Today we’re looking at the ever-popular creatine monohydrate. The supplement that has been on the shelves of supplement stores for ages and continues to be a best seller.
What is it?
Creatine is a natural substance found in most meat products: beef, pork, etc.
The body stores it as phosphocreatine in the muscles. When your body needs energy, it calls upon these reserves first. The phosphocreatine is crucial when it comes to regenerating spent ATP, which is the primary source of energy for your body’s cells.
How to Use Creatine
You can get it in either powder or pill form. The powder can simply be mixed with juice or water, and is typically tasteless for the most part. Just about every product will have information on the label regarding how much to take each day. Just follow the instructions and there is essentially zero risk of any adverse results.
What’s the Best Creatine?
Just like any supplement, there are good and bad products being sold. While creatine is better than most, because it is a simple supplement, there are still some you need to look out for. Stick to one of the top creatine monohydrate products on the market, like Optimum Nutrition, that have a pure product and great reputation.
Creatine supplementation can benefit just about any athlete. The only side effect is that you will gain a bit of water weight, but this will come off if you ever stop using it. The benefit of being able to train harder and build muscle faster is too much to pass up for any strength athlete.
“OW my hip flexor!”
Have you ever said that?
Chances are that one time or another you’ve hurt your hip flexor in some way. Your hips are used for just about everything and they’re bound to be injured at some point.
The next time you get hurt, I want you to follow the following procedure I found on healthybody.me:
1- Elevate your legs
2-Ice your hip flexor
3- Take an advil if you have one
5-See a doctor the next day
6-Once pain subsides you can start doing gentle exercise
When you take it in a slow progression and be patient, you will find that your hip flexors are pretty quick to heal. Just don’t go rushing back to running or you’ll hurt it even worse.
I’m always looking to pass on knowledge gained from my work, and recently I have been looking into pre workout supplements. These are the supplements you usually see the huge guys in the gym taking.
I looked at A LOT of different products and saw that a lot of them actually aren’t very good products, but then I came across this review, which was very thorough and convinced me to get muscle pharm assault.
The main thing that you want to look for is the effectiveness of the ingredients, and all the analysis in that review points towards a good quality product. Given that and a decent price, I went ahead and bought a small bottle. The next time I was feeling a bit sluggish before hitting the gym I took a scoop mixed in with some juice. It tasted just OK, but it worked great and I had a new-found sense of focus and energy that helped my workout substantially.
So hopefully this helps you get a little insight into preworkout supplements, as always feel free to leave a comment with your experiences.
What if I told you there was a simple thing you could do to help in your efforts to lose weight and build muscle at the same time? Turns out there is one such substance which is already part of your diet, just perhaps not in the right way. Today we’re going to fix that.
Yes that magical substance is protein. It’s in our meat, poultry, dairy, beans, just about everything really because it’s really important. The problem is that it’s only found in high quantities in meat, which get’s expensive fast. There is another way you can get protein however which is through protein powders, which are a cheaper and more convenient method to getting your protein in. If you want to learn more about protein powders go to http://bestproteinpowderhq.net/.
The population as a whole is entirely protein deprived, which means your body can’t work as efficiently to lose weight and it doesn’t have the required amino acids to build new muscle. With just a scoop or two of protein powder you can get an extra 20-50 grams of protein a day, which is about the amount that people need to reach how much they should have.
I was visiting my grandparents the other day and eventually it cam up that my grandfather has chronic hip pain. This means that he often experiences significant pain. This post will help you become aware of the challenges people face as they get older, and why they often have hip problems.
There are several types of long-term injuries associated with the hip region; this article will briefly cover the most common sources of constant hip flexor pain.
Hip Flexor Pain: Chronic Injuries
- Hip Flexor Tendonitis: The most common of chronic hip flexor injuries is hip flexor tendonitis. Many people assume that tendonitis is an injury only gotten by the elderly, but in reality everyone is at risk of developing it. This injury is basically an ‘overuse’ injury that occurs when you repeat a certain movement without a sufficient fitness base, this inflames the tendon and causes pain.
- Snapping Hip Syndrome: This is similar to tendonitis with one key difference, a ‘snap’. Named appropriately, snapping hip syndrome is an injury where you feel pain along with a snapping sound every time you perform a certain movement involving the hip flexor.
If you have chronic hip flexor pain that sounds like either of the above go see a doctor to get a second opinion.