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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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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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2018 IFBB Show Calendar

Bodybuilding South Africa (BBSA) which is affiliated to the International Federation of Bodybuilding and Fitness (IFBB) has released their show dates for 2018. Athletes are definitely spoiled for choice with all the different shows on offer locally. These dates are tentative and subject to change. Contact Ellmari Wroe on 083 ...

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Study finds mislabeling in online drug trade

In a new study researchers tested 44 products marketed as non-steroidal selective androgen receptor modulators (SARMs) and found that only about half contained ingredients advertised on the labels. “Our findings show that people should be extremely careful about using these unapproved drugs purchased over the internet not only because these ...

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