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MAKE Your Dreams Come True…

“The word ‘dream’is often defined as a ‘fantastic but vain hope.’ To me this implies that dreams usually don’t come true and that we have no control over whether they do. Well, if YOU think this way, then chances are your dreams WILL NOT materialize. However, if you have faith your dreams CAN become reality, and live like it is a foregone conclusion that they WILL, you are on your way to having whatever you want.”

-Eric Broser/Team True Alpha

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Q & A with Team True Alpha member Eric Broser

Q. I am extremely ectomorphic. My goal is to gain as much bulk as possible, but I don’t want to get too fat. I weigh about 155 and wish to get to about 185 in the next year. Should I be doing cardio along with my weight training?

A. I was in a very similar situation as you when I first started, although I was even skinnier if you could believe that! I weighed a paltry 125 lbs when I first wrapped my hands around a barbell! So, in other words, I feel your pain, and can fully appreciate your question. As for my response…I would have to say no, you should not do any cardio at this time. As an ectomorph struggling to add muscle and bodyweight the last thing you want to do is burn more calories and further increase your already racing metabolism through cardio. You want every calorie you ingest to be pointed toward muscle repair and growth, even if you store a little bodyfat along the way. The best way to avoid adding too much extra adipose tissue while gaining size is to make sure that you are eating a relatively clean high calorie diet. Try to get the bulk of your calories from foods like steak, eggs, milk, chicken, fatty fish, protein powders, rice, pasta, potatoes, whole grain breads, fruits and vegetables. While the occasional pizza, ice cream and pancakes will not hurt you, make foods like this the exception and not the rule. Another point about cardio and the ectomorph that I want to make is that in my experience, those with this body type tend to have more limited recovery ability than most…not as much in regards to individual muscles as to systemic recovery. This means that as an ectomorph, overtraining is more of a concern than with other body types. Thus, the addition of cardio on top of weight training is not a good idea for us naturally skinny types (at least in the early bulking stages), as too much exercise will make too far an inroad into our recovery ability, which will all but bring gains in muscle to a screeching halt!

So, my advice to you is to train hard and heavy no more than 4 days per week, eat at least 6 clean, high calorie meals per day, and to sleep 7-9 hours every night. That is your simple, yet most reliable equation for muscle growth.

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TEAM ALPHA Q & A with Eric B

Q. I hear mixed things about glutamine. Some say it works and others say it is a scientifically non-proven supplement. I trust your opinion Eric. What do you say?

A. I just want you to know that I truly appreciate that you trust me, and the info I put forth. Thank you.

Now…on to the question at hand. There are only a few supplements that I use 365 days per year. Those include a multivitamin/mineral, BCAA’s, and yes, glutamine! Glutamine has proven itself to me over and over again, with myself, and my personal training clients. Very often there is far more reliable evidence in the “real world” than what is seen in a laboratory. The reason that some people fail with glutamine is because they either expect to achieve immediate gains (yes, prohormones spoiled everyone while they were available), or they simply do not use it consistently enough, or in high enough amounts to get the desired effect. Another problem is that many trainees take L-glutamine along with protein, which pretty much assures that it will not be absorbed efficiently. L-glutamine needs to be taken on an empty stomach, about 30 minutes before each meal to be utilized properly. Now, it is true that the gastrointestinal tract is a “glutamine hog,” and will horde much of what you take for itself, which is why I said that you need to take a fairly large amount to reap the benefits. For most, this means 25-50 g per day. I strongly believe in glutamine’s immune system enhancing effects (can’t train when your sick, right?); its positive effects on protein synthesis; its ability to help with glycogen storage; it’s anti-catabolic effects; and it’s GH inducing abilities as well.

I take glutamine along with BCAA’s at least four times per day, and when dieting, up to 6-7 times per day. Each dose is no less than 5-10 grams.

Remember, just because you do not gain 10 lbs of muscle in two weeks does not mean glutamine is not working. Glutamine is what I call a “long haul” supplement. This simply means that over the long haul, it will certainly help hasten your progress. So be patient, and let glutamine work it’s magic a little at a time.

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STRETCH to GROW!

As a natural for life bodybuilder I need to gain every advantage possible when trying to build muscle. This means that any training or nutritional strategy that I can implement that will force my system into an anabolic (muscle-building) state has to be utilized consistently if I have any chance of pushing my physique (and my “alpha-ness”) to greater levels as I age. One of the best methods I have found for inducing new growth is the use of a technique called “stretch under tension.” Now, you must understand this is no ordinary form of stretching, and is not part of any kind of warm-up or cool-down from exercise. Rather, it is a vital part of your actual workout! What you need to do to make use of this little muscle-inducing “trick” is to pick one exercise per workout (for each muscle group that you are training) that has a strong stretch component. Some examples would be DB flyes for chest, seated cable rows for lats, sissy squats for quads, stiff leg deadlifts for hams, and overhead DB extensions for triceps. Now, instead of performing the movement at a normal rep speed you will utilize a tempo of 3/4/X, which means lowering the weight slowly over 3 seconds, holding the deep stretch for 4 seconds, and then exploding out of the bottom using only muscular power. By doing this you will be forcing the muscle to undergo a deep/exaggerated stretch using the tension that the weight provides, which has been shown to stimulate both the natural release of the powerful growth hormone IGF-1 and the proliferation of satellite cells! These are two absolutely essential ingredients in the process that leads to muscle hypertrophy! So, you now have your mission…stretch to grow!

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Arginine and the Alpha Male!

Walk into any health food/nutrition store and you will be bombarded with shelves and shelves of pills, potions and powders in colorful cans, canisters and containers, all promising to give you the body of your dreams. Grab one of those products and read the label and your confusion will likely get even worse. There are so many new ingredients out there with fancy names that you have to be a freaking scientist to understand what it is you are putting into your body!

Well, here at Team Alpha Headquarters one of our goals is to help you more easily navigate your way through the sometimes dizzying world of sports supplementation, and provide you with solid, well-documented information about what actually “works,” and what is just hype!

Arginine is an amino acid that has been around for a long time, and was once purported to be a natural growth hormone releaser. However, due to the fact that in most studies it was injectable  arginine that was used to increase GH, and that the oral form had to be taken in way too large of amounts to produce a similar effect, its popularity had gone by the wayside.

In recent years though, arginine made somewhat of a comeback when its role in increasing the body’s nitric oxide production was revealed to the bodybuilding/fitness world. Nitric oxide is a natural chemical that it critical for blood flow control, regulating a process called vasodilation. Greater nitric oxide results in increased blood flow, which in practical terms for us lifters means a far better muscle pump, enhanced nutrient delivery to tissues, and even reduced blood pressure during exercise. Pretty cool stuff!

But, the benefits of arginine do not stop there. In a recent review of literature, by Jason McKnight and colleagues from Texas A & M University, it was concluded that arginine can promote positive body composition changes as well! Yes, that means less body fat and more muscle! It appears that arginine works by decreasing food intake, increasing metabolic rate, and reducing the growth of white adipose tissue (storage fat), all of which can contribute to a leaner you!

I have personally had good success with arginine when taking in 2-3 grams per day thirty minutes before breakfast, exercise and my final meal of the day.

Arginine is a rather cheap and yet effective supplement that can help you further your Alpha Male status.

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Wrist Wrap Revelation

For the first several years of my training I literally refused to wear wrist straps. I thought that only “girly (non-Alpha!)-men” wore them because they were too weak and lazy to take a good, solid grip on the bar. However, as I began to get stronger, primarily on back exercises, I started to notice that no matter how hard I tried, my grip would give out more quickly than the muscle(s) I was targeting. And that my friends a definite is a no-no! Thus, I reluctantly decided to give wrist straps a try and I was amazed at how much more weight I could lift and how much more productive so many exercises quickly became. In other words, NOT wearing wrist straps was hindering my overall muscle and strength development by limiting my intensity on several essential, basic movements such as bent rows, weighted pull-ups, deadlifts, upright rows, seated rows and DB rows. After just a few short months of implementing the use of lifting straps I absolutely noticed new width and thickness throughout my entire back, which changed my opinion that it is not “girly-men” that use straps, but “burly (True Alpha!)-men!” That said, I should point out that I use them primarily for pulling exercises and only for my heaviest sets. I do enjoy having a powerful grip, so I do not rely on straps for each and every working set. In addition I must mention that utilizing straps properly and efficiently takes some getting used to. There is a definite technique involved when securing wrist straps around a bar and feeling comfortable with them in your hand. Just do not give up and soon enough using straps will become second nature.

So there you have it my fellow Alpha Males (and females too!)…”just say YES to wrist straps!”

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Rest = Recover = RESULTS!

Sleep is a rarely considered piece to the total fitness puzzle, but is one of THE most important aspects of becoming a muscular, lean, mean, fit machine! Going to the gym and putting in intense, gut-busting workouts day after day acts only as the stimulus for gains in muscle size, strength, and power, as well as decreases in body fat. Proper nutritional intake is then necessary to provide you the building blocks needed to actually create new lean tissue and melt ugly adipose. However, all of this will be meaningless if you do not allow your body the time and opportunity to “work” this magical process. When does your body do 99% of its building and repair work? WHEN YOU SLEEP! During sleep all other body processes slow down and an intense recovery period takes place. The conscious mind is allowed to “chill” while the subconscious keeps us entertained. Read the rest of this entry »

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Split Up Cardio to Melt Off Fat!

When it comes to cardio here is a strategy you can use to burn MORE body fat WITHOUT adding minutes! Try splitting your workouts into 2-3 sessions per day rather than one long one. Studies show that this method burns more calories and increases metabolic rate more efficiently and for longer. So, if you have 60 minutes of cardio scheduled, split that into two 30-minutes sessions, or even better, three 20-minutes sessions instead of doing it all in one shot!

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