1: Cheap calories
The constant search for food and the fight against hunger, the main problems of mankind for millennia, today successfully solved in most countries of the world. New technologies of agriculture allowed to significantly increase the yield and reduce the cost of products.
To ensure that your great-grandfather needed 3000 calories a day to increase muscle mass, you would have to spend a lot of money first, and, secondly, only absorb large amounts of food from morning till night.
2: Protein Mixtures
Entered into mass production several decades ago, sports nutrition and protein mixtures significantly simplified the main problem of athletes training for a set of muscles - providing the body with a large amount of easily digestible protein.
Before the emergence of the protein isolate, it was almost impossible to consume hundreds of grams of protein from normal foods, while maintaining a moderate level of fat in the diet. Not to mention, to close the carbohydrate window after training you had to drink raw eggs.
3: The ability to count nutrients
Muscle growth requires not only a large number of calories, but also the observance of the proportions of macronutrients in the diet - 2-3 g of protein per kg of body weight, 5-7 g of carbohydrates per kg of body weight and about 30% of the total caloric intakein the form of fats of different types.
If the contents of calories, proteins, fats and carbohydrates were not indicated 10 years ago on the food packaging, and the calculation of nutrients required the manual processing of data on paper, then keeping counting today, in fact, does not present any complexity.
4: Presence of a gym in the city
The presence of a quality sports center with a swimming pool in the transport access zone would envy not only your great-grandfather, but also many readers of FitSeven. Even in modern Paris it is not so easy to find a normal gym with free weights, barbells and dumbbells.
The most important exercises for muscle growth - deadlift, squats and bench press - are extremely difficult to perform at home or on simulators. If next to your house there is a gym equipped with a regular barbell and a large set of scales - you are extremely lucky.
5: Sports simulators
The work on creating sports equipment that allows to optimize the work of muscles began more than three hundred years ago - during this time there appeared as a lot of worthy machines( simulator for pullover or simulator for traction of blocks) and a lot of senseless ones.
Beginners who do not feel the work of the pectoral muscles with bench press and the widest muscles during pull-ups should be avoided by any simulators simulating the bench press or the thrust of the upper block. However, professional athletes simulators will be extremely useful.
For decades, sports massage, significantly accelerating the processes of muscle recovery and growth, was available exclusively to professional athletes. However, the appearance of massage rollers( English: foam roller ) made it possible to carry out such a massage on its own.
A typical massage roller is a cylinder 30 cm long or 90 cm long and 15 cm in diameter. The roller is placed under the muscular group, a "stress point" is sought in which the muscles are pulled together and then, by light pressure, this voltage is removed.
The athletic build is not only the big muscles, but also the right points of attachment of these muscles to the bones and the ability to keep the body in space in an optimal way( athletic posture).Probably, you did not know, but the technique of improving the physique has long existed.
Most of his life, Joseph Pilates has dedicated the development of simulators to improve the mechanics of muscle work. If your sports center has a professional simulator Pilates Allegro Reformer , immediately sign up for the lesson and feel the difference.
The achievements of modern fitness - easy access to sports equipment, cheap calories and easily digestible protein - greatly simplified the process of gaining muscle mass. Use the same achievements that your great-grandfather would envy.