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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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DNP (Dinitrophenol)

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Fat loss wonder-drug or death trap? By Josh Hodnik (Re-published with permission from www.vpxsports.com) Like many of the chemicals used today by bodybuilders and athletes in all sporting codes, 2,4-Dinitrophenol (DNP) was introduced to the market by the late steroid guru Dan Duchaine. After researching a compound and basing a theory ...

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CNS Fatigue

CNS fatigue, bodybuilder training

How the nervous system responds to weight training By Devlin Brown It is not uncommon to hear pseudo-science phrases being bandied about the gym between sets at the water cooler. Most often, making decisions based on bad “bro-science” is like watching an episode of CSI and then claiming you’re an ...

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The Hard Truth

The Hard Truth

How to deal with and manage calluses Anyone who has spent an appreciable amount of time in the gym lifting weights would have encountered calluses at some stage. It’s an inevitable part of weight training, particularly with complex bar work and intense or high volume training. This makes CrossFitters particularly ...

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The science of hard-gainers

The Science of Hard-gainers

How modern science is changing our understanding and approach to bodybuilding. By Pedro van Gaalen, Managing Editor It’s no secret that the greatest bodybuilders of all time achieved greatness largely due to their gifted genetics. The fact of the matter is the ability to build significant lean muscle mass is ...

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Fascinating Fascia

Delving deep into the anatomy of this often misunderstood tissue.

Delving deep into the anatomy of this often misunderstood tissue By Sean Johnson, Bowen Practitioner and Instructor (www.bowentechnique.co.za) In his book, The Philosophy of Osteopathy, Andrew Taylor Still, the founder of osteopathy, wrote “By its action (the fascia) we live and by its failure we … die.” This is a ...

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