Supplement Guide: Glutamine

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What is it?

  • Glutamine is an amino acid that helps with the production of muscle. Its a naturally occurring amino that’s already in your body. Not just glutamine, but all amino acids are the building blocks of protein. Its mainly known as a sport supplement to help with recovery, but has been show to improve the immune system, help with illnesses and help wit people who have gone through surgeries.

Some foods Glutamine is in include:

  • Milk
  • Beef
  • Peanuts
  • Pork
  • Cabbage
  •  Spinach
  • Soy
  • Yogurt
  • Chicken
  • Parsley
  • Egg Whites

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Using it for Sports Performance:

  • When you start training or even working out a lot, your body’s natural stores of glutamine begin to diminish. Therefor supplementation will help your replenish that amino along with aiding in recovery.  Its also been shown to help with cortisol levels, because cortisol has been known to break down muscles. So replenishing glutamine if you’re working out a lot is ideal.

How much should I take?

  • There are many types to take including pills, liquid, and powder forms. There also is usually BCAA (Branch Chain Amino Acids) and Glutamine in protein powders already, so depending on how much your working, how clean your eating and your lifestyle … the amount in their might be enough. The average recommendation is around 5 grams 2 or 3 times a day.
  • Personally I would judge it on how you feel too, if your SUPER sore, take a little extra and so on so forth.

I like to take it with every protein shake I make within the day (usually 2-3 shakes a day…and I use the powder form for this and just mix it in). I also take 3 grams at night (capsule form). When you’re sleeping or resting, its easier for your body to heal and recover.. that’s why its good to take towards the end of the day. =)

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Workout #1 (Chest, Legs, Abs, Triceps) Competition Prep (MONTH 1 )

So as you guys know, I’m training for my first fitness competition! So excited/nervous haha! This is one of my workouts I do on top of an hour or cardio. This usually takes me around an hour to complete too. (meaning 2 hrs total) Try to have minimal rest time between everything too.

Also, I mix up the sets too. Like #1 says bench press, then over on the right side, (in the parenthesis is a cardio move), so I do one set of the bench press, 11 “reps”. then Jump rope 30 seconds in between each rep.

So it looks like this basically :

Bench press (11 reps) Jump rope 30s. Bench press (11 reps) Jump rope 30s. Bench press (11 reps) Jump rope 30s. …. Making 3 “sets”. Next , Pec Fly (15 reps) Mountain Climbers 30 seconds, Pec Fly (15 reps) Mountain Climbers 30 seconds, Pec Fly (15 reps) Mountain Climbers 30 seconds.. So on and so forth.

Workout                                                                   Sets x Reps                                      Mixed Cardio

1. Bench Press                                                             3 x 9-11                                         (Jump Rope 30s )

2. Pec Fly                                                                       3 x 12-15                                       (Mountain Climbers 30s)

3. Leg Raises                                                                8R x 20s (10s Rest)

4. Smith-Machine Squats                                           3 x 9-11

5. Lying Leg Curls                                                        3 x 9-11                                           (Squat Jumps x 11)

6. Leg Extensions                                                         3 x 12-15                                        (Step Ups 30s)

7. Tight Crunches                                                        8R x 20s (10s Rest)

8. Lying Skull Crushers                                               3 x 9-11                                            (Step Ups 30s)

9. Bench Dips                                                               3 x 12-15                                          (Jump Rope 30s)

10. MB Side Twist                                                        8R x 20s (10s Rest)

Key:

Reps are the number of times you do the exercise. Example 9 to 11 reps, so lifting 9 to 11 times.

Sets are the number of times you complete the rep. So 3 “sets” of 9-11 “reps”

s = seconds

8R x20s   = 8 rounds (do 8 times) for 20 seconds with only 10 seconds of rest

MB = medicine ball.