Glutamine for Muscle Growth

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    Mar 28, 2012 8:52 AM GMT
    I work out five days a week, an hour+ every day of weight lifting. I do cardio multiple times a week. I have cut out almost all of the junk food and soda. I have lost quite a bit of weight, yet cannot grow muscle mass. I have been taking creatine before and after workouts and drink Muscle Milk like it is going out of style. Any tips on how to grow muscle? A staffer ay my gym suggested Glutamine. Anyone use that?
  • xebec75

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    Mar 28, 2012 2:05 PM GMT
    if you're losing weight then you must be running a caloric deficient...as chucky would say,you need to eat more...and more...and more
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    Mar 28, 2012 3:00 PM GMT
    You are over-training at an hour+ / 5days per week.

    Try 2, nor more than 3 sessions per week of moderate to heavy lifts for bulking. And eat lots of quality protein and moderate amounts of good carbs.
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    Mar 28, 2012 3:03 PM GMT
    AlphaTrigger saidYou are over-training at an hour+ / 5days per week.

    Try 2, nor more than 3 sessions per week of moderate to heavy lifts for bulking. And eat lots of quality protein and moderate amounts of good carbs.


    Absolutely agree. And exactly how much is "multiple times" of cardio? Frequency & duration?
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    Mar 28, 2012 4:00 PM GMT
    Glutamine is touted as a 'required' supplement in the fitness industry. It is not. Fix your workout and diet correctly and you'll do much better.

    From someone in another forum whose option I trust:

    I agree - although I do recommend glutamine if:
    1. you are severly hypocalorific dieting (think semi-starvation stuff)
    2. you have an illness, injury or disease (esp GIT diseases)
    3. you are doing endurance training
  • BlackBeltGuy

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    Mar 28, 2012 4:17 PM GMT
    best time to take glutamine is at night. this is when your muscles are in their highest level of restoration.

    that is what I have been told.
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    Mar 28, 2012 5:17 PM GMT
    guyintheAZ saidI work out five days a week, an hour+ every day of weight lifting. I do cardio multiple times a week. I have cut out almost all of the junk food and soda. I have lost quite a bit of weight, yet cannot grow muscle mass. I have been taking creatine before and after workouts and drink Muscle Milk like it is going out of style. Any tips on how to grow muscle? A staffer ay my gym suggested Glutamine. Anyone use that?


    Glutamine is more of a recovery amino than a mass builder.
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    Mar 28, 2012 5:29 PM GMT
    Sounding like a broken record, you've got to make sure your protein intake is 1.5g per lb of body weight and you are eating healthy carbs. I don't think 1.5 hours/dayX5 is too much from a weights perspective, but it might be the cardio that's becoming counterproductive. Try HIITS (high intensity interval training).

    Where in PHX are you?
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    Mar 28, 2012 8:06 PM GMT
    EastCoastNAZ saidSounding like a broken record, you've got to make sure your protein intake is 1.5g per lb of body weight and you are eating healthy carbs. I don't think 1.5 hours/dayX5 is too much from a weights perspective, but it might be the cardio that's becoming counterproductive. Try HIITS (high intensity interval training).

    Where in PHX are you?
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    I live in Central Phoenix, but work and gym is in Scottsdale.
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    Mar 28, 2012 8:07 PM GMT
    Thanks guys! My fear was lack of calories. I was so intent on losing weight for so long that now I don't eat enough. Need to up the caloric intake.
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    Mar 28, 2012 8:13 PM GMT
    What kind of cardio are you doing and how intense?

    My former trainer/boss used to say "If you want to look like a runner, run." In other words if you are doing lots of high-intensity cardio your body is trying to adapt because it thinks that's its primary job. You sound like you're burning through all the calories you're taking in.
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    Mar 28, 2012 9:18 PM GMT
    BTW ditch the "muscle milk". It's like liquid dog shit (only possible good point being that it is conveniently portable).

    But loaded to the gills with sucralose and other sub-optimally metabolized junk.

    Recommend you use this instead, mixed with 2cups whole milk, 2 raw eggs, and a banana or a handful of berries.

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    Get it here for $39.99USD for a 3lbs. jug.

    http://www.bodybuilding.com/store/nb/perfectisopure.html


    You can order bulk and save big on a comparable product "whey protein isolate" at TrueNutrition.com as well.
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    Mar 29, 2012 4:07 AM GMT
    AlphaTrigger saidBTW ditch the "muscle milk". It's like liquid dog shit (only possible good point being that it is conveniently portable).

    But loaded to the gills with sucralose and other sub-optimally metabolized junk.

    Recommend you use this instead, mixed with 2cups whole milk, 2 raw eggs, and a banana or a handful of berries.

    pGNC1-5452868t300x300.jpg

    Get it here for $39.99USD for a 3lbs. jug.

    http://www.bodybuilding.com/store/nb/perfectisopure.html


    You can order bulk and save big on a comparable product "whey protein isolate" at TrueNutrition.com as well.


    Thanks for the suggestion. I figured MM wasn't the best, but as lazy as I am at making things (even shaking protein in a bottle, it works) lol I will look into your suggestion. Thanks!
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    Mar 29, 2012 4:25 AM GMT
    Agree with EastCoastNAZ.

    If you want to gain size, protein intake needs to be high, and carbs (healthy ones) are essential. Pretty much, you just need to eat a lot. And when you think you have eaten enough, eat some more! And if eating big meals is an issue for you, snacking throughout the day (on healthy stuff) can help.

    Also, working out 5x a week for 1+hour is not overtraining. As long as you are eating enough and making sure you are feeding your body all the nutrients it needs to repair itself, you are fine.

    If your main goal is simple to bulk up, then you don't need to do cardio. If you DO need to keep your cardio up (for work, or for a sports team , ect) then you are going to have to eat even more to counter the loss from the cardio.
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    Mar 29, 2012 4:27 AM GMT
    guyintheAZ saidI work out five days a week, an hour+ every day of weight lifting. I do cardio multiple times a week. I have cut out almost all of the junk food and soda. I have lost quite a bit of weight, yet cannot grow muscle mass. I have been taking creatine before and after workouts and drink Muscle Milk like it is going out of style. Any tips on how to grow muscle? A staffer ay my gym suggested Glutamine. Anyone use that?


    You aren't eating enough. If you are losing weight, you can't gain muscle. Just the facts. You'll need to gain weight, on a high protien, moderate carb, moderate fat, diet. Losing weight makes you catabolic and is a plan for failure with regard to muscle building.

    In a word: EAT.