Strength and bulking are old hat at this point, I'm still training for strength but now we're going to talk more about speed, agility, and endurance. Currently, my big goals are to be able to jump higher, run farther, and improve my general foot speed. For jumping higher, I have a long way to go. Fact is, I haven't REALLY trained for a better vertical in years. To remedy that, I'm following a regimen that includes plyometric box jumps, weighted box jumps, using an old school chain driven kangaroo jumper pro machine, and some neat chair drills. I'll have some links at the bottom of this post for more info.
Foot speed right now is mostly consisting of ground ladder work and 5-point dot drills. Again, links at the bottom. It's a basic start I plan to expand on later as I get better at those drills.
Running father, there's no replacement for just running over and over. Currently I run as far as I can manage then hit the elliptical to get in a sort of "cheat extra" to push myself even farther. My biggest enemy right now is lactic acid build-up rather than pure cardio but I've found some really clever solutions to overcome this that you can use as well to instantly run farther. Depending on how much you care about being "natural", you can either run a little farther, or significantly farther. What benefits my heavy ass will benefit you two or even three-fold.
Basically, four things will help you run farther right now, without any additional training whatsoever: dilating your nasal passage, buffering lactic acid, and increasing your mitochondria count, and increasing blood flow/O2 to your muscles. Let's go over how to do each one:
Dilating the Nasal Passage
Too easy. Just get yourself some nasal dilators online - turbines are time tested but others work as well. Just make sure they aren't completely solid as to allow hairs to still come through and filter the air. In addition, a generic nasal spray directly before running/night op will really open the airways further. The more you can breath through your nose and exhale through your mouth in a cyclic manner, the more you can do. Proven FACT in multiple studies. All kinds of problems can come up and cause the nasal passage to be less than optimal, so brute forcing them open when it's time to get serious will make a big difference.
Buffering Lactic Acid
Our bodies already buffer lactic acid using these items, so all we're going to do is exploit the system by supplying the body with ample amounts of them. Those things are sodium bicarbonate, sodium citrate, and beta-alanine. Sodium citrate metabolizes into sodium bicarbonate after ingestion, and although it seems backward to take that instead of just sodium bicarbonate alone, the reality is that it's actually more effective. Your body will get more sodium bicarbonate in it by taking that, which in turn creates a more alkaline environment in the muscles. As you learned in basic science, alkalinity can cancel out acidity - lactic acid. This helps the muscle function longer without suffering acidic breakdown from too much of the stuff. Beta-alanine increases the rate of carnosine production, which also helps to keep the muscles more alkaline. Both can be used together for increased effect and instant increase in function before lactic acid can build up and slow you down!
This is where drugs and money come into play, so you may decide to opt out of this. Basically, the SARMs SR-9009 and Cardarine do not fuck around here and will give you and instant boost of never-ending energy (at least until the drug clears out of your system). We're not talking about a caffeine-like rush here, we're talking child-like energy because your cells will once again go into overdrive supplying you with energy you haven't felt in awhile. On the less hardcore side of this, CoQ-10 and Niagen will do the same thing through different methods. If you combine all four of these, forget about tiring out. At that point lactic acid will be the only thing slowing you down, possibly O2 saturation if you REALLY push yourself too hard. Speaking of...
Increasing Blood Flow and O2 Saturation
O2 is your energy and even though the common thought is that we don't get enough oxygen from our environment, the reality is that we're just super inefficient. Yes, breathing O2 will give you a temporary boost, but you can actually increase how much oxygen your body carries naturally for a far better increase. The first thing is to increase the sheer volume of blood flowing through you. More blood, more O2. The easiest way to do this is to increase your nitric oxide levels. There are heaps of supplements out there that will do this, including horny goat weed. Also, be sure to use l-citrulline malate on top of whatever else you choose, because that will increase the natural turn over rate back into nitric oxide once it's spent. The dilated blood vessels will last even longer. There are ways to directly increase the O2 saturation of the cells as well, but I'm not going to get into that because to be blunt, I don't know enough about the subject to recommend you a safe method of doing so. As far as I've read, there ISN'T a safe way to do that. Methods can induce a stroke, blood clot, etc.
Obviously, using all four methods will be pretty much instant gains. If you used all four in the span of two weeks, I would say you should triple your current running capability. I'm not exaggerating. Results will slowly decrease the less you do.
AS FOR ME... I'm saving the more hardcore items for a specific event coming later this year for me to test my progress.
Anyway, let's wrap this up. 2016, got huge and strong. 2017, let's break physics!
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