Originally posted by Cartman
you got to be shitting me, I have THREE WEEKS of this, no fucking way. I thought the pain was for a week, a week and a half tops but damn, I am gonna be hating life for a while I guess.
Chris, whats happening is you are literally tearing up your muscle fibers and your body has to repair them. This causes your muscles to get bigger and stronger each time you repeat that cycle.
To minimize the time of recovery, you need to be taking in at least 150 to 200 grams of protein per day, plenty of water, and some creatine would help too.
I would recommend a protein smoothie/drink with about 50 grams of protein (your body can't absorb more than about 50 @ each sitting, unless you take some ginger root with it, and then you up that to about 80 grams) about 30 mins before working out, and then again AS SOON as you finish your workout. Not only will it give you the energy you need, it will give your body some protein to use while your working out and the second drink will replenish what was used before.
If you want the max results, you're going to need to use supplements.
EAS Myoplex protein drinks are good, as is their Phosphogen HP creatine product. Take the creatine the same time you are sucking down a smoothie for maximum creatine delivery. Go read "Body for Life" by Bill Philips. Its got a ton of good advice about working out and supplementing your diet, and also dieting. Its about 20 bucks @ the store or 15 if you order it online. Damn good reference.