FitLinks: Watermelon Juice May Help Relieve Muscle Soreness

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Workout Reaching for water after your workout? You should be, but you might want to try adding something else into the mix. Watermelon juice.

A new study shows that an amino acid, L-citrulline, in watermelon reduces muscle soreness after exercise. Not only is it good to alleviate soreness, but prior studies suggest that watermelon juice seems to increase muscle protein and enhance athletic performance.

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1. Watermelon Juice Relieves Post-Exercise Muscle Soreness (Science Daily)

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4. Tea’s Benefits Exist, But Claims Remain Cloudy (LA Times)

5. How Self Monitoring Is Transforming Health (Medical News Today)


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2 Comments on “FitLinks: Watermelon Juice May Help Relieve Muscle Soreness

  1. mike
    August 18, 2013 #

    hi marc! i want to ask you about pyramid strategy in gaining muscle? which one should i do? because there are many types of pyramid strategy is best for gaining muscle? before i start my muscle building program.thanks

    1. August 19, 2013 #

      @mike – I think a pyramiding strategy makes sense and there are A LOT of them. My favorite is start out with 10-12 reps, then drop down to 8, then 6. So you do 3 to 4 sets starting out 12 then dropping to 6, and ideally adding a little more weight by the last set. If you use this pyramiding strategy for building muscle, it can work well as long as over time you increase the weights you are using. My philosophy is to keep it simple and that is a pretty simple pyramiding strategy that also allows your muscles/joints to warm up before loading on the weight.

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