Here’s a bit of Wisdom.
Recovery is essential to life.
“Ah, great philosopher tell us more. Can you tell us why the grass grows, where the wind comes from, or why Mel Gibson has unraveled?”
Alas, those mysteries remain too deeply buried for even the wise . . . but I’ve got another blast of Wisdom from the annals of “what I absolutely know.” Here it is.
RELOAD is, far and away, the best post-exercise recovery aid in existence.
“Well, great sayer of sayings, why is it that the wisdom you so clearly posses only comes with age?”
The answer is simple. Because we have to test, try, experiment, do stupid things and learn from them, and as if that’s not enough, we have to then experience circumstances, situations, and interpersonal mayhem before we can even come close to a sense of understanding. Of course, we become delusional along the way.
When we turn 16 we think we know all there is to know, and we have twisted ideas about what it takes to live a fulfilling life. Of course, when we’re 16 our hormones tell us that sex and conquest are all that matters (girls, you may insert your own “things that mattered.” I’m 100% certain all the male readers will agree with the two I mentioned. I remember being 16).
At 19 and 20 we’re equipped for almost anything physical. We’re not quite sensible yet, but we start to open up to the idea that there’s more to learn. With that little shift in awareness, we still hold on to delusions of immortality. “Bring it on! We can handle it,” and in great part, that’s true. As we turn the corner into adulthood, our bodies, if we haven’t overburdened them, are prime examples of human development. Our hormones are balanced, our joints move effortlessly, and . . . here’s the important part . . . we can drink insane amounts of Jack Daniels or Jägermeister, stay out until all hours of the night, eat crappy foods, drink beer out of the pitcher, inhale smoke and toxins and chemicals and after a few Tylenol and a groggy morning, resume a sense of normalcy. Yes, young adults are given a mix of naiveté and . . . . an amazing ability to recover.
As a 25 year old personal trainer, half my life ago, I was inspirational to my clients. I empowered them and educated them, but I didn’t fully understand them. The average age of my clients was 44. At 44, even with determination, stick-to-it-iveness, and a sense of resolve, you just can’t do what you did 24 years earlier and expect the same outcome. Although I realized most of my clients weren’t in athlete condition, and although I understood progressive challenge, risk factors, and the foundations of physiology, I didn’t really understand why my clients couldn’t seem to find time to exercise, why they’d often come up with the “exhausted” excuse, or why they failed to follow through on the perfect programs I outlined.
Today I understand. Improvement, at any age, comes down to the net result of load and recovery. If the load is too great, or the recovery is insufficient, not only do you fail to progress, but you move in the opposite direction.
Just as strength is a variable, not only among people in a group, but also in an individual based on time and circumstance, recovery ability is a variable. There are 11 systems of our bodies, and they all require energy to keep us optimally functioning. If we overtax one, or worse yet, if we overtax and underfuel the entire machine, something somewhere gets compromised.
I have a 3-hour presentation I do for medical and fitness professionals about load and recovery, and I won’t drag this into a chronicle of that curriculum, but I do want you to understand that “recovery” is the vital fourth piece of the synergy puzzle. If you’ve read anything I’ve ever written, or attended any of my events, you’ve heard me discuss Synergy, the vital integration of the Right Nutrition, Moderate Aerobic Exercise, and a Concern for Muscle. Those three components are the proactive pieces of the physical betterment puzzle, but there’s also a bit of a passive piece.
Recovery comes from downtime, from allowing the systems of the body to rest, repair . . . and feed. Your immune system, your endocrine system, your muscular system, and your cardio-respiratory systems need stimulation through “stress” or “load,” and then they need recuperation.
Rest, sleep, and downtime are all parts of recovery, but there’s more. I mentioned the systems must “feed.” When fuel is in short supply, cellular repair is going to be inadequate to facilitate improvements in endurance, cardiovascular efficiency, strength, and performance, and whatever load you’re putting your body under, regardless of your age, you need adequate nutrients to meet your recovery needs.
I’ve written many articles on Post-Exercise Recovery, and rather than reiterating the key points, I’ll direct you to a couple that might prove enlightening.
Now, I have some . . . umm . . . news? It’s not the kind of news customers like to hear . . . but it’s inevitable. I held out as long as I could. When RELOAD was first released, I sold it for $54 per container and made very little profit. Over the years, thankfully, athletes and exercisers alike found it an invaluable aid, so our quantities went up significantly which allowed me to price it at $39.99. Over those same years, my manufacturing costs increased, and now, with RELOAD being one of the best kept secrets of those who’ve found dramatic physical change, with it serving as a cornerstone of my TRANSFORM! Program and the ALIVE protocol, I have to increase the price.
I’m sharing this now because this is a last chance. I will make RELOAD available for the remainder of this month (or while inventory lasts) for the long-standing price of $39.99, but in 2012 I have to increase the price to over $45. I’ve worked hard to stay above the cost-cutting practices of many of the commercial supplement retailers, and I’ll continue to do so. I just didn’t want you to be surprised next time you place an order.
Also . . . for the remainder of this month you can purchase a 4-pack for the price of 3 and intermix RELOAD and EAT! within the four pack. Click on Nutritional Products at the online Superstore at philkaplan.com.
I will continue to share information specific to load and recovery in the months to come, as it’s not only fascinating, but it unlocks many of the keys to results at any age or recovery from any condition. For now, let’s keep it simple. Use your body, your mood, and your emotions as a gauge. Irritability, fatigue, insomnia, lethargy, and loss of exercise motivation are all clear indicators that you want to back off on load and direct more attention to recovering.