Category: Supps

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Improve insulin sensitivity

Dr. Spencer Nadolsky is a practicing medical physician. He is based in Suffolk, Virginia. Your body is on a never-ending quest for balance. Its ultimate goal is homeostasis, or an active balance, inside every cell. A key way your body regulates itself is through hormone sensitivity and resistance. Being sensitive to a hormone means it only takes a little bit of it to trigger a reaction in your body. Being resistant means it’ll take a far higher exposure to that hormone before your body pays attention. If you want to build lean muscle mass and burn body fat, then your…

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Hypertrophy Supps

The case for creatine

Dr. Spencer Nadolsky is a practicing medical physician. He is based in Suffolk, Virginia. Creatine is a nitrogen-based organic acid that occurs naturally in all vertebrates. It increases the formation of adenosine triphosphate (ATP), which supplies energy to all cells in the body, including muscle. Therefore, creatine improves the ability of muscle cells to cope with intense exercise. There is a great deal of strong research behind its safety as a supplement and its ability to improve muscular power output. It also increases anaerobic endurance by acting as fuel for your cells. Muscle cells will use creatine for energy before…

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Recovery Supps

The new supp that speeds up recovery

A new and more effective form of calcium HMB is on its way, and it could help you add size, strength and power, says Dr Jacob Wilson We are always looking for the next big thing in sports supplementation. We’ve done a lot of research on calcium HMB so we know that in situations where there is a lot of muscle damage it helps speed recovery The problem is that it’s best taken before exercise and takes around 90 minutes to peak in the blood. This is far from ideal if you, like me, train first thing in the morning…

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Take risks to boost your testosterone

Setting yourself challenges to get out of your comfort zone is one of the best lifestyle choices you can make to increase testosterone production, says Mike Mahler The connection between your lifestyle and your testosterone level is tremendous. The significance is often not talked about enough, or even downplayed, but the way you live your everyday life profoundly affects your levels of this very important hormone. When you feel empowered and motivated and ambitious you are in a thriving state and this really supports testosterone production. You’re giving yourself a reason to be alive. That’s why it’s so important to…

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The dangers of too much vitamin D

Many of us are deficient in vitamin D but aggressive supplementation may cause more problems than it solves, says Dr John Berardi Dr John Berardi is a nutrition and exercise coach, sport scientist, author, and a founder of Precision Nutrition. He is based in Toronto, Canada. itamin D supplementation has achieved almost mythical status for its perceived ability to act as a panacea to many ailments, much like fish oil once was. What we do know is that nearly everyone we test is low in vitamin D, and that adequate levels are essential for a whole host of positive health outcomes.…

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Nutrition Supps

Why you should wait for your shake

Taking some time after your session before drinking a protein shake or eating a meal will allow your muscles to recover faster, says Mike Mahler Mike Mahler is a hormone optimisation researcher and supplement designer. He is based in Las Vegas, Nevada.  Iron Insights Take your time What you eat after a workout is hugely important because it initiates the restoration phase of recovery, but eating minutes after your session ends is a big mistake because the enzymes that are produced to quell inflammation get diverted to the stomach to help break down food. Maximise growth hormone Waiting 30 to…

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Fat Loss Hypertrophy Nutrition Strength Supps

The future of fitness

Professor Stuart Phillips is Professor at the Department of Kinesiology, Exercise Metabolism Research Group at McMaster University, Canada Which aspects of your current research are proving most interesting right now? The tremendous variability we see in terms of hypertrophy and strength gains. Some people just don’t grow – or get strong – and I’d like to know why. Not that people can’t make gains, but no matter how hard some people work, what they eat, or what programme they are on, there’s never huge positive physiological adaptations. It actually appears that no matter what nutrition or supplements the people I’m…

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Hypertrophy Supps

Olly Foster: What I know

Olly Foster  is one of Europe’s leading fitness models and personal trainers. He is based in London, England. My biggest breakthrough Understanding tension By learning how to create tension using even the lightest weight I have found I am able to recruit many more muscle fibres during every rep. The result is better quality gains over time. To fully understand tension you also have to become aware of tempo which allows for better form, lifting with intention based on your programme goals – strength or hypertrophy. As a youngster it was all about what I could lift, whilst now it’s…

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Recovery Supps

Add muscle while you sleep

Restoring your levels of the sleep hormone melatonin is essential in keeping your body and mind in the best possible health, says Mike Mahler Mike Mahler is a hormone optimisation researcher and supplement designer. He is based in Las Vegas, Nevada.  ptimal melatonin production is essential for getting optimal sleep, because it’s the hormone that tells your body it’s time to start switching off and relaxing so you feel tired and want to go to sleep. You’ll know your levels are good if you always start yawning at night and feel tired and ready for bed. Poor melatonin production means…

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Recovery Supps

The pill that speeds up recovery

Inflammation is the cause of nearly every single serious illness and disease, but taking excess omega-3 fatty acids isn’t the best solution and will help prevent join pain, says Mike Mahler Mike Mahler is a hormone optimisation researcher. He is based in Las Vegas, Nevada.  Iron Insights Why inflammation matters If inflammation is too high you’ll have joint pain, poor brain health, poor hormone function and a host of other problems. But reducing inflammation too much can also be dangerous if unhealthy tissues – such as cancer cells – are no longer broken down. Striking a balance Omega-3 fatty acids…

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