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"Been working with Taylor for two months now and I'm seeing great results. Losing body fat and getting stronger. The private studio is great since there aren't a bunch of people in your way and slowing down your workout. Would definitely recommend." - John K
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The short answer would be, yes.
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When you are about to expend energy, it would be ideal to have fuel for that process. I would also prefer to have fuel during the process (protein, high glycemic carb) assuming there are no dietary restrictions. Perfect world, your highest percentage of carb intake (energy resource) would be taken around your workout window.
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Your own adherence will ultimately dictate what is good for you and what is not. If eating something before hand makes you sick then try eating a little bit earlier than normal or maybe get your calories/meal from a drink. I like having a full stomach when working out but I’ve never had issues with feeling nauseous.
Along with protein (steady supply throughout the day), I like to have oats before working out. I feel a level amount of energy from the time I eat it that lasts through the duration of my workout. I’m afraid apples/bananas may give you a little sugar spike and crash. I have determined pasta for me, usually makes me want to take a nap instantly but my energy levels kick back up about 45-60 minutes after. With oatmeal, I never get that fluctuation or crash and thats why I would say that works best for me.
Most would probably have better workouts if they had some type of food. You may have to try a variety of different combinations to see what makes you feel 100% consistently.
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Clients are usually timid about massing (gaining weight) but eating in a surplus is the best way to go about building and growing muscle tissue. Not only do you typically have improved energy and recovery but the only way to gain is to be in a surplus.
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With massing phases the pro is you build muscle but the con is you add on fat. You typically can't gain one without the other but ideally you would gain slowly, pair it with resistance training and hope to minimize fat gains.
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I've always found massing (building muscle) to be more challenging than cutting (losing fat). You may have to continue to eat when your stuffed full which is physically challenging, food no longer is appealing at that point. Mentally, you may have just worked extremely hard to get lean and reduce your body fat percentage substantially and now you're intentionally bulking right back up.
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When massing I would recommend trying to increase your body weight at about 0.5%-1% weekly for 6 to 12 weeks. If very skinny maybe beyond that. Those who find it very mentally tough to add love handles temporarily will opt for the slower gains, and smaller durations. Those that can handle some extra thickness, can shoot to gain a little bit quicker and longer. Either scenario, you have to understand that you will be adding on quality muscle tissue and once you go through another cutting phase you will look better and have improved body composition.
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It really helps to have a long term mentality over the short term. If you go through a quality muscle gaining phase, you will look better by the time you cut back down. You may be looking at a 6-9 month transitional period though. When determining duration you just need to be honest with yourself and what you think you'll mentally be able to handle.
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Something to look forward to for the end of year. The Rhino Belt Squat has jumped to #1 on my list of things to buy for the studio on Black Friday after learning I do not have to bolt it down. Read the benefits & watch GarageGymReviews.com video review
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Rates page updated with the website redesign. No rate change or anything at this point, simply the redesign and some text modifications.
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A preview of what MAY be to come for the 2018 black friday purchases. Not a final list. Belt squat is probably a year or two down the road once there is a lot of feedback. Depends on how the deals look.
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New section on the website for FAQ's. Ask something and I'll get around to answering it
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