* Do your goals have 4 powerful workouts stacked a week? *
* Are you trying to gain lean muscle mass and shed fat without the “OW!!” factor? *
* Is the muscle soreness you’re experiencing more like “disabling fatigue”? *
Exogenous ketones are here to RESCUE you!
The British Journal of Nutrition published in 2012 an article from a myriad of highly qualified researchers addressing the use of B-Hydroxy-B-methylbutyrate (an exogenous ketone) to reduce markers of exercise-induced muscle damage and improve recovery in resistance-trained men.1 At 2 weeks before and throughout the study, subjects were placed on a diet (25 % protein, 50 % carbohydrates and 25 % fat) which was designed by a registered dietitian who specialised in sport nutrition. All subjects received 3g/day of either the HMB-FA supplement or placebo. Subjects received 1g of their given substance 30 minutes prior to the training session and 1g prior to both lunch and dinner meals. On non-training days, 1g of substance was consumed with three separate meals throughout the day.
Creatine kinase was a very specific blood test performed during this study because “a high CK, or a rise in levels in subsequent samples, generally indicates that there has been some recent muscle damage but will not indicate its location or cause. Serial test results that peak and then begin to drop indicate that new muscle damage has diminished, while increasing and persistent elevations suggest continued damage.”2 Before the exercise session, serum CK levels were nearly the same in placebo- and HMB-FA-supplemented subjects (141 and 158, respectively). As a result of the exercise session, serum CK in the placebo group increased to 604 after 48 hours, while the HMB-FA-supplemented group increased to ONLY 322 (almost half)!
Perceived recovery status also improved for those in the HMB-FA supplemented group, demonstrating quicker recovering and a better opportunity for better performance in subsequent training sessions.
Creatine kinase level and perceived recovery status were two variables that showed substantial improvements for the HMB-FA supplemented group as compared to the placebo group.
This is astounding to read. If your goals include a rigorous training schedule, all of the evidence points to the utilization of exogenous ketone supplementation. To get your hands on exogenous ketones, complete the Contact Form at on the Homepage here!
Isometric training is highly encouraged by many professionals, as it provides a safer environment for your joints as far as preventing injury and really tuning into how certain areas of the body are feeling during the given exercise. I imagine you have all heard of the exercise called “the plank”! The entire world turned it into a trend called “planking” and a Beijing, China police officer held a plank for 8 hours, 1 minute and 1 second earlier this month. The plank is an isometric exercise requiring the use of almost every muscle in the human body.
Isometric exercises keep the muscles at the same (iso-) length (-metric) as it is performed. “Isometrics of submaximal intensity find application in injury rehab. Injuries to bones or ligaments or some other structure of the joint can benefit from strengthening the musculature around the joint.”(1) By performing isometric exercises, your body will gain strength in the most important areas of the muscle that will attribute to greater success in other disciplines, including bodybuilding, dance, cycling, martial arts, gymnastics, running and many, many others!
Holding an isometric contraction or even a slowly performed exercise (such as a 4 count chest press) will recruit more blood and oxygen to the area(s) of the body being utilized. A plank gets the entire body warm, whereas a push-up hold may burn the triceps and a squat hold or wall sit may burn your butt! Most of my clients have experienced the overflowing joy that runneth over when holding a wall sit then going straight into burpees or jump squats. Using this format for your exercise routines will provide the most benefit in the shortest amount of time. Now if you are training for an endurance event, isometrics will help in preventing injury during prolonged use! So it’s great for everybody!
I found myself working out WAY too hard and tearing my body up to where it just hurt all the time. It didn’t hurt from muscle soreness, but from muscle damage that was never getting the reparation time it needed. So I pulled back and focused on yoga to tune back into my body. As you embark on your health and fitness journey, take the time to listen to your body and see if it needs your special attention in any area and perform some isometric exercises and stretches for some TLC. I always have at least one day a week that I pull back for yoga amidst my kick-butt training for my figure competition in October.
Below you will find the awesome article I cited about the importance of isometric exercises, the video marking the Guinness World Record holder in China, as well as my link to learn about exogenous ketones help with the free radicals that take over the body with excessive metabolic damage. All of these resources will help you learn what YOUR body needs and tailor it to YOUR needs. If you need anything, please holler! (Use a megaphone if you need to!)