Sounds pretty sweet right… a supplement that will grow a booty yet get your waist tiny all at the same time. WOW! Well, it is a real thing and it does exist. But, this is not a supplement in a pill or powder form. This is a supplement to your program. An act. A ritual you should do post workout. What is it you ask? Well, I will tell you. One word: sauna
The sauna is usually used for relaxation purposes or to sweat toxins out of the system but, it is a great tool to help increase growth hormone for muscular hypertrophy, recovery and increased endurance. In other words: enhance your performance (ie- beast mode workouts and life for that matter) and build muscle (ie- booty gainz!)
Bottom line… hang out in the sauna after you workout at least a few times per week. You may find you can only handle the heat for short periods of time, like 5 minutes. That is okay. If you chill (i mean, boil) in the sauna regularly, you will build up your tolerance over time to be able to sit in the sauna longer.
Disclaimer: be smart and safe. Stay hydrated and listen to your body!
Saunas enhance muscular endurance:
- Increases nutrients shuttled to the muscles reducing the depletion of glycogen stores.
- A study by Scoon et al.3 showed that sauna use increased endurance in distance runners by 32%.
Sauna use increases muscle growth and aids in fat loss:
- Sauna use causes a large spike in growth hormone. (great when done post workout to aid in fat loss and muscle growth!) Studies even show that if you increase suana time and temperature, growth hormone increases as well1,6,7.8
- ….again, heat is not joke so be safe.
- Gettin hot regularly helps to improve insulin sensitivity.12 This means you will release insulin to process carbs in the blood stream efficiently which is great for muscle growth as insulin is one of the most anabolic, or muscle building hormones. Insulin helps to drive carbs or glucose, from the blood stream into the muscle for storage as glycogen. Glycogen is also stored in the liver.
So grab some friends and your sage and get your sauna on!
yeah… okay^^^^ kinda weird.
So grab some cheesy friends and get your sauna on!
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3. Scoon, G.S., Hopkins, W.G., Mayhew, S., and Cotter, J.D. (2007). Effect of post-exercise sauna bathing on the endurance performance of competitive male runners. J Sci Med Sport 10, 259-262.
4. Schiaffino, S., and Mammucari, C. (2011). Regulation of skeletal muscle growth by the IGF1-Akt/PKB pathway: insights from genetic models. Skelet Muscle 1, 4.
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15. Yamamoto, E., Kataoka, K., Shintaku, H., Yamashita, T., Tokutomi, Y., Dong, Y.F., Matsuba, S., Ichijo, H., Ogawa, H., and Kim-Mitsuyama, S. (2007). Novel mechanism and role of angiotensin II induced vascular endothelial injury in hypertensive diastolic heart failure. Arterioscler Thromb Vasc Biol 27, 2569-2575.
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