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Today, it seems that so many athletes are searching for a miracle supplement or a miracle training technique that will transform their physiques overnight. What they don’t realize is that they must take a comprehensiveapproach to bodybuilding. At Parrillo Performance, we teach you the basics- a set of interrelated programs that are “synergistic;” that is, they all work together to produce the best results. There are five interdependent components involved: proper nutrition, supplementation, training, stretching, and aerobics. These work synergistically to produce results. I’ll briefly explain each one:
1. Proper nutrition: This involves training your metabolism to partition food more effectively, so it can be used to burn fat and build muscle. A diet that achieves this is a high-calorie one (between 2,000 and 10,000 calories a day or more) with five or more meals spread throughout the day and spaced two to three hours apart. The meals in this diet should include the proper combination of lean proteins, starchy carbohydrates, and fibrous carbohydrates. This combination of foods slows your digestion for consistent energy levels and increased endurance throughout the day and provides a constant supply of nutrients for muscular growth and repair.
2. Supplementation: Vitamins, minerals and electrolytes, amino acids, medium chain fatty acids, aspartates, lipotropics, and other supplements increase the nutrient density in body cells, activating your body chemistry for growth. Supplements, however, will never replace proper nutrition. Once you’re eating correctly, supplements can be added to your diet to maximize the results.
3. Workouts: The optimum training routine employs heavy/low rep sets to build mass and thickness and high rep sets to build shape and “cardiovascular density.” By cardiovascular density, I mean the size and number of blood vessels. When this circulatory network is increased, more nutrients are carried to the muscles while performance-inhibiting toxins are effectively transported away. All of this results in muscular growth. In other words, the greater your cardiovascular density, the bigger you can become.
4. Fascial Stretching: This is an advanced and specialized method of stretching which I developed just for bodybuilders and athletes. It involves stretching between each exercise set when the muscle is fully pumped and utilizes some very aggressive self and partner-assisted stretches. Fascial stretching stretches the fascial sheath that covers the muscle and leads to greater mass, muscularity, and muscular separations. 5. Aerobic Training: This is absolutely critical for three reasons. First, aerobic exercise enhances recovery. Second, it builds cardiovascular density; and third, it accelerates fat-burning. Aerobics should be performed at certain times during the day: at night after your last meal and in the morning before breakfast, especially if you are trying to lose body fat. In the morning, your body draws upon fatty acids for energy in the absence of muscle glycogen. As a result, more body fat is burned. The key point to remember is that these components work together. The most intense training system in the world, for example, will yield only marginal results unless you’re fueling yourself with proper nutrition. Used together, however, each of these components will help you achieve your physique and performance goals.
Even though I’m a competitive bodybuilder, I never know exactly how to eat in the off-season to get good results. What’s your off-season nutrition prescription?
Many bodybuilders use the off-season to go off their diets, eating everything in sight and paying very little attention to nutrition. For competitive bodybuilders, the off-season is the ideal time to put on muscle, while staying relatively lean. That way, you don’t have to diet as hard as your contest approaches. In the off-season, you must eat enough to increase your body weight and still stay strict on your nutrition program. Eat the right foods (lean protein, starchy carbohydrates, and fibrous carbohydrates) in the right combinations and in multiple meals (five, six, or more a day). In addition, use CapTri, supplements such as ProCarb, Hi-Protein Powder, or any of our Supplement Bars to increase your daily caloric intake. (For more information on off-season nutrition, consult the Parrillo Performance Nutrition Manual. Ordering information is on page 14. ) Be as consistent with your nutrition during the off-season as you are during the competitive season, and you’ll emerge ready for your contests bigger and more defined.
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