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 General Issues in Training: Designing Training Specificity
for the Athlete & Fitness Enthusiast

The Fitness Enthusiast: Fitness enthusiasts, on the other hand, exercise then deprive their nutritional replenishment as they are "appearance oriented". Anorexic tendencies from slight to extreme are propagated by the obsession of obtaining and maintaining low levels of body fat. Fitness enthusiasts often never replete themselves of the nutrition they need for exercise, and starve their bodies of essential calories. Although nutrition intrigues them, often times fitness enthusiasts haven’t a clue as to what to take and when to take it. It’s easy to pick up a magazine one month, read an article about some magic pill, run out an buy it, consume it like a madman for a few weeks, then switch to another substance before the original bottle is empty just because another article shifted your thinking. Nutrition only works its magic when consistently followed, and the good news is the results get better with time. The adaptogens and ergogenics substances I mentioned above might take 3-6 months for them to display their health-promoting physique-altering benefits.

This Chart illustrates how the various training phases might appear while channeling energies for "PEAK" performances. Each phase length and percentage is dependant on the nature of the sport itself and the individual characteristics of the athlete. PHASE1 generally includes basic conditioning and sports prerequisite and concentrating on the refinement of anatomical weaknesses. PHASE2 generally includes more intense activities, gradually preparing the athlete for the next phase. PHASE3 is the most specific of all phases. Athletes undergo intense specific application training, replicates their actual. PHASE4 is the recuperation period which recovers the athlete's exertion and heals injuries.

Suggested Nutritional Supplements
Category Ingredient/s Effects Suggested Use
Adaptogens Pantocrine Hormonal, Immune system, Recuperation from tissue damage Before & after workouts
ErgogenicsInner-GMuscle & Mental EnergyBefore workouts
Hyper-TrophicProtein shuttling agent, Glucose shuttling agentBefore & after workouts
Complete RecoveryGlycogen ReplenishmentDuring & after workouts
Protein NitroteinPrevents muscle wasting, Positive Nitrogen BalanceFrequent Daily feedings
Anti-OxidantEster-CFree-Radical fighterWith meals 3-5 grams daily

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John Abdo JOHN ABDO is regarded world wide as an authority on life motivation, health, fitness and athletic conditioning. As a former Olympic trainer, John has trained numerous Olympic and World-Class athletes, including Bonnie......more
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