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Five Poor Ways To Build Muscle- The Gentlemen’s Curb Plus Male Influencer

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To be honest, I am a novice when it comes to fitness. I am happy to admit that I am learning. It is important as a man of size, especially in fitness to become as knowledgeable as possible. I also recognize the importance of fitness.  There are lots of different ways to build muscle, but not all of them are healthy. If you’ve been trying to bulk up, here are a few strategies that you should avoid like the plague along with some advice on what you should do instead.

 

Dirty Bulking

 

In order to repair and build your muscles after a workout, you need to consume more calories each day. Too many people think that this gives them a license to pig out on junk food. Whilst this junk food is full of calories that could help you to bulk up at first, in the long run, you could find that you’re building more fat than muscle. This food also isn’t good for you heart and arteries and could cause cardiovascular problems in the future including strokes and heart attacks. You’re far better off trying a diet such as this Jason Ferruggia meal plan that uses natural fats and unrefined carbs.

 

Starving Yourself

People that are overweight and looking to build muscle may attempt to starve themselves whilst working out. Most commonly this will fail, resulting in weight loss but no muscle gain. In other cases it may work – the few calories you’re getting could be going into muscle repair, however, this could result in the rest of your body not getting the nutrients it needs. Starving yourself should never be the solution. You’re better off keeping your calorie intake high, but eating more healthy calories and limiting fat.

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Singling out muscles

If you’re trying to focus on your arms or your chest, it’s important to still exercise other muscle groups. Singling out certain muscles won’t just lead to a lack of symmetry – it could put a strain on joints and ligaments. The most common and joked about an example of this is focusing wholly on upper body strength and not the legs. By skipping leg day, you could actually damage your hips and knees as your legs won’t be strong enough to support your upper body.    

 

Taking Steroids

 

Taking steroids isn’t just cheating. Whilst these drugs do help you to build muscle, they can also have negative health side effects. They’ve been commonly linked to causing infertility and insomnia, as well as causing people to take on features of the opposite gender. Women have been known to grow more body hair and have lower voices, whilst mean have been known to develop breast tissue. Steroid abuse is becoming increasingly more frowned upon with bodybuilding bloggers such as Erny Peibst outing and shaming culprits who turn to steroids. You’re far better off naturally building muscle – it’s much harder, but you won’t have to deal with the side effects and it will be more mentally rewarding rather than something you’re secretly ashamed of.  

 

Relying on supplements

 

Supplements such as creatine and protein shakes can help you build muscle. However, relying too heavily on them can have side effects. Not only is it more expensive than natural dieting, you could cause overdoses of certain nutrients. Vitamin E is found in many bodybuilding supplements and less so in natural foods – whilst it can help with bodybuilding, it could also have the side effect of thinning the blood if you consume too much. Take supplements in moderation and don’t use them wholly as an alternative to dieting.

 

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Preworkout Rituals- The Gentlemen’s Curb Plus Male Blogger

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Pre-Workout Rituals For Men Of Size

As men of size, we have to take the appropriate methods to prepare to work out. We are larger than most, so we have to approach fitness differently.  Preparation prior to your workout is imperative!  A sloppy preparation result in sloppy execution, which can lead to uninspired training sessions, injury, or a lack of mental motivation to carry you through the workout.  If you’ve heard of the term ‘hangry’ which combines the words hungry and angry to perfectly describe the sensation of feeling angry due to being hungry,  you will understand the effect of not eating can have on our mental mood and physical performance.  These pre-workout rituals are here to point you in the right direction to having a fulfilling and effective workout.

 

FUEL YOUR BODY

The timing of your pre-workout meal, snack or even a supplement such as 1st Phorm depends on your unique digestion and metabolism.  In general, it’s recommended you don’t eat solid food two hours before working out in order to avoid a sudden build up lactic acid known as ‘the stitch’ which is particularly important if you’re considering incorporating swimming into your workout, as you’re more likely to get cramp if you eat prior to getting in the pool.  That said, you need to make sure you fuel your body prior to the workout as otherwise, you’ll feel lightheaded, lethargic, and unmotivated.

 

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HYDRATE

It’s important to remain hydrated throughout your workout, but the keyword that is often overlooked here remains.  It’s imperative you are hydrated prior to doing your workout.  The American College of Sports Medicine recommends an amount of 20 ounces of water prior to exercise, however, what you don’t want to do is start downing water immediately before you train, as the bathroom breaks are going to distract and disrupt your workout – the trick with water is to drink little and often throughout the day to ensure a general state of hydration.  In keeping yourself hydrated you’ll be less likely to suffer muscle cramps both during your workout and afterward. 

 

 

PRE-WORKOUT SUPPLEMENTS

The majority of pre-workout supplements contain caffeine and amino acids that help your veins and arteries dilate, which increases blood flow, so you’ll want to take it around thirty minutes prior to your workout so that you’ll be in a peak state of alertness for your actual workout.  A natural alternative to a caffeinated drink such as Red Bull is to have a glass of water and banana – it’ll give you a natural kick of energy that won’t be quite as sharp in terms of its peak and trough.

 

MANAGE YOUR STATE

You’ll have likely heard a term referring to how the mind controls the body, meaning your mental state has a lot of power over how your body performs within the workout, which brings us onto the notion of “state”.  It is generally accepted that people have different emotional states that are triggered by stimuli; some of these states are helpful and contribute to our growth whilst others limit us.  If you’re starting your workout feeling it’s a chore then you’re going to get limited results – because when you feel something is a chore it doesn’t put you in a mental state where you want to go all out.

 

Think of how footballers and even sumo wrestlers have a pre-game ritual which is all about getting themselves into the right mental state to perform at their peak.  Whatever this is for you, decide on a trigger such as a song or a particular movement that conditions your nervous system to perform at its peak.

 

So, there’s some food for thought for your next workout.  In summary, make sure you fuel your body with food and water, consider taking something to help your body focus and cope with the strain it’s about to face and develop a positive mental state. It’s The Gentlemen’s Curb a lifestyle blog where fashion meets fitness in a BIG way. 

 

 

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Give Your Work Out A Push- Gentlemen’s Curb Big And Tall Influencer

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Give Your Work Out A Push

When you initially start out on a fitness kick, you naturally want to achieve results as quickly as possible. Whether you have gained a few pounds due to the colder winter weather or have lost the high level of fitness that you were so proud of because of a lack of time, getting back on the horse, so to speak, is not always easy to do.

 

However, if you know that you are going to see results quickly, getting your fitness back on track becomes much easier, because you feel more motivated to work hard and achieve the results that you want.

 

Bearing that in mind, below are some suggestions for powering up your workouts and getting stronger faster

How to get fitter quicker

 

Sadly, you can’t pop a pill, and all of a sudden be fit as a fiddle, our bodies don’t work that way.

You need to be willing to work hard and stay consistent. To get fit, you need to focus on eating the right foods and doing the best type of cardio.

 

First things, be smart about what you are eating. Aim to eat a low-fat diet that is free from processed foods and high in natural, wholesome foods and protein. The leaner your food is, the better it will be for your workouts. To improve your fitness level and reach your goals faster, you need to limit the unhealthy foods.

As for your workouts, how you workout also can have an impact. One of the best ways to get fitter more quickly is to use HIIT – high-intensity interval training. For good health, adults need 150 minutes of aerobic exercise each week, but if you want to get fit faster, then you may want to double this up. Compared to traditional cardio, HIIT burns more fat and calories, making it the ideal option for anyone who wants to get in shape more quickly. HIIT alternates between high-level activities and periods of rest, which is what makes it such an effective method.

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Ways to build muscle more quickly

 

When it comes to building muscle fast, there are plenty of hacks that you can take advantage of and use to speed the process up.

 

These include eating plenty of carbohydrates, protein, and good fats, such as avocado. If you don’t feed your body with the right foods, you will struggle to improve your strength and build muscle growth.

 

As well as eating well, using supplements to aid muscle growth, Tribulus Terrestris supplements, for instance, can help to speed up the process. Of course, supplements aren’t a magical fix, in order for them to work, you need to work. This means working out on a regular basis and pushing yourself to do more – without pushing yourself too far – each time.

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The fact is that improving your fitness levels and strength is never going to be a process that happens overnight. However, that being said, there are steps that you can take to speed up the process and get in shape faster.

It’s the Gentlemen’s Curb a lifestyle blog where fashion meets fitness in a BIG way.

 

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Bad Rhino’s Burgundy- Gentlemen’s Curb Plus Male Influencer

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Greetings, The Gentlemen’s Curb is the the lifestyle location for men of size. And I have somethings that I want to share with you. The Autumn season is finally here. For a while many folks in New York City were complaining about the cold, I  wasn’t. I am a summer baby, warm weather is my place of comfort. But, I have to be realistic, the seasons don’t operate on my feelings.  However, burgundy is one the essential colors for autumn. So, I had to head to Bad Rhino, who has become one of my go to stores for men of size.

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To be honest, I don’t mind the brisk weather to work out.  I am a 300 pound man who is trying to make healthier life choices. At times the gym gets overcrowded and I get tired of the awkward stares when I work out. So, I head to New York City’s playground to put some work in. I know that Bad Rhino has some athletic wear for men of size. It’s exciting.

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As a man of size, it’s rare to find comfortable clothes to work out in. Usually, there are many restrictions in clothing. At times I felt as if I were trapped in. Imagine waking up being trapped in a blanket, that’s how a lot of athletic wear fits me.  Bad Rhino’s athletic wear did the job for me. 

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Bad Rhino’s athletic wear definitely passed the test. Believe me, I made sure that the clothing was not only my size, but a great quality. There wasn’t much restriction, the clothes were lite and allowed to get the work I needed to get done.

Leave a comment and let us know what are your thoughts on Bad Rhino clothing? What are your thoughts of men of size working out? As a man of size, what are your favorite form of exercise. Leave a comment below or email us kavah.king@gentlemenscurb.com. It’s the Gentlemen’s Curb a lifestyle blog where fashion meets fitness in a BIG way.

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