Typically, when an individual thinks of the word “more”, they automatically associated with being better. Most of the time, that’s correct. However, it can mean the opposite in the gym. You’ve been spending countless hours at the gym in an attempt to build muscle and you just aren’t seeing the results you want. So you spend more time in the gym. Yet, you’re still not seeing change. It seems to make sense that spending more time in the gym will produce better results. Right? Well, that’s not always the case. Let me explain why.
There is a certain unwritten law I like to follow when my goal is to add muscle. Which is to limit my workout time to 60 minutes. Why? When you workout hard and for a long period of time, your body's natural response is to fight off the stress by producing more cortisol, otherwise known as the stress hormone. In the bodybuilding world, cortisol is synonymous with catabolism (muscle tissue breakdown), and associated with fat storage. These two responses are the exact opposite of what you want to happen. Although a long and brutal workout session here and there won't completely prevent gains, aim to keep most of your workouts around 60 minutes. Another tip I will add is making sure you are providing your body with ETB BCAA’s (branched chain amino acids) during your workout. BCAA’s are a blend of amino acids that promote protein synthesis in the body, increase muscle growth, and help prevent muscle fatigue and breakdown during workouts.
I also suggest fueling your body with a whey protein isolate after your workout is complete. A whey isolate is the highest quality protein out there and is easier for the body to absorb. I personally can’t handle food immediately after a strenuous workout, so replenishing my body and muscles with ETB pure whey isolate is my ‘go-to’ supplement for post workout recovery.