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It’s no secret that record-breaking runners and athletes are, more often than not, quite lean-bodied. This makes sense; lean bodies have the most effective ratio of low body fat to lean, powerful muscle mass, allowing people to propel further and faster with more ease than someone with higher percentages of body fat.
So, what is the best way to build lean muscle mass? While your fitness regime will undoubtedly have an effect on your development of lean muscle mass, bringing down your percentage of body fat will also require considerations with your eating habits.
Below are key factors to building lean muscle mass and promoting a leaner body, helping to improve your speed and power as a runner and athlete.
A cardio component is an important aspect in burning fat. For the most efficient cardio component, you want to find a balance between getting your heart rate pumping and exhausting yourself. The goal of cardio should not be to run until you drop, but rather to get your heart pumping at a prime rate or time interval for peak fat burning potential.
Steady-state cardio is also often referred to as the “fat burning zone.” The goal of maintaining your cardio routine in this state is to maintain a maximum heart rate at roughly 60-70% for a sustained period of time, between 20 minutes to an hour.
High-Intensity Interval Training, or “HIIT” as it is often referred to, involves high-intensity bursts of exercise followed by short periods of rest. The idea is to push yourself and put forth your maximum ability without reaching the point of exhaustion. Humans can’t sustain maximum performance for an extended period of time. There is a reason world-class sprinters can only sustain 9-10 seconds of peak performance while long-distance runners can endure for hours. HIIT delivers the best of both worlds by combining intense exercise with built-in recovery.
This style of training can be accomplished through sprint sessions on the treadmill, bike, or elliptical, or free weight and bodyweight circuits. HIIT workouts are open to customization so that you never get bored with your workouts! HIIT workouts should be interchanged with steady-state cardio workouts throughout the week for optimal fat burn and building lean muscle mass.
Want to learn more about HIIT? Checkout this article from UpPedal on "9 HIIT Workout Mistakes To Avoid"
If you are looking to shed fat while maintaining muscle, you can try to decrease your caloric intake while still maintaining a maximized intake of protein—roughly at least 1 g of protein/lb body weight. Protein plays an integral role in the development and repair of muscle mass, making proper protein intake crucial to an effective workout to build lean muscle mass.
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*These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
Imagine yourself in a group of 100 people – roughly half of the number that will fit in the average movie theater. Now consider this: Roughly 15 of those people are actively suffering from a B12 deficiency. They are tired, weak, predisposed to illness, suffer from memory loss and nerve dysfunction. Some experience fairly severe symptoms, while others are gradually feeling worse – usually without even realizing it!
And no – this is not a joke or an exaggeration. According to the National Institute of Health, up to 15% of people are deficient in B12, which makes it one of the most common nutritional deficiencies.
With this in mind, we believe it is important that everyone becomes educated on this critical nutrient: What it is, what it does for your body, where to get it, how to avoid a deficiency, and then finally, the BEST ways to reap the benefits of having optimal B12 levels.
Sound good? Read on.
Over the last 50 years, “fat” has become a bad word.
Foods are marketed as “low fat” and “fat-free” based on the idea that dietary fats are bad for your heart and are linked to weight gain.
Fortunately, this couldn’t be further from the truth, according to modern scientific research by experts in the health field.
Dietary fats, in their pure, unadulterated forms, are exceptionally healthy – especially when consumed in proper ratios. They are involved in many important bioactive functions, let's review these...
Have you thought about adding Ancient Superfoods to your diet, like those found in 100% Grass-Fed Glandular Organs?
When you go to your local grocery store to buy meat, you usually pick out some steaks, chicken breasts, ground beef, or another tasty meat – right? You buy them for the protein content, heme iron, B12, and most importantly, the delicious flavor of a juicy steak.
Here is the scientific truth: The liver, heart, pancreas, kidneys, and spleen are all jam-packed with vital nutrients that can help supercharge your energy levels, digestion, and overall health – not to mention that they provide a high concentration of protein… but who wants to eat them?