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Lack of H2O just as bad as smoking

mild dehydration levels in humans can impair vascular function nearly as much as smoking a cigarette.

Bodybuilders and other hard training athletes have known for ages the importance of keeping hydrated and replenishing fluids lost during exercise New research New research recently published in the European Journal of Nutrition indicates that even mild dehydration levels in humans can impair vascular function nearly as much as smoking ...

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Rest and muscle growth

Very short rest periods between sets could compromise muscle growth

Very short rest periods between sets could compromise muscle growth Little thought is usually given to this important training variable but the amount of rest you take between sets significantly affects muscle tension and metabolite buildup – two critical elements of building bigger muscles. American researcher Brad Schoenfeld and his team ...

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The power of the mind

Is there truth to the mind-muscle connection?

Is there truth to the mind-muscle connection? Bodybuilders have for decades been emphasising  the importance of the mind-muscle connection to recruit more muscle fibers when you train. This internally focused strategy involves visualizing the target muscle and consciously directing neural drive to the muscle during workouts. A lot of this ...

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Get big naturally

6 Tricks to boost your testosterone naturally

6 Tricks to boost your testosterone naturally Lose weight – getting rid of the spare tyre around your waist can increase your testosterone levels because men who are overweight are more likely to have low testosterone levels. Strength training– short intense sessions in the gym where you increase the weight ...

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Worldwide obesity rates ballooning out of control

Researchers have found that over the past 3 decades there has been an alarming increase in rates of obesity worldwide.

Researchers have found that over the past 3 decades there has been an alarming increase in rates of obesity worldwide. For their study researchers, led by Professor Emmanuela Gakidou of the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation in the United States,  conducted a comprehensive review of literature looking at overweight ...

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New research finds exercise can prevent lower back pain

A debilitating back pain can sometimes set you back for months and remains a constant source of frustration for athletes such as bodybuilders and weightlifters.

A debilitating back pain can sometimes set you back for months and remains a constant source of frustration for athletes such as bodybuilders and weightlifters. Lower back pain has a high recurrence rate and is one of the biggest health problems in the world, generating enormous costs in treatments and ...

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Training splits probed

Training splits probed - Full body vs body-split routines

Some bodybuilders swear by total-body routines that allow you to train a muscle as frequently as possible whereas others support a traditional body part split where you train a muscle once per week. A recent study probed the effect of training frequency of these two different splits on muscular adaptations ...

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Post-contest rebound

Post-contest rebound: Ensure your post-contest rebound builds muscle not fat with a reverse dieting protocol

Ensure your post-contest rebound builds muscle not fat with a reverse dieting protocol Every competitive bodybuilders is faced with a choice the day after a show, one that will materially impact their physique and their ability to achieve peak conditioning in future. While most post-comp rituals will include a celebratory ...

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The re-emergence of HMB

The re-emergence of HMB

New research shines a light back on this largely forgotten supplement Fitness enthusiasts, strength athletes and bodybuilders took notice when a new supplement, touted as the ultimate means to increase muscle and decrease body fat, hit the shelves in the 1990s. HMB, or for the more scientifically-inclined Beta-hydroxy-beta-methylbuteric acid, is ...

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Steroids and the placebo effect

Steroids and the placebo effect

What my first experience with steroids taught me The gym that I trained at while in high school was a far cry from today’s 24-hour fitness facilities or the Gold’s Gym chain we know today. This place had old tiled flooring that was broken and the front door was generally ...

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