Be More Efficient in the Gym With Supplements

While we typically focus on efficiency in terms of energy consumption on Stopesso, I wanted to look at efficiency in terms of strength training and personal physical development.

Many people spend many hours in the gym with no real results. If you’re going to be putting in a lot of time, effort, resources (food), etc., then you want to make sure you are getting results. Even if you get some results, you can always do better.

The best way to up the effectiveness of your workouts is with supplements.

Two Kinds: Pre and Post Workout Supplements

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These two types of supplements are very different from each other. A pre-workout supplement is designed to give you intense levels of focus and energy right before a workout. It can help you blast through plateaus and work harder. They typically contain a variety of stimulants, caffeine and arginine are both popular. Before you start chugging supplements before a workout, know that they should be used sparingly, when you really need the energy badly. Ingesting too many stimulants could lead to health problems over time, but if you limit your intake you should be fine. Focus on high quality supplements by choosing from the best pre-workouts on the market; there are many low quality products with sketchy ingredients.

On the other hand you have post-workouts, which do not usually contain stimulants. Instead they have ingredients that focus on helping you repair and build muscle tissue as fast as possible. This includes other supplements like creatine, but also a lot of protein (specifically BCAAs) and a suitable amount of carbohydrates. I have found a list of the best post-workout products to help you buy wisely.

Other Creative Ways to Improve the Environment

I received a bunch of emails after my last post on improving sustainability by using protein powder, and a bunch of other suggestions like it that I would like to share with the rest of you now:

I’m sure we could come up with even more, I’d appreciate it if you would email me any other ideas you have!

Is Meat Sustainable?

There is almost 9 billion people on this planet, and when you look at people who eat meat they consume roughly 20 pounds a month each!  This would require 216 billion pounds of meat a year, or the slaughter of over 1 billion animals.  This is insane and is not sustainable for the future.  Not only this, but this also wreaks havoc on the environment.  Think of all the energy that is put into these giant slaughter factories and pumping these animals full of food.

The Savior: Protein Powder

What if I told you there was a way that everyone could easily meet their protein needs and we wouldn’t have to slaughter any animals at all? The meat industry sure don’t want you to know this, and they do their best to make sure their products are the only ones being promoted.

An alternative exists in the form of protein powder, which is just concentrated protein that can be derived from soy.  If you are looking to decrease your meat consumption and save the environment like I have started to, go and look up the best protein powder and order some protein.  The next step is to incorporate it into your diet, which can be done with shakes or by looking up food recipes that use protein powder.

Off Topic For A Second – My Hip Flexor Woes

As some of you may know, I have been struggling with Iliopsoas syndrome for the past while.  Just to inform everyone about what I’m dealing with this post will briefly cover what the injury means for me.

Iliopsoas Syndrome can be a misleading name for a Hip Flexor injury to some people. While it sounds unrelated, it is actually a specific type of Hip Flexor tendonitis that affects the Iliopsoas muscle. This is the most common location for tendonitis to occur because of the size and function of the Iliopsoas in the Hip Flexor. If you’re interested in learning more about injuries click here.

Hip Flexor Injury Anatomy – Iliopsoas

The Iliopsoas is the large muscle that is located just above your pelvic ridge in your hip region and is responsible for supplying most of the force required for hip flexion. Attached to this muscle is a tendon, called the Iliopsoas tendon. It is this tendon in particular that is at risk of inflammation during repetitive activities and causes the syndrome to occur. The inflamed tendon can be very painful as it touches other body parts and will get worse if training continues on it. When you get this specific type of Hip Flexor injury you must make sure to be careful to try and let it heal before you return to training.

Alternative Health Solutions

You may not know it, but I am a huge advocate of therapeutic massage.  The reason being is that there is a lot of waste in traditional medical practices.  While I see the need for everything to be super sterile and for new equipment to be used on every patient this creates an insane amount of waste.  Alternatively if you learned more about therapeutic massage you may be more inclined to use it when appropriate.  **You should consult your physician first before seeking treatment, and only use alternative methods if he/she allows it.

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Therapeutic massage can treat most types of common injuries that you get in everyday life or from playing sports.  The best thing about therapeutic massage is that it doesn’t require more than a bit of oil.  In many cases massage can be even more effective than anything a doctor can prescribe for most injuries, especially if combined with a solid rehab program.

While it may not seem like a huge deal, next time you get hurt think about getting therapeutic massage instead of going through traditional treatment.