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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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Catch a Lift Fund – Soldiers hit gym to heal

Catch a Lift Fund - Any gym. Anywhere. Fitness for wounded veterans

Photo credit: Catch a Lift Fund Any gym. Anywhere. Fitness for wounded veterans American soldiers wounded in the battle zones of Afghanistan and Iraq are using exercise programs to heal their bodies and spirits with the assistance of Catch a Lift Fund, a charity that provides free access to gyms ...

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The dirty case of protein spiking

The dirty case of protein spiking

Does your supplement scoop carry its weight in protein? If you’ve been keeping up with the supplement industry you’ve probably heard about protein spiking (also called amino spiking, here in the United States). I’d first heard about it back in 2010 although at the time I failed to realise the ...

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Maximising Recovery – What should you do on rest days?

Maximising Recovery - What should you do on rest days?

Optimal recovery is dependent on a number of interrelated factors, the most important of which are nutrition and what you do between intense exercise sessions. By Pedro van Gaalen, Managing Editor While this important recovery period needs to include rest, should your day (or two) off of training each week ...

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Insulin – Friend or foe?

Weighing up the pros and cons of exogenous insulin use to add muscle

Weighing up the pros and cons of exogenous insulin use to add muscle By Josh Hodink, owner of Enhanced Nutrition – www.enhancednutrition.net Insulin is considered to be the most anabolic hormone present in the human body as this hormone, which is secreted by the pancreas, is responsible for regulating carbohydrate, protein and ...

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Rhabdomyolysis: When Muscles Hit Back

Rhabdomyolysis: When Muscles Hit Back

Training muscles to their limit is common practise among bodybuilders – but what happens when you reach breaking point? By Pedro van Gaalen, Managing Editor We all know the formula – work muscles at a high enough intensity that they break down, then you build them up again with proper ...

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