Status:Closed Asked:Feb 22, 2013 - 01:39 PM
I have recently lost a lot of muscle mass and would like to use supplements. Is there anything you recommend?
In my late twenties i worked-out really hard in the gym and i atained very impressive mass as well as condition without supliments (Natural), however four years back i started getting very busy with office work and had very little time for an intense work-out. I decieded to hit the cardio 3-4 times a week due to time constrains; lately i have lost so much muscle mass and a few friends have even told me i dont look very athletic. I would like to try out supplimentation, please advise.
The use of supplements for muscle gain remains a topic for debate. Much of the controversy surrounding these ergogenic aids has to do with their safety. Unlike standard medications, they are not regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, therefore not subjected to the typical rigorous standards of product safety. Additionally, their usage may interfere with medications you are currently taking for existing medical conditions or with other supplements. And without regulation, the combinations may prove not only detrimental, but potentially life threatening (FDA, 2006). Therefore it’s best to speak with your healthcare provider before beginning any supplement regime.
One of the more effective ways to begin rebuilding muscle mass would be to examine your fitness routine. A good strength training routine may begin with 6-8 exercises working all the major muscle groups. Start with one set of 8-12 repetitions, working muscles to fatigue. As you begin to regain muscle, you’ll find it easier to complete the 12 repetitions-an indicator that your program may need to be modified or “ramped up” to help you continue seeing benefits. A fitness routine can be modified in 4 ways: Frequency (through the number of sets), Intensity (via the amount of resistance), Time (the space between sets) and Type (the actual exercise completed). To ensure you are making safe progress, you may want to consider consulting with a certified fitness professional. Together you will learn safe and effective techniques for building muscle and developing a progressive program that you can do to help maintain your fitness goals for a lifetime.
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