your sleep! It’s as important as diet/exercise.” This isn’t an article disputing that instead it is an investigative look at what the actual research says. We are going to take a gander at the research conducted on sleep deprivation, and make evidence-based conclusions on how sleep affects you and your performance.

Lack of Sleep Leads to Poor Mood and Poor Workouts

Our article isn’t meant to go in depth of the science behind the hormones mentioned above (that is an article for another time), but rather make you understand just how much sleep is important. Sleep is just as important as your workout routine and as your diet, if not more important!

Bottom line is this – if you don’t sleep, your machine won’t be operating to its fullest intensity. And lack of intensity yields poor workouts, and poor mood in general.

Sleep and Hormones

Sleep affects basically all the systems of your body, Continue Reading…