Posts by: Jerry Brainum

Anabolism and Insulin

/ Posted 04.18.2014

Beginning in the late 1990s, a strange phenomenon became apparent in professional bodybuilding contests. While the competitors were all in … continue reading

Developing Speed

/ Posted 03.25.2014

In 1996 Jon-Jon Park, the son of the great bodybuilding champion Reg Park, and I set off on a trip … continue reading

Is Conjugated Linoleic Acid Anabolic?

/ Posted 03.04.2014

Conjugated linoleic acid is an isomer of linoleic acid, an essential omega-6 fatty acid. Structurally, CLA contains both cis and … continue reading

Vital Macronutrients for Building Strength and Muscle

/ Posted 02.20.2014

Ask any bodybuilder what the most important nutrient for building muscle is, and the likely reply will be, “Protein.” So … continue reading

Why Most Diets Fail

/ Posted 02.01.2014

It’s a common observation that most diets fail, but the reason they fail isn’t about the weight loss. In fact, … continue reading

Boosting Muscle Recovery With Nutrition

/ Posted 12.06.2013

When you train intensely with weights, you’re incurring injury to your muscles. It sounds bad, but the body compensates by … continue reading

Muscle Growth and Estrogen

/ Posted 11.27.2013

Estrogen is often called a “female hormone,” which is a misnomer, as this steroid hormone is also produced in the … continue reading

Inject to Grow?

/ Posted 11.25.2013

The primary purpose of using anabolic drugs, such as testosterone, steroids and growth hormone, is to trigger added muscle beyond … continue reading

Get More Protein as You Age

/ Posted 11.15.2013

A recent study compared protein intake after a workout in young and over-40 subjects. The young men showed elevated muscle … continue reading

Building Middle-Aged Muscle With Beef

/ Posted 11.07.2013

Years ago, while attending the Mr. Olympia contest, I decided to survey a few of the contestants on the subject … continue reading

Supplements That Increases Growth Hormone

/ Posted 08.26.2013

Testosterone, growth hormone and insulin are the three primary anabolic hormones in the body. That explains why, when used in … continue reading

PreWorkout Supplements: Do They Work?

/ Posted 08.23.2013

Although there may be a world-wide energy crisis, no such problem exists in the bodybuilding world. One reason is the … continue reading

Nutrients That Can Increase GH

/ Posted 08.12.2013

Human growth hormone is considered one of the three major anabolic hormones in the body, with the other two being … continue reading

Chromium for Fat Loss

/ Posted 08.05.2013

Chromium is a trace mineral that’s associated with better control of blood glucose levels. How it does that isn’t precisely … continue reading

Does Protein Make You Fat?

/ Posted 07.25.2013

Self-styled experts often attribute various side effects to long-term high-protein diets—dehydration, calcium and bone loss, kidney disease and even increased … continue reading

Effect of Tea On Testosterone

/ Posted 07.04.2013

Green tea extracts are known to provide a host of health benefits, including protection against cardiovascular disease, by helping to … continue reading

Night-time Protein for More Muscle?

/ Posted 06.14.2013

Milk protein has emerged over the past few years as the preeminent protein source for building muscle. While other protein … continue reading

Testosterone and Cholesterol

/ Posted 06.09.2013

Of all the side effects associated with high-dose anabolic steroid use, the most immediately dangerous is the way they affect … continue reading

High Protein to Burn More Fat?

/ Posted 05.02.2013

A high protein diet is an essential part of the equation for adding muscle. The cornerstone of increased muscle hypertrophy, … continue reading

The History of Test and Steroids

/ Posted 04.24.2013

You don’t need to be a bodybuilder to hear about anabolic steroids. They are constantly in the news. One day … continue reading

Stress, Body Fat and Cortisol

/ Posted 04.15.2013

Bodybuilders tend to associate higher cortisol with muscle catabolism, or breakdown. It’s true that cortisol is the major catabolic hormone … continue reading

Potassium: Not Too Much, Not Too Little

/ Posted 03.18.2013

While all minerals are important to health, potassium has special significance for those who exercise. Consider its primary functions in … continue reading

The History of Test and Steroids

/ Posted 02.20.2013

You don’t need to be a bodybuilder to hear about anabolic steroids. They are constantly in the news. One day … continue reading

Boron Bigness

/ Posted 02.20.2013

Compared to other nutrients, you don’t hear much about boron. If fact, if you mention it to many people, they … continue reading

Estrogens in Food: Cause for Concern?

/ Posted 02.13.2013

For male bodybuilders, estrogen has acquired an unsavory reputation. Often referred to as a “female sex hormone,” estrogen is in … continue reading

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