A 90kg male playing rugby as a competitive sport will require approximately 16,800 kJ – 21,000kJ (4,000 Cal - 5,000 Cal) per day during pre-season (1). That’s a lot of food, especially if you don't have a big appetite. In fact, many people find it almost impossible to get this many calories from whole foods alone. This is why many nutritional experts suggest those who want to gain weight use a high-quality weight-gaining product, such as BULK or BULK EXTREME, once or twice a day in addition to their regular diet. It's a quick and easy way of getting the extra calories needed to grow and enhance exercise recovery.
Shred & Tone
Thermogenesis is the process of generating energy and heat in the cells of the body, burning calories in the process. Ingredients such as nicotinic acid and protein which have reported thermogenic effects, combined with HCA from Garcinia cambogia and theobroma cacao which has been shown to block fat production, can help to increase your metabolism and burn excess fat, when combined with exercise and a healthy diet. Including a protein powder with thermogenic ingredients such as the Musashi Shred and Burn Protein can help you achieve the lean physique you are looking for.
Train & Recover
shakes are recommended as a snack 1-2 hours prior. Snacks suitable for less than 1-hour include sports drinks and carbohydrate gels.
For early morning exercisers, it is not always practical to eat a couple of hours prior to training. A common question is whether to eat or not? If your goal is to improve strength, power and endurance then it is definitely not advisable to train on an empty stomach. Choosing a light snack such as fruit or a muesli bar on the way to training is your best option. If your goal is to burn body fat then there is some evidence (1) to suggest exercising in a fasted state can result in a greater amount of fat being used as fuel. You will however need to be cautious of the amount of energy and time required for your training session, as you are more likely to fatigue earlier as muscle glycogen and blood sugar levels dip.