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Vitamins and Supplements / Re: What's Your Take on L-Glutamine?
« on: February 12, 2012, 06:55:23 PM »
L-Glutamine is great at repairing smooth muscle tissue (intestines, esophagus).

However you do need to take quite a bit of it to really see the benefits. 

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Recipes and meal photos / Re: Lettuce Wraps
« on: February 12, 2012, 06:53:09 PM »
Love lettuce wraps!

Especially in the summer time.

The lettuce wraps from California Pizza Kitchen are good.  They are simple to make over the summer.  Just fry up some chicken with some Thai sauce and you are good to go!

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Diet and nutrition / Re: Whey Protein
« on: February 12, 2012, 06:50:22 PM »
Whey protein and Casein would both be out on this diet.

You would probably benefit from egg white or pea protein.

Jay Robb has some good tasting egg white protein.

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Exercises / Re: P90X2
« on: February 12, 2012, 06:48:37 PM »
The P90x program is a classic example of overtraining.  You are putting your body under such heavy stress for 5 days a week, then stretch it out on Saturdays. 

Also, when you stop doing P90x, your body is now accustomed to the workouts and that level of intensity.  People who stop the program and return to "normal" activity, tend to put the weight back on at a faster pace.

I have seen this first hand with people I work with.  They looked great when they were on the program, then about a month after they stopped, they put the weight right back on.

It really all comes down to your diet, 15 minutes of intense exercising 3x a week, and watching your cortisol levels.

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Exercises / Re: Alternatives to squats?
« on: February 12, 2012, 06:44:41 PM »
Try and get hold of a copy of starting strenght by Mark Rippletoe.  It has a great description of how to perform squats properly.

It will make different bits of you hurt and ache for a while, but the gains in total body strength as worth it in the long run.

Yeah this is a great program.  The book goes into great detail and picks out all common mistakes. 

I have a hard time doing squats with my sciatic nerve, so recently I have been just doing leg press instead. 

You might want to also work on your shoulder flexibility.  This way when you squat you can get the bar further down.  I know it is hard at first, but if you stick with it you will get there.

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