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Supps

The herb that boosts testosterone 350%

Low levels of testosterone will negatively impact your performance in the gym, the office and the bedroom, but there are some minerals and herbs that can naturally increase T production, says Mike Mahler Mike Mahler is a hormone optimisation researcher and supplement designer. He is based in Las Vegas, Nevada.  Optimal testosterone production is essential for men who want to look and perform at their best in every aspect of their lives. If your levels are below-par then some smart supplementation can get them back into a healthy range pretty quickly. Mineral deficiencies can be a leading cause of low…

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Nutrition

Is coffee killing your progress?

Calum Gore is an expert in medical biochemistry and health and the founder of biochemical diagnostic testing services company GC Bioscience. He is based in Leicester, Leicestershire. Coffee is one of the most popular and widely consumed beverages in the world with more than 400 billion cups drunk annually. Because of its caffeine content, the stimulant is the most commonly consumed psychoactive drug among adults[1]. For years research has been published extolling the health benefits of regular coffee consumption, ranging from improved cardiovascular health to a decreased risk of dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, and type 2 diabetes[2,3]. But there…

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Recovery Supps

6 supps to ease joint pain

Dr. Spencer Nadolsky is a practicing medical physician. He is based in Suffolk, Virginia. Joint pain can be a common affliction for serious gym-goers because intensive training over a long time frame can place incredible stress on the tendons that connect your muscles to your bones, and ligaments which connect bone to bone. It is no longer recommended to rest and immobilise injured joints because this inactivity can result in stiffness, decreased range of motion and increased pain. Instead, practice gentle range-of-motion exercises to keep the joint mobile. And try to limit your use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) to…

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Fat Loss Hypertrophy

Are you ready to build your best-ever body?

Nick Mitchell is a leading body composition expert and the founder of the Ultimate Performance global personal training gym. He is based in Los Angeles. When I was approached late last year by a book publisher wanting the definitive guide to a successful body transformation, I needed a guinea pig to put through my 12-week training and diet programme. Not just to appear on the book’s cover, but more importantly, to prove that some of my newest ideas for creating the best physique possible in the shortest conceivable time frame can really work in the context of a generally attainable four…

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Supps

Use beta-alanine to smash through the pain barrier

Work out harder and for longer by using beta-alanine before your session, says David Sandler David Sandler is a S&C coach, fitness researcher and co-founder of training and nutrition company StrengthPro. He is based in Golden, Colorado.  You can only lift for as long as your muscles allow. Intense training causes the build-up of waste products in your muscle tissues including lactic acid, which is responsible for that feeling of muscle ‘burn’ that often precedes the end of your set. But taking beta-alanine, a naturally occurring amino acid, can limit the accumulation of lactic acid so you can push your muscles…

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Recovery Supps

The best supps for better sleep

Dr. Spencer Nadolsky is a practicing medical physician. He is based in Suffolk, Virginia. We spend a third of our lives asleep, and with our general health and mental and physical performance so closely correlated to the amount and quality of the sleep we get, it’s surprising more people don’t consider supplementation. The reason why we need to sleep is still not understood, but we do know that it has a plethora of beneficial effects and, without it, your ability to function diminishes rapidly. We also know that one night or two nights of impaired sleep isn’t the end of…

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Supps

How do you know what’s in your supps?

Aaron Deere is a sports nutritionist, functional medicine consultant and advanced personal trainer. He is based in London. The dietary supplement industry is big business. In 2013 it was worth an estimated $104bn, according to the Nutrition Business Journal Report, with expected annual growth of 6%. There are approximately 29,000 dietary supplements currently on the market, which were made up of more than 600 supplement ingredients. So it may come as a surprise that for such a huge and growing industry, dietary supplements remains a largely unregulated business. When compared to highly-regulated markets, such as clinical drugs, the quality control of…

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Revealed: the next-generation of supplements

Bioactive peptides could transform your physique by increasing your anabolic response, says David Sandler David Sandler is a S&C coach, fitness researcher and co-founder of training and nutrition company StrengthPro. He is based in Golden, Colorado.  If you’re looking for the next-generation of supplements look no further than bioactive peptides. When different amino acids – the building blocks of proteins – join together they form peptides, and when these recently combined chains of amino acids perform a specific biological function they become known as bioactive peptides. Studies under both in vitro and in vivo conditions have proven that bioactive peptides…

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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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