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My recovery strategy for maximum gains

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Training hard does a lot of damage to you body, so the more you push it in the gym, the greater your need to ensure you recover faster, says Ben Pakulski

Ben Pakulski is a IFBB Pro bodybuilder and creator of the Mi40 Nation website. He is based in Tampa, Florida.

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Damage control
You need to fully appreciate the amount of damage you do to your body during a hard training session and then take the time to find the best ways to fix this damage. If not, you will never grow as quickly as you could and you’ll feel pretty terrible too.

Food factor
Getting adequate protein intake is essential, and the amount of protein you eat should increase alongside how hard you are training. That’s why BCAAs around training are so beneficial. Staying hydrated is often overlooked but really important.

Rest and recover
You also need to get as much rest as your life allows because the more you can get, the better and faster your results. I also get regular massages not only to improve blood flow and central nervous system response, but also because of the mental release.

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