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  • Bulk Up Stacks for Male 40+

    Bulk Up Stacks for Male 40+

    By Kareem - July 15, 2014

    If you've ever heard someone say that you can't build good muscle once you're past 40, feel free to lay a hefty bet with them. The truth is that while it is harder to build good muscle at 45 than it is at 25, it's definitely not impossible.

    Supps That Can Help:

    Protein

    Protein is absolutely essential for muscle tissue growth and repair. Maintaining a high protein diet will assist you in getting the size you have always wanted. If you are naturally not very big, now is the time to get out the Mass Gainers. On the other hand, if you already carry a few 'extra kilos' stick to the low-carb alternatives.

    Multivitamins and Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs)

    No matter how good your diet is, sometimes it is not always possible to get all the nutrients your body needs from your diet alone. A good multi-vitamin will ensure that your diet does not have any deficiencies. Adding Essential Fatty Acids (EFA's) such as Fish Oil or Flaxseed oil to your diet will also ensure;

    Healthy cardiovascular system, immune system and brain function*
    Joint support and healthy hormone production*
    Encourage an active metabolism*
    Fast muscle recovery from high intensity exercise*

    BCAAs

    Branch Chain Amino Acids (BCAA's) are a must have when trying to put on size. When training intensely, vital amino acid levels are depleted and leads to muscle break down if not properly replenished. Supplementing with 5-10g of BCAA's before and after your training, is an excellent way maintain muscle mass.

    Pre-workouts

    Whenever you hit the gym fatigued or unmotivated - or both - it's harder to push out those reps. And if you're just going through the motions, you're only wasting time. Pre-workout boosters are designed to help you maximize your time in the gym and attack those weight racks!

    Creatine

    The biggest enemy to a good workout is fatigue. As much as you try to fight it, eventually your muscles grow tired and your strength plummets. It could mean the end to your workout, so fight back! When you supplement with creatine, fatigue may be reduced to help you recover fast!

    What to Eat:

    If you want to put on good size, you need to be eating good meals. Three meals a day isn't going to cut it, you'll need at least five good meals with plenty of protein, a good amount of complex carbs and some healthy fats. 

    If you're a busy person, doing a meal prep at the start of the week is a common way to make sure you've always got access to good, healthy food during the week. Cook up all the meals you'll need for the week on a Sunday, (except Breakfast and Dinner, you can have them at home). For the sake of a couple of hours work, you'll have a weeks worth of healthy, nutritious home-cooked food available to you.

    How to Exercise:

    To build muscle, you need to stress muscle. This tells your body that it needs to be repaired and reinforced. You should be lifting heavy, and really push yourself hard.

    Being over 40, there might be a few niggles and pains that are around. It's important for you to know what is just an ache from hard work, and what is something that could become an injury. Listen to your body, but make sure you're not just looking for an excuse to go easy, you won't get the results you want without pushing yourself beyond your comfort zone.

    Tip:

    You have to keep at it to get good size, but the most common mistake is going without sleep! Get as much sleep as you can, it's the time when your body does most of it's muscle building. Getting good quality rest means you build more muscle, and can go at your next workout that little bit harder, so you don't need to feel guilty about those Sunday sleep-ins ever again.

    Design your own stack:

    Feel free to make a stack to suit your needs (and budget). We've selected some appropriate products below:

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