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Recover faster and see better results! This great-tasting shake is specially designed to provide the precise nutrients you need to recover quickly after intense workouts. P90X® Results and Recovery Formula™ offers a unique mix of:
- Dextrose-based formula for optimum glycogen replenishment*
- A high Protein Efficiency Ratio (PER) blend to provide the critical building blocks for rapid muscle resynthesis*
- Vitamins, including antioxidants, to help reduce muscle soreness and assist in repair and growth*
Studies1.2 show that with proper nutrition during the first hour following a workout you can increase your body’s ability to recover by more than 100%. The key component to maximizing this “window of opportunity” is a formulation of approximately 4 parts carbohydrates to 1 part protein.
P90X Results and Recovery Formula is a state-of-the-art, great tasting, body-shaping cocktail that’s guaranteed to take your results to the next level.
If you’re like many people, you have probably done a few weeks of the Beachbody workouts but soon stopped because of one reason or another, but let’s face it, usually it’s lost focus and a simple lack of commitment. A challenge might be just the focus you need! Imagine, celebrating this 4th of July weekend by proudly showing off your new Beach Body at the beach or pool party for the great American holiday! Come on, it’ll be a fun way to stay focused and we can look forward to a healthy, hot summer body!
If you do not have the products like P90X / Insanity or Shakeology, make sure that you get your orders in by 4/30 so that you will get them in time to start the challenge. Contact me for details if you have any questions
The challenge is simple:
1) Pick a Beach Body program, commit to the full 60 / 90 days
2) eat clean and healthy through out spring
3) Take your supplements
4) Post your accountability on the Xtreme Altitude Page on Facebook
I am also creating an Elite Summer Challenge for those who want to be the product of the product.
1) Do P90X, whether it’s pure P90X or hybrid with Insanity, TurboFire, RevAbs, etc
3) Drink Shakeology DAILY
4) Take P90X Recovery Formula after EVERY workout
5) Track and Show me your results!
(YOLO) - you only live once!
As part of my obligation as a coach and a teacher, I want to guide those of you who want to start getting ripped the proper, natural and healthy way.
Truthfully, I do not know the right answer. If you google this subject, you will find different opinions on how much each individual should take, with complex equations involving your lean body mass %, and your weight in kilograms. Math is not my strongest point, so I like to keep everything simple. From my previous research, I know that Bodybuilding.com recommends 1 g of protein per lb of bodyweight. Simple enough?
However, after talking to numerous fitness instructors, professional bodybuilders and fitness models (that’s one of the perks living in Hollywood), I have heard multiple opinions on this as well, varying from 1 g to 2 g per lbs of body-weight. But there is another issued the needs to be address: the simple fact that most people can ONLY digest up to 1.5 g of protein per lb of bodyweight. So imagine you’re a 200 lbs guy at 6’2 tall, then the max you should have is 300 g of protein in your daily diet. That is a lot of protein!! But if your body doesn’t need or can’t use that much protein, the excess protein will be ‘flushed’ away or stored as bodyfat. Either way, you’re stressing your kidneys, whose job will be filtering the excess protein out of your body.
In my personal opinion and based on my own experience, I prefer to have around 1.2 or 1.3g/lbs bodyweight. I usually try keeping my total protein intake around 200 g and have the rest of my calories coming from good complex natural carbs. I do recommend that for new guys, 1g/lbs bodyweight might be a good place to start since you might not need that much protein to begin with; while those who are already lean and fit, can then attempt the 1.3 g/lbs bodyweight.
IMPORTANT: You should have at least 50% of your total protein intake from whole food like eggs, poultry, fish, beans, etc. Do not rely too much on drinking whey or any other liquid protein.
Another mistake that I’ve heard many times is how much liquid protein should be consumed per sitting. Some people have doubled up the dose on the whey serving, while others have mixed an extra whey into their serving of Shakeology. If you do drink Shakeology, you should know that there is around 18 g of whey isolate, and adding a separate serving of whey will make your shake has around 30+ g of protein. I do believe that is too much whey/liquid protein for 1 sitting. Just to be safe, it is better to have around 25 g or less of protein per sitting, unless, of course you’re a 250 lbs muscular college football player.
I’d also like to speak to the people who use Mass Gainer to gain weight: I believe that you should try to consume whole food at all times. But if you do need to eat over 3000 calories (because you’re very active and have too fast of a metabolism), then you can be on Mass Gainer. But beware of marketing scams on most weight gainer products! Most brands out there will promote that they have 60+ g of protein per serving with 1000 total calories of liquid food. Think about it, is this healthy? And if you look at the Nutrition Guide, 1 serving of the weight gainer contains 4 scoops. The best approach on weight gainer, in my opinion, is to split the shake up to be consumed throughout the day.
The most common question that I always received is:
“Can you gain all that muscle mass with just P90X? I thought it is for people who want to lean down only”
The truth is, P90X is not a weight loss program, but it is a well designed program for anyone, whether the main goal is to just improving fitness level, getting more lean, being ripped, or add lean muscle mass. The program works to get you to your most optimal physique – if you’re on the flabby side, you’d be losing weight, while if you’re on the skinny side, you’d gain lean muscle mass. However, to gain lean muscle mass, you would need to stimulate your muscle tissue properly to spur the growth – you’d need to lift heavy!
There’s a reason why Tony Horton mentioned on the video that if your goal is to be big, just lift around 8-10 reps. However, with my own experience, I only follow the 8 reps rule. The moment you could lift weights at 8 reps in proper form, try to force yourself to do 1 more rep. And the moment you could do the 9th rep, even a sloppy one, it is the sign that you need to start increasing your weights. The heavier you lift, the more you stimulates your muscles, and the bigger your muscles will get (but only if you do everything in correct form!). I believe that lifting 7-8 reps while on P90X would give you great results if you’re a hardgainer.
This secret ingredient has been used by Russian Olympic athletes for many years and has been reported to increase muscle-building and endurance without the negative side effects associated with steroids. This “Russian Secret”, contains high amounts of an anabolic-type phytochemical called beta-ecdysterone and three novel ecdysteroid glycosides.
Now, that same “Russian Secret” is available in your healthiest meal of the day…. Shakeology!
That is correct! The secret ingredient is Suma Root, one of the 70 ingredients that go into making Shakeology. Suma Root is also known as Brazillian ginseng and grows naturally in South America. This plant has been used for centuries by the South American natives to promote healing and overall good health.
The root is still used to heal wounds, strengthen muscles, relieve chronic pain and inflammation, balance blood sugar levels, improve sexual libido, reduce tumors and much more. The Suma root has also been recommended for women with menopausal symptoms, pre-menstrual syndrome (PMS) and hormonal imbalance.
In terms of sports performance, it increases the body’s ability to repair and regenerate cells, stimulates muscle growth, boosts energy, and enhances the overall functioning of body system, which makes it ideal for strength training and muscle building.
The majority of research on the Suma root has been conducted by Russian scientists who examined the effects of combining ecdysterone, high quantities of which are found in the Suma plant, with a high protein diet. Their findings showed that lean muscle mass increased by 6-7% and body fat decreased by 10%. Further research determined that ecdysterone had anabolic effects similar to those of the synthetic steroid Dianabol. However, ecdysterone did not demonstrate any of the harmful side effects.
There is no known negative health information available for this herb. Prolonged use of suma is considered to be safe. However, because of its impact on hormone levels in the body, it is not recommended that women take high dose of Suma while pregnant or nursing. The amount available in Shakeology is small enough to be considered safe. Although there are many positive testimonials from women taking Shakeology during pregnancy, always consult with your doctor when in doubt.
Stretching elongates the connective tissue covering all muscles and muscle cells. When the connective tissue is stretched using the techniques of yoga the muscle underneath is ultimately given greater room to grow. Stretching also gives the muscle a greater shape, with more convolutions, so muscle separation improves as well. Stretching when combined with proper nutrition can even alter bone structures. Bone structure can change dramatically such as sternums being pushed out to clavicles increasing in length, thereby increasing the shoulder structure. Yoga stretching can be especially good for muscle groups that don’t respond well to regular weight training.
Yoga when done consistently can increase your strength. Regular stretching gives your muscles the ability to fire more efficiently without shutting down in response to stretched tendons. The golgi tendon organs (GTOs) are located in the tendons near the ends of the muscle fibers. Essentially these GTOs are stretch receptors, and they respond to changes in muscle or tendon length as a muscle or tendon is stretched, or when a muscle contracts powerfully.
In the weight room when you fail with a weight on a max rep, it isn’t just because of muscular fatigue: it’s because your GTOs fired and shut down your muscles. So how do you raise your GTO threshold? By stretching your muscles and ligaments regularly you can raise your GTO threshold, gaining a strength increase by as much as 15 to 20%. The higher your GTO threshold, the more intensity you can train with which leads to greater strength gains.
So here’s the deal on why starving yourself doesn’t work and you’re probably not seeing any results from those diet pills you had such high hopes for. You, I, and everyone else has this thing called a metabolism, the chemical processes that occur within our bodies that help us sustain life. People with high metabolisms tend to be able to eat more and not gain any obvious weight, while people with low metabolisms have bodies that tend to hold on to what’s being consumed.Now here is the part most of you don’t know and that is, ‘Why’?
You have to eat!
That’s the answer – as simple as that.
Explanation: Lets say you just got out of bed from a nice 8 hour sleep. You shower, get ready for work, and what’s next….. you run out the door with some coffee and maybe a piece of toast? When you wake up, your body has literally fasted for 8 hours. It needs nutrition, and when your body doesn’t get nutrition first thing in the morning, it goes into something called starvation mode.
So the next time you eat, which would be lunch, your body will consume and hold on to any piece of nutrition, good or bad, that it can get its hands on, because your body simply doesn’t know when it is going to eat again. That is why you need to be consistent with your meals. The more consistent you are, the higher your metabolism will become that day. A good rule of thumb is to eat once every 3 hours. So eat 3 regular meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) and eat 3 snacks in between those meals. You might be thinking it is expensive to eat all these snacks. But by snacks I mean as simple as a stalk of celery, or an apple, along with some organic nuts or almonds on the side. A healthy snack, just enough to get you through to the next meal.
Now back to the diet pills and why you’re not seeing any results. Some diet pills suppress your hunger and that’s not the answer. Suppressing your hunger will only puts your body back in starvation mode and I just explained why you don’t want THAT to happen. Because every time you eat when your starved, your body will hang on to it and store it in the form of fat — fat that you’re working so hard to get rid of!
So when you wake up, start off with a glass or two of cold water to wake your body up and the blood flowing. Trust me, you’ll feel better! Then eat a good breakfast! There is more than some truth to the saying to breakfast being the most important meal of the day, because it is! to edit.
In Chinese culture, the number 8 is considered to be very lucky; in fact, it sounds similar to the word which means ‘prosper’ or ‘wealth’. That being said, 8-8-8 should be a very good combination of numbers. That might explains why the Beijing Olympic opening ceremony was held on 8/8/08!
You could apply 8-8-8 in your life so that you could live a healthy and prosperous life. It is your time management – simply means you should spent 8 hours of work, 8 hours of play, and 8 hours of sleep. We all know that most people do need to work 8 hours a day to be financially stable. Meanwhile, you should spend 8 hours for quality time with friends, family, play sports or working out. Lastly, you should get around 8 hours of good sleep daily for good health.
Most of you who read this blog are somewhat on the path of getting in shape, or else you would not even bother to go to my site. You’re working out hard to transform your body, but lack of sleep will stunt your progress. I have heard many people who workout intensely, eat healthy but spend too much time with their career that they sacrifice their sleeping time. As a result, they get sick. So, I will talk more on the importance of 8 hours of sleep since I’ve seen more of the lack of sleeping pattern in today’s modern society.
Sleep & Muscle Building
After you spend an hour or so working your muscles out and fantasizing about the muscles you are building you should also be aware that your body needs substantial “recovery time” from the workout. This “recovery time” is approximately 8 hours of sleep each night and that is each and every night not 10 hours tonight and 6 tomorrow because that does not work. Your body needs adequate sleep every night because rest cannot be stored and saved for later, it is something you must engage in every night.
Additionally, all sleep is not made equal. There are five stages of sleep and if you are like most people leading stress filled lives you never make it past stage 1 or 2. Because of this you wake up feeling as tired and drained of energy as when you went to bed. If this is the type of sleep you are getting then it will not be overly productive in helping you gain and build muscle while you are asleep. On the other hand, if you can practice deep breathing, meditation, or other stress relieving activities before you go to sleep then you will more than likely be able to reach stages 4 and 5 where your body can heal, repair, and grow. These are the stages of sleep you need to reach if you are really interested in muscle gain.
Deep sleep is important because during this phase the body is able to repair the muscles that were torn or broken during the workout. Also, while you are in deep sleep your body also begins the process of Specific Adaptation to Imposed Demand. During this process, known as SAID, your body builds your muscles bigger and stronger so that when you workout again your muscles will be ready
An additional benefit of this, which not many people know, is how your body gets the energy to perform these muscle building activities while you rest. The answer is from fat. That is right, while you are in deep sleep and your body is working hard to repair and build your muscles it uses your fat stores to do so. So, not only are you building muscle but you are also burning fat simply by getting a proper amount of sleep, which most people won’t complain about anyway.
With that in mind, manage your time so that you have 8 hours of work, 8 hours of play and 8 hours of sleep for a healthy and prosperous life.
A few days ago, one of my friends posted on his Facebook wall that he was going to push hard on his workout. This was after one week of working out hard each and every day. He also added, “rest days are for women.”
If you are one of those people who believe that you should be working out on a daily basis, I have a question for you: Are you happy with your progress? If you answered yes, then by all means, keep doing what you’re doing. If you answered no, you need to step back and consider changing your ways.
Take a good look at the average Joes who do not workout at all. Their daily routine probably consists of waking up, going to work, coming home, watching some TV or playing games, and then sleep, normally for around about 7-8 hours. That’s kind of strange isn’t it? Unless their jobs require it, they aren’t using their body for any intense physical activity, but they still have a natural need to sleep at night. Without the sleep, their body and mind will slowly fall apart.
So do you still think you can do seven days a week without taking a rest day? You’re doing the exact thing like the average joe’s daily routine, and yet you’re adding in intense physical workouts like P90X or Insanity, so, wouldn’t you naturally need more rest? And since given there’s only 24 hours in a day, the chances of being able to get MORE sleep than the average is fairly non-existent. Therefore, you need to allow your body to rest and recover in other ways — by taking a rest day — one day per week without an intense physical workout.
I am sure that there are some people who will argue that they feel great and strong by working out daily. And my response to that is simple: Your body has adapted to your level of intensity and frequency, and thus no longer forcing the need to change. Again, this is great if you’re happy with your current progress, so keep doing what you’re doing.
Why do you think Tony Horton designed P90X2 so that there will be 2 days of rest? Because the workouts are even harder than in P90X and your body needs the time to recover so that you will get better and stronger. And keep in mind, P90X2 is ONLY for those who are already physically fit and have done at least 1 complete round of P90X — being fit doesn’t mean that you don’t need to let your body rest and recover.
So, don’t you think you need AT LEAST one day of rest while doing any kind of physical workout program? Give your body the same kind of love you give it by working out and let it rest. For those who focus is on muscle size, you should know that your muscle grows and repairs itself when you’re resting, and not while working out, so rest is even more IMPORTANT for your success.
If you’re still itching to do something because you’re addicted to working out, you can do ‘active resting’ by taking a long easy walk around the neighborhood with your dog. Or go hiking and enjoy the beauty of nature. If you want to do something indoors, then I can recommend doing an easy stretching type of Yoga. Hatha Yoga is appropriate, or even Iyengar Yoga. Avoid Power /Ashtanga Yoga, like the one in P90X YogaX. You can learn other Yoga styles that might suit you here: http://yoga.about.com/od/typesofyoga/a/yogatypes.htm