Q: I increased my food intake to five meals a day a few months ago and thought I was making … continue reading
Glutathione is often called the master antioxidant. In fact, according to the June ’11 Better Nutrition, it’s the most powerful … continue reading
Heat shock proteins, also referred to as stress proteins, are found in all cells. Under normal conditions HSPs patrol the … continue reading
Most bodybuilders take creatine. It’s been shown to improve muscle energetics, enabling them to grind out more end-of-set growth reps, … continue reading
The combination of insulin, testosterone and growth hormone is primarily responsible for the monstrous muscle size many pro bodybuilders display.
You rarely see an elite bodybuilding champion who’s also a vegetarian. There are, however, some notable exceptions. One is Andreas … continue reading
Simply put, pyruvate is formed during the metabolism, or digestion, of sugars and starches. It’s a key compound that jump-starts the metabolic pathway known as the Krebs cycle, in which chemical and enzyme actions produce ATP and/or its direct precursors to power your workouts. In practical terms, pyruvate can be compared to the key that starts your car.
The authors suggest that factors other than nutrition must explain the differences between hard and easy gainers. On the other hand, they also suggest that getting enough protein may be more important for those who experience difficulty in making regular strength and size gains.
Need to recover more quickly? Then you’d better add proteases to your pillbox. Proteases such as bromelain, derived from pineapple, … continue reading
One popular snack food can be a godsend for bodybuilders. I’m talking about nuts, which are calorie dense and loaded … continue reading
If you change the distribution of your macronutrients to fewer carbs, you can radically change the look of your physique without cutting calories. In fact, you might be able to increase the calories that you take in while still getting leaner.
Several studies have found that athletes who severely restrict carb intake suffer a loss of training intensity. On the other hand, the body is capable of using other forms of fuel.
Taking the protein before and after training blocked the response of both active and total testosterone to the exercise, much the way that it happens in younger men
It turned out that taking the carb supplement didn’t affect exercise performance, perhaps because the volume of training—five sets of squats—wasn’t enough to make significant inroads into muscle glycogen stores.
The basic function of creatine is to donate a phosphate molecule that reconstitutes depleted stores of adenosine triphosphate in muscle.
A major reason that steroid-induced gains appear to evaporate when the drugs are stopped is that many athletes either lay off all training after a contest or severely cut back on intensity.
If you’re willing to sacrifice some gains in lean mass so that you don’t gain any fat, however, go for the protein and/or aminos by themselves. Either way you have to time the nutrients for maximal growth. And don’t skip breakfast.
Just how bad gyno can get depends on genetic factors, such as the number of estrogen receptors in a man’s breasts (or should I say pecs?).
I don’t know how many times I’ve heard this line while working at GNC: “I just can’t seem to put … continue reading
Amino acids are the building blocks of muscle tissue, so it only makes sense that liberal use of a branched-chain-amino-acid supplement will enhance muscle growth. New studies show that taking as little as two grams of BCAAs before exercise preserves muscle tissue.
If you know something about muscle function, you realize that taking a couple of supplements together can help create exceptional … continue reading
We do a full-range movement, or very close to it, because we believe it better strengthens the muscle at all positions of contractability and also fortifies tendons and ligaments in those positions so you’re not predisposed to weakness or injury there.
Intense exercise triggers the release of IGF-1, which repairs the damage and causes the tissue to grow.
Studies have shown that taking in simple carbohydrates along with an easy-to-digest form of protein like whey protein isolate greatly enhances muscle recuperation and growth by shuttling those important carbs and amino acids directly into the muscle cells after a hard workout.
Unlike conventional aerobics, which increases resting metabolic rate only when you’re actually exercising, interval training leads to a sustained rise in resting metabolic rate.