Picking up from where we left off in a previous post, I’m going to share a little-known post-workout secret related to supplementation/nutrition that will catapult the muscle you can gain from each and every workout. A lot of guys tell me they want to pack on as much muscle as they can, but most of them don’t want to do the little things that have a big impact on muscle gains.
So to make sure you don’t do the same as these other bodybuilders, I’m going to share a common mistake I see most bodybuilders making. They don’t take advantage of the most important “window of opportunity” to build muscle mass…The post-workout meal. You may have heard of the importance of taking a post-workout meal before. Many “experts” say that as long as you take a meal containing carbohydrates and protein within 90 minutes after your workout you’ll be using this “window of opportunity” for muscle growth.
I disagree. Why would you wait so long for the most critical time of your recovery and muscle growth? Cortisol is rapidly rising right after the workout and if you don’t do something to put a stop to it…it’s going to eat away at your muscle gains.
To stop cortisol from rising here’s what you need to do:
Immediately after your last set, grab your bottle of water and down at least 10 to 15 capsules of Nitrobol. Take 20 capsules if you’re over 200 pounds. If you don’t have Nitrobol, then you can use BCAA’s (branched-chain amino acids), but the effect won’t be as potent. If you’re using BCAA’s then you need to take about 15 to 20 GRAMS (not milligrams).
The Nitrobol will hit your bloodstream within 8 to 12 minutes and will be rushed to the areas pumped with blood. This will contribute to faster recovery which means faster size and strength gains. Then about 10 to 15 minutes after you take the Nitrobol, you should drink your post-workout shake. This shake should contain high-glycemic carbohydrates and protein.
Why high-glycemic carbs?
- Insulin and cortisol are antagonistic, meaning when your insulin levels are high, cortisol is driven out of your body. This tilts your testosterone to cortisol ratio in favor of testosterone. This is a good thing.
- If you’ve done a hard workout, your muscles will be depleted of glycogen because you used it for energy during your workout. Your muscles are literally screaming for some carbohydrates right after the workout. They will quickly absorb the carbs so it’s important to get them into your body as fast as possible while the absorption rate is maximized.
High glycemic carbs do just that… get to your muscles quickly to replenish glycogen stores. Waxy-maize and maltodextrin are great sources for this purpose. While your body is in this quick uptake mode, you can use insulin release from high glycemic carbs to shuttle other anabolic nutrients like Nitrobol into your muscle cells exactly when it is needed most… right after your workout.