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Q: What do you do for a warm up when you weight train?
A: We’ve learned so much about warm ups thanks to recent scientific studies. Long gone are the days of pure static stretching as a warm up. When it comes to warming up for a weight training workout, I like to begin with ~5 minutes of some form of cardio warm up to get the muscles going…a lap around the gym or a few minutes are usually my go-tos. Then, as I move into the weight training, I always begin a given exercise with a warm up set before moving into a work set. For example, if I’m going to do a barbell back squat, I may start with 15 reps using just the bar as a warm up set. Then, I will increase the weight as I move into a challenging work set.
Q: Is it okay to have carbs after dinner?
A: This question tells me you have a great sense of nutrition, and particularly, carbohydrate timing! When it comes to carbs, we should retrain our brains to view them as energy for our workouts and our day. The body loves to metabolize carbs as fuel; however, if we are more sedentary, such as on an off day from the gym or such as later in the day, we don’t expend as much energy and our bodies don’t require lots of carbs. If you’re working out later in the day or active in the evening, I would still enjoy carbs later into the evening; however, in general, I like to taper carbs throughout the day! You can find the exact way I manipulate carbohydrates throughout the day to optimize results in the LG Meal Plan on page 17 of Eat Your Way Lean! Don’t forget, you can get the special challenge price, HERE
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