Vega Sport Performance System: Top 5 key benefits
You train hard. You want results. I get that. That’s why I developed the Vega Sport Performance System. Vega Sport helps improve immediate performance, allows for faster noticeable results in less time, and greater fitness in the future. You put in the time, you put in the effort, but are you getting the results to reflect that? The Vega Sport Performance System will help ensure that you get results that reflect your efforts—without it, you’re not getting all that you deserve from your workouts. It’s that simple.
Here are some of the key points of recovery that the Vega Sport System addresses:
Protein synthesis and muscle glycogen recovery
4 parts carbohydrate to 1 part protein is considered the ideal ratio to supplement immediately following exercise. The carbohydrate will help to replace what was burned during exercise, thereby speeding recovery and readying the body to do it all over again sooner. The protein will help begin the muscular repair process and actually help the carbohydrate enter the blood stream more quickly—expediting recovery more so than supplementing with carbs alone.
Have you ever noticed that just as your fitness is approaching a new level, you get sick? It’s not a coincident or just bad luck, there’s a reason.
Immediately following stressful events like training, the immune system drops, increasing the risk of developing sickness increase dramatically. It’s common for athletes who train consistently and are in peak shape to have a subpar immune system, making them more likely to become ill before a major event. To obtain peak fitness, the immune system will dip, which is why supplementing to support your immune system immediately after training can decrease the odds of getting sick and also increase the ability to train more before compromising immune function. Having the ability to train more before being halted by sickness can allow for a breakthrough to a new level of fitness. Peak shape is dependent on the ability to pursue it, and it can’t be pursued when you’re ill.
Soft tissue recovery (tendons, ligaments, connective tissue)
Physical activity creates micro-tears in muscle, tendons, ligaments, and connective tissue. The correct ratio of protein and carbs helps muscles repair and replenish quickly and become stronger than their previous workout level. That’s the training effect—but focusing only on muscle recovery can increase risk of injury, since muscles will recover faster than the often-neglected tendons, ligaments and connective tissue. Since they are made up cartilage, with no ability to store carbohydrate or have blood circulate (there’re essentially like elastic bands), their recovery needs are specific and completely different from that of muscles. Speeding muscular recovery without speeding tendon / ligament recovery will create an imbalance and will lead to tendon / ligament strain, and likely connective tissue injury.
Intense physical training adversely effects hormonal health, causing cortisol to rise and inhibit the body’s ability to recover swiftly, sleep deeply, tone muscle, and lose body fat. Not addressing hormonal health leads to the all-too-common, yet widely unrecognized hormonal injury, which results in athletic stagnation or what is known as the dreaded plateau. Without adequate hormonal recovery, sleep quality will be reduced and the body won’t physiologically be able to slip into the deep delta phase of sleep where cellular regeneration takes place.
While regular exercise releases endorphins that bring about a sense of well-being, consistent competitive training commonly causes irritability, mood swings, and often symptoms similar to that of depression. Mental recovery is equally as vital to performance as physical recovery, yet is commonly over looked and can manifest as apathy, which results in laziness or mental fatigue that can dramatically slow progress. Therefore, post-workout, it’s important to consume foods that contain high levels of tryptophan, which will help the body naturally produce serotonin, also known as the feel-good hormone. Serotonin will instigate and enhance a sense of well-being and reignite your enjoyment of exercise and the desire to train, while also enabling you to mentally focus on your workouts. It keeps your mental fire stoked, giving you the chemical motivation to take it to the next level.
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