Take a Moment To Relax
One can argue the true cornerstone to any great workout routine. Some will say it is the lifting itself, others will say it is the diet. Some will even say it is rest that is most influential in growth. I myself find it hard to place an order of importance on these items, but one simple fact remains, you cannot function on any productive level if you are stressed and not well rested.
Being stressed can really take its toll on the body. When you get stressed your body engages the fight or flight response and enters a state of alertness. At this time Adrenaline is released, raising your blood pressure, heart rate and overall energy. Also released is Cortisol. Cortisol is the primary stress hormone which increases glucose in the bloodstream and suppresses the digestive system and growth process by means of suppressed thyroid function.
Our world is extremely hectic. We tend to cram so much into our daily lives that there is usually very little wiggle room for change or errors. As such, people today are generally more stressed for prolonged periods of time. Relaxation must be achieved to keep these levels at bay.
Similarly, you want to get plenty of good quality sleep. Your body grows while you sleep. This is when protein synthesis occurs and the body releases most of its growth hormone. There are several stages of sleep and these can only be achieved by sleeping uninterrupted for certain lengths of time. At the very least you should be getting seven hours of good sleep.
Did you know that sleep deprivation has been shown to lower levels of Leptin – the appetite control hormone? Research has shown that sleep deprived people eat more and tend to crave the bad stuff, regardless of caloric intake.
2011 ABA Natural Illinois Bodybuilding, Fitness, and Figure Championships
2nd Place Novice Short Class
3rd Place Open Short Class
2011 NGA Heart of America Natural Classic
1st Place Novice Lightweight
1st Place Open Lightweight
1st Place OVERALL NOVICE
2011 NANBF Probody Solutions Natural
1st Place Open Short Class
2011 NGA Titan Classic
OVERALL OPEN MEN WINNER – PRO CARD AWARDED
2012 NGA Heart of America Natural Classic
3rd Place Professional
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JC was born and raised in Melbourne, Australia. He now resides in Bloomington, IL and works as a private detective for a prominent PI firm out of Chicago. JC studied Criminal Justice at Illinois State University. He is married with four children. Besides his family, JC’s greatest passion in life is bodybuilding and fitness – a hobby he picked up in college.
JC has been bodybuilding for roughly four years and started competing in 2011. He has a short but impressive competitive resume. To date he has competed in five drug tested bodybuilding competitions, earning his Pro Card in August, 2011. He is recognized as a Professional Natural Bodybuilder by the National Gym Association (NGA).
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