Tips before working out! Part 2Created by:
- Lift in the evening, if your time allows
When subjects worked out after 6 p.m. for 10 weeks, they gained more muscle and lost more bodyfat than others that trained before 10 a.m.
- Relax in a sauna or hot tub every day
When you are in a sauna at 105 degrees F for two weeks, there is a possibility that you will increase muscle mass by 13% compared to those that weren't exposed to the heat.
- Drink four cups of tea during the day
Those who drank 4 cups of black tea each day for six weeks had cortisol levels that were almost half of those who drank a placebo. Since exercise is a stressor that increases your cortisol levels, drinking tea can help keep this catabolic hormone lower after workouts, clearing the path to greater growth.
Cruising through a set of heavy squats may not be as tough as actually finding enough time in your day to get yourself to the gym. If that's the case, you need to take every step possible to make sure you get your money's worth while you're there. Every set - every rep - is an investment in your physique, and you don't have the capital to waste on bad workouts. It's a commitment you've made to yourself, and as the saying goes, anything worth doing is worth doing right.
- Stretch only after training
Stretching right before weightlifting can actually make you weaker during training. Researchers from the University of Texas (Austin) reported that athletes who stretched after their workouts were more flexible than when they stretched beforehand. Plus, it's easier to stretch a muscle that's already warm and pliable.