Bigger or Better by the day: Doesn’t make any difference!

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One Day You May… Goddammnit!

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Leg Day: The Day of Champions…

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Deeper….

With each rep you go deep and try to go deeper! With every grunt you pray the repetition to be the last one while you feel the constant tension that grows more and more till you only have the option of limping back home. Yes, we are talking about the best day of the week at gym and that my friend is the ‘Leg Day’ which I profoundly call as the day of champions.

Look around you, what separates you from the rest is the fact that you’re the only who pays attention to his/her leg routine. Legs are what separate a champion or a guy who takes his workout seriously than others who just want a body to flaunt or are here to take selfies with the gym equipment. Leg workouts have a long lost relationship with some misfit myths as well, which includes height diminishment if you keep squatting.

Without further ado, let’s have a look at the facts on why one should squat and break some good old myths:

Body Proportion

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Chicken Legs…

It may be the rule of nature that anything out of proportion might seem awkward in appearance. As if the creator of this world himself is an artist as all of his creations including humans are well proportioned. Bodybuilding is something that we try to take things to the very next level and this is where most of us loose proportion in our body. There may be an inch difference between Phil Heath and Kai Greene but the former is proving to be a nightmare for Kai all thanks to his gifted proportions. (Ofcourse he works hard as well). In short, no one wants to be a Johnny Bravo!

Lower body strength

One who works out actually knows the value of muscle/strength training in his day to day activities. For instance having good arms makes push and pull activities much easier, likewise good leg development makes climbing stairs, elevated walking, trekking and much other physically demanding stuff easier. Having a well-toned upper body will be best complimented with an in-shape lower body as well.

Better body size by testosterone production

Studies have proved better testosterone production leads to improved gains and following a leg schedule leads to better male hormone (testosterone) production. Who doesn’t want better gains and compared to people who don’t train legs, you can easily tell the difference in muscular density and development.

Core strength

A weak core can lead to multiple injuries many a times even while performing daily life activities. We have read the importance of having a strong core but are yet to apply the same in reality. When we are performing compound exercises like squats or even deadlifts, we are working on more than one muscle groups at the same time. Our core abdominals are under stress all the time when we perform these interesting moments.

Ofcourse you do look good because toned legs also count when we talk of a fit body and an impressive physical appearance.

Role of Creatine in Bodybuilding and weight lifting

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creatine composition

You must have heard the word ‘Creatine’ a lot in the gym while working out or from trainers. It is a form of amino acid that is also produced in the body and plays an important part in releasing energy from the cells. Creatine phosphate aids the generation of adenosine triphosphate also known as ATP that assists in muscle contraction. Oral consumption of creatine may lead to increase in muscle strength and energy in performance. However, creatine is found in raw fish and meat but most of it is destroyed at the time of heating.

Creatine phosphate is considered as a storehouse of energy that enables muscle contraction and its consumption provides constant energy for intense physical activity such as weightlifting. Although creatine provides energy but it is suitable only for anaerobic exercises such as weight lifting and resistance training. Cardiovascular activities such as running, jogging are not benefited much from the intake of creatine as per the research and studies.

As per the standard consumption pattern, it is said that creatine can be consumed with the beverage of person’s choice. However, individuals who consume it with solution with simple carbohydrates such as any sports energy drink or a fruit juice show better result. While the study shows that it is safe and relatively cheap as compared to other health supplements, there is a lot to be defined about its side effects and supplementation even today. Therefore, it is advised to consult a good physician before consuming any health supplements.