Your Training Q&A: Conditioning Exercises, Best Weight Gainer, and More!
The internet is the world’s worst and yet greatest invention. In one instance, you have a wealth of information right there at your fingertips. On the other hand, too much of anything is a bad thing, and it can be hard to sift through the good, bad, and the ugly the internet has to offer.
But fear not – because UEFP (Upper Echelon Fitness and Performance) is here to answer all things training related. In this piece we’re going to discuss conditioning exercises, weight gainers, and tiny little devices that allegedly tell you how to get in shape. Let’s get to it!
- I hear you talk all the time about conditioning – what is it and what are some of the best conditioning exercises you can recommend?
Conditioning is all about doing a lot of work in a short period of time. You’re either moving your own bodyweight through space at a high intensity or doing something with an implement, like pulling, scooping, pushing, or squatting. Traditional walking or jogging is missing out on what conditioning provides us with, which forces our muscles and cardiovascular system to work in sync to perform some form of mechanical work (i.e. physical labor). Sprinting is a great form of conditioning, but here are some other examples:
- I’d like to put on some muscle. Is there a weight gainer you can recommend?
Gaining muscle requires a calorie surplus. While many of us are trying to find ways to eat a little less to get leaner, those looking to gain muscle need to know where to sneak calories in. Weight gainers promise to add in a lot of calories in just a scoop of powder.
Probably the best mass gainer out there would be just whole food. Since it’s less processed than your traditional weight gainer, your body is more likely to be able to break the food down appropriately. Most weight gainers are a combination of cheap proteins, medium chain triglycerides (a form of fat) and maltodextrin for carbohydrates. Maltodextrin is a great carbohydrate source to use post-workout, but eating it throughout the day could spell trouble for your waistline. You’d be better off adding sweet potatoes, heavy whipping cream, or an extra protein shake throughout the day.
Keep in mind too that building muscle is not only about eating a calorie surplus but also about nutrient timing. You can do a lot more for yourself by using a peri-workout (what you consume during a workout) drink rather than simply eating a ton of food.
- Do you have your clients use any fitness apps, or wear something like a fitbit?
Fitness apps may be all the rage, but they’re not necessary to get in shape. All variables of my clients meal planning and training program are monitored, therefore both the client and I know what to expect as the weeks go by.
Calorie counting is pretty useless, especially if you don’t know what to look for or how the body responds to protein, carbs, and fat. So apps that track calories are out. The only reason to wear one would be to monitor your heart rate during a session, should you choose to do that.
There you go – another Training Q and A in the bag. Keep the questions coming. If you’re curious about something, feel free to email your questions at email@example.com.