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BendtheBar 12-20-2011 09:36 AM

Muscle Building Window of Opportunity
Ran across a discussion on the window of opportunity that I thought I would post.

Hombre #1:


(Window of Opportunity)...This long standing theory printed in countless bodybuilding publications suggests that the moment your workout ends there is a critical 45 minute "window of opportunity" that opens up. This leaves you exactly 45 minutes to consume a hefty dose of protein to replenish the body with essential amino acids in order to produce any muscle growth from your brutal workout.

From the first time I heard of this theory I was little suspicious. Just the whole notion that the second you complete the last repetition of your workout, your body instantly begins a 45 minute count-down that you have to consume lots of protein before the porthole to muscle growth slams shut. Sort of like how Cinderella had to be home by the exact second the clock stuck midnight, or else her stage coach would turn into a pumpkin, and she would turn back into a wench.
Hombre #2:


I think you've completely ignored the effects that postworkout nutrition has on cellular signalling pathways and there ability to promote anabolism and negate catabolism. Oh and way to mention the increased catabolism in reduced ability to synthesis protein following a workout. If I wan't to make mediocre gains in the gym I'll be sure to follow this advice.

Soldier 12-20-2011 09:42 AM

The first guy fails because he thinks everything has to be black or white. The second guy fails grammar tests.

Shadowschmadow 12-20-2011 09:46 AM

Why Steve... Why? :(

Fazc 12-20-2011 09:48 AM

Yeah Hombre Numero Uno is taking it all a bit too literally to try and make a point which is at best completely redundant.

Hombre Numero Deux doesn't believe him and proceeds to tell him in typical anonymous internet fashion!

Off Road 12-20-2011 10:20 AM

Post-workout nutrition is beneficial, but there is no reason to freak out if you miss it.
Obviously, from what I've witnessed, having an internet persona is highly important for making gains too.

Fazc 12-20-2011 10:22 AM

Shadowschmadow 12-20-2011 10:39 AM

All I can say is that people worry about all the wrong things...

LtL 12-20-2011 10:41 AM

While they're arguing about this, there is a girl, in a gym somewhere, warming up with their respective maxes.


BendtheBar 12-20-2011 10:52 AM


Originally Posted by LtL (Post 199621)
While they're arguing about this, there is a girl, in a gym somewhere, warming up with their respective maxes.


And that, my friends, puts an end cap on this discussion.

Here is the Bearded Beast of Duloc's rule: When you are hungry, take advantage of the intra-hunger window of opportunity.

All I know is that lifting makes me hungry so I eat. Seems to make sense on the black board.

BigJosh 12-20-2011 10:55 AM

I have no idea what the Hombre #2 said.

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