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A link between food and mood

You are what you eat. In fact, your mood depends on the food you eat. Researchers from Binghamton University in New York have found that mood in young adults (18-29) seems to be dependent on food that increases the availability of neurotransmitter precursors and concentrations in the brain such as ...

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Are we maxed out?

Have we as human species reached our maximum limit for physical performance? In a review, a first of its kind spanning 120 years worth of information, scientists have considered the effects of both genetic and environmental parameters. According to scientist Jean-Francois Toussaint, who was part of the research team that ...

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Build cannonball delts!

One body part you cannot overdevelop is your shoulders. A dynamic pair of delts will add width that will give a more pronounced appearance of depth and thickness to your physique that will make any competitor standing next to you on show day run for the backstage to hide! How ...

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Exercise and heart health

One training session at the gym can cause clinically relevant protection against cardiovascular disease. The results of a new study led by Professor Dick Thijssen have shown that between one and three training sessions per week can provide strong protection for the heart. According to Thijssen even a single workout ...

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Is a low-carb diet superior to a low-fat one?

In a new long-term diet study where magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) imaging technology was used for the first time scientists found low-carbohydrate diets to be superior to low-fat diets. “Weighing patients or using blood tests to detect changes, hasn’t, until now, given us accurate pictures, literally, of how different fat ...

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Power principles for muscle mass

The most important principles you can follow to pack on muscle mass are muscular tension, metabolic stress and muscular damage. # Power Principle 1: Muscular tension Muscular tension is not about using the most weights in the gym but squeezing the muscles you are working on. An example: When doing ...

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Exercise alters intestinal microbiota

Exercise can change the makeup of the microbes in our gut. According to Jeffrey Woods, lead researcher in two studies, one in mice and the other in humans, exercise can have an impact on your gut independent of diet or other factors. In the first study, Woods and colleagues transplanted ...

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Weight limits in Classic Physique

The IFBB Professional League/National Physique Committee has recently announced new weight limits in the Men’s Classic Physique division. According to IFBB Pro League/NPC President Jim Manion the Classic Physique, first launched in 2016, is perceived as the middle ground between the Bodybuilding and the Men’s Physique categories. It highlights symmetry ...

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Diet optimal in fighting disease, death

Research in over 135,000 people across five continents has shown that a diet low in carbohydrates and moderate in fat, fruits and vegetables is associated with a lower risk of death. The data formed part of the Prospective Urban Rural Epidemiology (PURE) study which followed more than 135,000 people from 18 ...

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A string of IBFF shows for 2018

The International Bodybuilding and Fitness Federation (IBFF) Africa has released show dates for 2018. April 2018: 14 – Kroonstad Classic (Free State) 21 – Misumzi Wakashe Classic (East London/Border) 28 – Klerksdorp Classic Development Show (Klerksdorp) May 2018: 5 – Pro Divas (Gauteng) June 2018: 30 – SAPS July 2018: ...

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