Are You Stronger Than a Master’s Athlete
Are You Stronger Than A Master’s Athlete?
The title of this post refers to the question: “Is it possible to become stronger than a master’s athlete?” This question was asked by several people. Some of them are professional athletes, some are just regular guys with a passion for training. They all have different opinions on this topic.
So let us try to answer these questions: Is it possible to become stronger than a master’s athlete?
Yes, but it requires a lot of hard work and dedication. No, it isn’t possible.
What does this mean exactly?
Well, if you want to become strong enough to compete at the highest level then you need to train like one. You need to dedicate yourself 100% every single day. That means no days off! If you don’t do so, your strength will decrease over time and eventually you won’t be able to perform at your best anymore.
If you’re not sure how much effort is required to reach the top, here are some examples from various sports:
– American football players usually spend 6 hours a day practicing their skills. (Source) – Basketball players typically play 5-6 hours per game. (Source) – Soccer players often practice 3-4 times per week. (Source) – Swimming competitors must swim at least 50 laps each session.
(Source) – Professional Boxers spend at least 2 hours a day training. (Source)
As you can see, it takes a lot of time and dedication to become an elite athlete in any sport. If you’re not willing to make these sacrifices then you probably won’t ever be stronger than a master’s athlete no matter how much you train.
Now the next question is: Can the average 40-year old guy become as strong as a master’s athlete?
Can The Average 40-Year Old Man Become As Strong As A Master’s Athlete? The average 40-year old can certainly become strong enough to be competitive in strength sports such as powerlifting and weightlifting. He can also get strong enough to perform well in Crossfit. (Although he won’t be able to compete with the top tier Crossfit athletes because most of them are in their 20’s and 30’s).
In order to get to this level, the average 40-year old man will have to:
– Eat at least 4,000 calories per day. – Get at least 8 hours of sleep every night. – Never miss a workout. (This means no days off!)
Now some people might say that this is very demanding. That’s certainly true. But if you really want to become stronger than a master’s athlete then this is what you need to do.
It’s important to note that you shouldn’t get discouraged if you can’t reach your goals right away. Everyone has to start somewhere and it will take time for you to adjust to this kind of training. Don’t get frustrated and always stay motivated!
The last thing you want to do is injure yourself because you were too impatient. Also, once you’re done with your workout, it’s very important that you eat a large meal as soon as you can. This will help your muscles recover and grow so that you can get even stronger.
Your training schedule should look something like this:
MON TUE WED THURS FRI SAT SUN Week 1 Powerlifting Powerlifting Powerlifting Rest Week 2 Weightlifting Rest Weightlifting Week 3 Rest Rest Powerlifting Rest Week 4 Weightlifting Rest Weightlifting
As you can see, on weeks with lifting, you only train that specific exercise. For example, on powerlifting days you would only do the squat, bench press and deadlift. You can pick which exercises you want to focus on but these three are recommended because they’re the biggest mass builders.
On the rest days you can do whatever you want, but I suggest that you go to the gym and at least do some cardio. It doesn’t have to be for very long, even an hour a week will make a big difference. If you’re really pressed for time then just do some light stretching and walking.
Here are some videos of the Big 3:
The deadlift is a very basic movement but many people do it incorrectly. Don’t forget to keep your back straight (slightly arched) and lift with your legs, not your back.
The bench press is a great pectorial exercise but many people hurt their shoulders by not protecting it. Don’t arch your back or you’ll injure your spinal column. Also, don’t press straight up; instead, tuck your elbows towards your sides.
The squat is considered to be the king of all exercises because it works nearly every muscle in your body. Just make sure to keep your back straight and bend your knees only.
These three exercises alone will get you very far so there’s no need to do any extra leg work. Trust me; I’ve been doing these for years and I’m perfectly satisfied with my gains.
As I said, on the rest days you can do as little or as much as you want. Some people like to go to the gym and work on things like cardio, flexibility and stretching. This is fine as long as you’re not overdoing it.
Other people prefer to spend their rest days attending a class or hanging out with friends because they find that this keeps them motivated and cuts down on workout boredom. This is also an excellent idea and will make your workouts more enjoyable. Just don’t fall into the trap of socializing so much that you never get around to working out!
One more thing I’d like to bring up is the subject of motivation. There will be days when you don’t want to go to the gym. Sometimes you’ll just feel lazy and unmotivated. I have a few tips for staying motivated:
Always set a time for working out. If you know that you have to be at the gym at 4pm then you’ll never have an excuse for not going (unless, of course, something really does come up). If you don’t have a set time then you’ll come up with an excuse not to go since you don’t want to feel rushed or pressure.
Visualize your success. Before going to the gym, take a minute to close your eyes and visualize yourself having a great workout. See yourself lifting the maximum amount of weight possible and completing your sets and reps with ease. This will put you in a positive and motivated state of mind.
A man can survive for weeks without food but mere days without water.
The human body is made up of flesh and blood. The flesh is weak and prone to frailty but the blood is strong and carries the legacy of our ancestors which beats proudly in our veins.
But what powers the blood?
The food that we eat, of course. Food gives us the energy we need to live, to work and to conquer. A man cannot survive on blood alone and over-consumption of it can lead to cardiac arrest.
Without food, the heart will cease to beat and the passion that burns within us will be extinguished. When we have achieved great things and our hearts begin to grow tired, it is the blood that replenishes us and allows us to keep going.
Eat food and strong blood, live long!
Eat too much, digest slowly and decay quickly!
There are different types of nutrients but the main ones are carbohydrates, lipids and protein.
Carbohydrates are organic compounds which humans consume in the form of sugars, fruits, vegetables and other plant matter. The body breaks these down into glucose and uses them as an immediate source of energy. Excess glucose is stored in the liver and muscles for later use.
Glucose is converted to energy with the help of oxygen (this is known as cellular respiration). The energy released is stored until it is needed. If there is an excess of oxygen then it will be converted to ATP (adenosine triphosphate) which is a molecule that stores the energy. The ATP can then be broken down for use as needed.
The energy in ATP is used for just about everything within the body from the simplest task to the most complex. Without it, we would be unable to do much of anything.
Proteins are organic compounds which make up the muscles, organs and other important parts of the body. They are composed of amino acids which are linked together in a chain and have a basic molecular structure.
The average person needs around 0.8 grams of protein per pound of body weight. When working out, however, this number can double or even triple since the body is repairing muscle tissue. If you don’t get enough protein then your body won’t be able to rebuild the damaged muscle tissue which means it won’t grow.
Fat is a good source of energy and vitality but it is often neglected since it is more common to associate it with one’s love handle.
Good sources of fat are avocados, coconuts, nuts of all kinds, olives and soybeans.
The human body can store fat for later use if there is an abundance of it in the diet. This is why it is possible to gain weight even when consuming a lot of food.
Too much fat is unhealthy since it can clog up the arteries and slow down or stop the flow of blood. As a result, organs will not be able to function properly and this could lead to death.
Carbohydrates, lipids and Proteins.
These three nutrients are the main food groups that keep human beings alive and without them we would not be able to survive for very long.
Without carbohydrates our bodies would lack the energy that they need to perform even the most basic of daily tasks.
Proteins are used to build and repair body tissue so without them we would eventually suffer severe muscle degeneration and we would not be able to grow stronger.
Fats are an important source of energy and if we didn’t have them then our bodies would lack the vitality and endurance that they need to perform even the most basic of daily tasks.
Without these nutrients we would not be able to survive for very long.
But that is no excuse to not live a healthy lifestyle!
The human body is capable of so much when it is working properly and with the right kind of care, support and nutrition, it can live for many fruitful years.
Just make sure you eat right and stay active and you will have nothing to worry about!
Thanks for taking the time to read this.
Keep being awesome!
I’m off to work now so I’ll see you later.
See you later.
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