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Not switching exercises could keep you from making gains

Not switching exercises could keep you from making gains

Research published in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research indicates that not switching up your exercises in the gym could be the reason you are not making any new muscle gains. The study entitled “Changes in exercises are more effective than in loading schemes to improve muscle strength” showed ...

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2015 IFBB South Africa Bodybuilding Championships

2015 IFBB South Africa Bodybuilding Championships

This year it is Jozi’s turn to host the cream of the crop following the success of the event at Cape Town’s Grand West Casino in 2014. Without a doubt there will be terrific delts, big guns, monster quads, chiselled abs and herculean backs as South Africa’s muscle elite vie ...

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Cardio or weights first?

Cardio before weights?

Does it matter if you do cardio first or strength first? Moritz Schumann and his team of researchers at the University of Jyvaskyla in Finland recently tested 34 physically active and healthy young men on a combined program of strength and endurance training for 24 weeks. Although the benefits of combined endurance and ...

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Eating fish lowers depression

People who eat fish may have a lower risk of depression. Researchers looked at 26 studies globally that involved a total of 150, 278 people and examined the relationship between the consumption of fish and depression. They found that people from different countries who consumed the most fish had a ...

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Sit down for maximum tension – tip of the week

Bodybuilders cheat less when they sit down while doing dumbbell curls on arm day as well as front dumbbell raises and side later raises on shoulder day. When you sit down while you are doing these exercises you will find that your ability to recruit other muscles to help you ...

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‘Fitness’ foods may cause people to eat more, exercise less

According to a new study in the Journal of Marketing Research so-called ‘fitness’ foods may cause consumers to eat more and to exercise less, potentially undermining their efforts to lose or control their weight. Researchers have found that branding a product as ‘fit’ increased consumption for people trying to watch ...

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White fat can be turned into energy ­burning brown fat

A study suggests that the widely reviled energy storing white fat in humans can be turned into an energy brown fat that uses up excess calories. The study conducted by a research team at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston provides proof of the concept that the browning ...

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Muscle memory speeds up recovery after training breaks

Recent studies suggest that muscle memory is hardwired into our muscle cells. Norwegian researchers noted muscle memory could result from the peculiar properties of muscle cell nuclei, the location where most of the cell’s genetic instructions are stored. Muscle cells have multiple nuclei and when you train your muscle cells ...

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Nail in the coffin of trans fats

The FDA (Food and Drug Administration in the US) wants to eliminate artery-clogging artificial trans fats from the American diet by the year 2018. Trans fats are partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs) in processed foods and associated with a number of health problems such as cardiovascular disease and high cholesterol.Trans fats ...

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Age of pros on the rise

If one takes a look at last year’s Mr. Olympia you can see that age is definitely not a factor in the modern age of professional bodybuilding. Among the top guys the 34­year­old Phil Heath was a puppy in the 2014 pack of dogs as opposed to Kai Greene (39), ...

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