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Quick Tips for Beginner Bodybuilders

Quick Tips for Beginner Bodybuilders

Check your social media feeds on any given day, and you’re sure to see someone make a post about going to the gym, taking a hike, or trying out a new diet. If it seems like everyone you know is trying to get fit, it’s because they are. Over the last decade, the number of people with a gym membership has increased by more than 33%. The market for commercial weight-loss products and programs grew by nearly a half-billion dollars from 2016 to 2017. Americans everywhere are focused on changing their health and wellness habits and getting in shape.

But they’re not always successful. Even as the market for and number of gyms increases, Americans’ fitness levels are still low. There are obvious factors that contribute to this, like the easy availability of fast food, increased levels of stress and falling hours of sleep, and medications that have the side effect of weight gain. But there are also less obvious reasons. The same social media feeds that are flooded with images of people lifting weights can also intimidate others from going in the first place.

Axis Labs is committed to helping our customers build the best version of themselves. More than just providing high-quality sports and nutrition supplements, we also provide resources that you can use to get fit. So close that Facebook tab and dive into these quick tips for beginner bodybuilders.

Check-In with Your Doctor First

If you haven’t been to a doctor’s office for a while, probably the best first step you can make in starting your bodybuilding journey is to set up an appointment with your care provider. Even if you’re not sick or feeling unwell, your doctor will have some recommendations about diet and exercise that is tailored to your unique health history.

Not only that, but having a sense of where you are healthwise provides you with concrete datasets that you can measure as you get fit. As for tests to measure your cholesterol, triglycerides, blood pressure, glucose, and bone density. As you make progress, you can have these metrics measured again to see your changes over time.

Establish a Regular Training Schedule and Plan

Going to the gym just to be there isn’t doing you and your bodybuilding work any favors. You need to follow a routine that you carry out during every trip to the gym. You can find a variety of plans online, or you can work with a personal trainer or employee at the gym to establish a routine.

Set a few days each week that you’ll go and work out and stay disciplined about it. This will help you make exercising a habit and will prevent you from slacking off or creating excuses to go. Not only that, but following an exercise schedule keeps you from over-exercising, and ensures that you get adequate rest which helps your body recover.

Set Goals for Yourself

If you’re just getting started in bodybuilding, it’s likely that you’ve already got some goals in mind. But those goals are only useful if they’re SMART. Make sure your goals are Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Timely. When goals have all of these elements, you’re more likely to achieve them. You should plan on having several goals that you create and complete throughout your bodybuilding journey. Your goals will change in response to your progress and your interest.

Make Smart Dieting Decisions

Professional bodybuilders and sports nutrition experts alike all agree that diet is just as critical a part of the bodybuilding experience as exercise is. An easy thing you can do is to cut back on processed sugars and pre-packaged foods. While they might be convenient and tasty, they aren’t great for you.

Instead, focus on getting lots of vegetables and fruits and prioritize protein. Protein is a vital part of building muscle, and when you work out more, you’ll need more of it. If you’re looking to change up your eating habits, check out our blog series on the ketogenic diet. Axis Labs is a fan of this diet plan, as it encourages your body to burn the fats it’s stored up. This low-carb, high-fat diet can help you lose weight, which makes your muscle gains all the more apparent.

Remember that Rest is Required

It’s easy to get caught up in the excitement of bodybuilding, especially when you notice improvements soon after starting. As a result, some beginner bodybuilders fail to offer their bodies the rest they desperately need. Instead, they over-exercise, which can lead to injuries that can throw off your bodybuilding schedule.

The end goal is for sustainable, deliberate growth of your muscles and strength, and part of that process is resting regularly. If you’re feeling motivated, you can take “active recovery days” that still allow you to rest fully but give you the satisfaction of staying active.

Use the Right Supplements

Using sports supplements is a great way to optimize your efforts in the gym, and enhance the effects of your dieting. For instance, some supplements are designed to help your body recover more quickly from exercises, like Branched Chain Amino Acids. Others are crafted to help kickstart your body into exercise mode, like pre-workouts. Some, like our testosterone boosters, are meant to help you sustain your gains and help you exercise more effectively at the same time. You can even use supplements like CBD to help with a wide variety of aches, pains, and other issues.

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The History Of The Ketogenic Diet

The History Of The Ketogenic Diet

Fad diets come and go, but some have an enduring appeal that is hard to explain. But when it comes to the ketogenic diet, it’s obvious why it has remained so popular for so long. Its simple, straightforward approach, and excellent host of benefits ensure that people try, and stay on, the ketogenic diet for long periods of time. But the enduring popularity of the ketogenic diet belies its long history. Despite seeing perhaps a peak of interest in Google searches in August of 2018, the ketogenic diet has been a part of human eating habits for hundreds of years. Join Axis Labs as we explore the history of the ketogenic diet!

Ancient Dieting Techniques

Even early civilizations recognized the importance of diet in everyday health and wellness. We know today, thanks to rigorous scientific study, that changes in diet can have a pronounced impact on how we feel. But even in the Hellenistic era, diet was understood to affect us. For instance, the early thinker Pythagoras was well-known for his frequent fasting practices, which he believed enhanced his mental clarity and creativity. Today, we understand that Pythagoras was correct, that fasting can change our brain chemistry in minor ways. Indeed, fasting was seen as the only therapeutic treatment option for epilepsy as recorded in the Hippocratic Collection, a collection of medical practices and ideas collected by the Greek philosopher Hippocrates. Later, in the King James version of the Bible, Jesus is said to have used fasting as a way to treat a boy’s epilepsy. But fasting isn’t exactly the same as the ketogenic diet. However, it can be a part of it. In our beginner’s guide to the keto diet, we noted that you could use fasting as a way to jump-start the ketosis process. That’s because calorie restriction of any kind forces your body to start burning more fats for energy rather than relying on simple carbohydrates and sugars that are easier for the body to burn.

The 20th Century and the Exploration of Ketosis

Centuries later, scientists and researchers again recognized the value of diet on health and wellness. In 1911, a pair of French researchers began using starvation as a treatment option for epilepsy. Gulep and Marie treated 20 adults and children with a fasting diet and found that the seizures were less frequent and less severe while the patients fast. On the other side of the Atlantic ocean, the United States was caught in the throes of perhaps the nation’s first physical fitness craze. Spurred on by larger-than-life characters like Theodore Roosevelt who championed "the vigorous life" of healthy eating and regular exercise, researchers and pseudo-scientists alike advocated for fasting and starvation diets as a way to improve health. In particular, the work of Bernarr Macfadden was influential, as he argued that fasting for three days to three weeks at a time could cure almost any ailment. Macfadden’s work through his fitness magazine, Physical Culture, created an opportunity for Dr. Hugh W. Conklin to start doing legitimate research into fasting and health. Conklin’s work revolved around the effects fasting had on epilepsy, and his results garnered much attention. Other researchers began running similar studies and used diet as a way to improve mental and physical health.

Wilder’s Work

Of course, perhaps the most famous of these early dietary researchers from the early 20th century was Russel Wilder. Working at the Mayo Clinic in 1923, Dr. Wilder was the first to suggest a set dietary plan in order to treat epilepsy. The result was the so-called "Classic Ketogenic Diet." Wilder argued that a 4:1 ratio of fat to protein and carbs was the optimal diet to help lessen the symptoms of epilepsy in children and adults. This 4:1 ratio is seen as the "golden standard" for the classic ketogenic diet. Wilder even went as far to suggest that 90 percent of an individual’s diet should stem from healthy fats, with the remaining 10 percent split between proteins and carbs. Wilder’s diet was met with acclaim. Not only was his method effective in treating epilepsy, but it could also be maintained over a much longer period of time than other starvation or fasting based diets. The classic ketogenic diets reliance on ratios of foods and nutrient sources meant that the diet could be tailored to individual patients to receive the best results. Wilder’s ketogenic diet was widely used in hospitals and healthcare facilities across the country throughout the 1920s and 1930s. It was even commonly printed to medical textbooks up until the 1980s.

The Ketogenic Diet Today

Despite the promising results and frequent use of the ketogenic diet throughout the early and mid-20th Century, the eating plan fell by the wayside starting in the 1970s. But in 1993, a two-year-old boy was admitted to John Hopkins Hospital, plagued by intense and frequent seizures. In a last-chance maneuver, Dr. John M. Freeman and Ms. Millicent Kelly put the boy on the ketogenic diet. Perhaps miraculously, the boy’s seizures disappeared. This rapid recovery led to renewed interest in the ketogenic diet. As more study was poured into the process and benefits of ketosis, the diet began being adopted as an effective strategy to treat a variety of conditions and ailments, even for those who did not suffer from epilepsy. Those with Type 2 diabetes and heart disease have found success in following the ketogenic diet. Perhaps more popularly, the ketogenic diet has been embraced by many as an effective and fast way to lose weight.

Keto Products for Your Healthy Lifestyle

Here at Axis Labs, we’re continuing the fine tradition of research and study into the keto diet that was started long ago. The result of our efforts has been our complete line of keto products and supplements, carefully formulated to help you enter ketosis and stay there longer. We craft all of our products using proven ingredients and a strict formula. The result is a line of keto supplements unrivaled by others on the market. With products like KETORUSH, you can make the most of your dieting efforts. Order your keto products from Axis Labs today!

CLA: The Simple and Effective Way To Lose Weight?

CLA from safflower Axis Labs simple solution to weight loss

When it comes to bodybuilding, or even just living a healthier life, we’re all focused on losing weight, cutting fat, and building muscle. It’s natural to focus on these elements, as they provide that lean, cut appearance that helps us look good and feel better. But even with diet and exercise, sometimes our body needs a little help to lose that extra weight. That’s why Axis Labs has researched fat loss supplements and nutrients for years before we developed our amazing CLA product. By utilizing the natural properties of conjugated linoleic acid, our CLA softgels can help you blast fat and lose weight.

What Is Conjugated Linoleic Acid?

CLA is a form of fatty acid that is naturally found in beef and dairy products. Linoleic acid is a very common form of omega-6 fatty acid that can be found in a variety of foods, including vegetables and meat. This nutrient is formed naturally as animals graze, and then stored in the animal’s muscles and milk. While CLA is a type of polyunsaturated fatty acid, it is technically a trans fat, but because it is a naturally occurring trans fat, found in many healthy foods, it’s not a bad trans fat like the many industrial trans fats that are found in prepackaged or fast foods.

CLA And Fat Loss

When it comes to losing weight and flushing fat out of your body, CLA has been shown to have great potential. It is a rigorously examined supplement, and many studies now suggest that it can result in significant fat loss, as well as improve body composition. In some cases, this results in a reduction in the amount of body fat and an increase in muscle mass. Studies have often found that incorporating CLA into a diet can burn excess fat and decrease the formation of fat deposits which leads to weight loss.

Including CLA In Your Diet

When paired with a healthy diet and regular exercise, CLA has been found to have promising results in reducing fat mass in targeted areas like hips, legs, and waist. As an added benefit, CLA has shown to improve muscle mass. Together, these effects allow individuals to exercise more effectively, as they are in better shape.

Why You Should Use Stimulant-Free Weight Loss Products

Many fat loss supplements rely on stimulants like caffeine to jump start your body and burn fat by providing it extra energy. While this tactic might work for some, it doesn’t work for everyone, and indeed, it comes with a suite of issues that make stimulant-based fat loss supplements less effective. In some cases, including stimulants in a fat loss product may actually have a negative impact on the individual using them. Stimulants of any kind may affect those who live with sleep issues like insomnia. A lack of sleep has been linked to increased weight gain. This is likely because sleep impacts ghrelin and leptin, the hormones that regulate hunger. Those who don’t get enough sleep augment their lack of energy by consuming more calories. Similarly, those who don’t sleep enough are too tired to exercise and gain weight as a result.


Stimulant-based fat loss pills also leave you vulnerable to the dreaded “crash.” We’ve all put back that big cup of coffee in the morning to perk us up and help us crush that office work. But by 2:00 p.m. we’re yawning harder than when we got up. That’s because stimulant fat burners work by releasing a burst of energy throughout the day, replacing the need for you to get your energy from food. While you might find yourself ripping through the day without feeling hungry, when that fat burner wears off, you’ll crash hard, resulting in low energy that keeps you from hitting the gym. Axis Labs’ CLA is stimulant free, meaning that you’ll enjoy the weight loss benefits of our softgels, without that unwanted crashing sensation during the day, or right before your next work out.

Include CLA In Your Health Regimen

Axis Labs uses nothing but the finest of ingredients in precise amounts in a carefully followed formula to create our CLA softgels. Each serving contains 1,000 mg of CLA made from pure safflower oil. With zero calories, CLA ensures that you feel strong and healthy even while you’re dieting. Order your Axis Labs fat loss products today!

 

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