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Hypertrophy

How to add muscle and stay shredded

Adding size without increasing body-fat levels can be done, but requires a total overhaul of the way your train, eat and recover, says Ryan Terry Ryan Terry is an IFBB pro men’s physique model, Arnold Classic European men’s physique champion 2013 and a USN sponsored athlete. He is based in Doncaster, South Yorkshire. When I first started training all I really cared about was my abs. I did a lot of cardio, swimming and gymnastics and worked my abs daily. There were very defined but had no real depth or thickness. And I thought carbs were the devil and spent most…

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Is excessive BCAA use harming your health?

Calum Gore is an expert in medical biochemistry and health and the founder of biochemical diagnostic testing services company Gore BioScience. He is based in Leicester, Leicestershire. The essential amino acids leucine, isoleucine and valine together make up the branched chain amino acids (BCAAs). In total they comprise 30% of the body’s total muscle protein. The fitness industry, athletes and bodybuilders have long used BCAAs for many of the following perceived benefits: increased protein synthesis; increased muscular hypertrophy; improved exercise recovery; increased muscle endurance; improved glucose disposal; increased energy; and increased gluconeogenesis, which is the metabolic process in which glucose…

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Pre-workout supps for size and strength

Aaron Deere is a sports nutritionist, functional medicine consultant and advanced personal trainer. He is based in London. Pre-workout supplementation should be key component of your nutritional plan, whether you are training for strength or body composition, because what you take pre-workout may have a large impact on performance, recovery and ultimately how quickly you can get to where you want to be. Here’s what the latest research suggests you take before your workout to maximise performance and recovery to build bigger muscles faster. Carbohydrates: 35g Resistance training elevates AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK) levels within the body, which switches on…

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Hypertrophy Strength

What makes a workout a success?

If you judge the success or failure of an individual workout by how heavy you were able to lift or by how sore you feel the next day, you are failing to appreciate the bigger picture when training for maximum muscle mass, says John Meadows John Meadows is a national champion bodybuilder and works with many of the best physique athletes in the world. He is based in Columbus, Ohio. Iron Insights Strength isn’t everything When I was younger I used to determine how good a workout was – especially legs training – by how heavy I was able to…

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Hypertrophy

Ben Pakulski’s quads workout

Ben Pakulski is a IFBB Pro bodybuilder and creator of the Mi40 Xtreme training system and the Mi40 Nation website. He is based in Tampa, Florida. How it works There are two workouts, workout A and workout B, and you simply alternate them every five days. They work together by directly overloading different parts of the muscles in each session, so you always have enough time to recover while sufficiently hitting the muscles hard enough to ensure maximum hypertrophy. Before you rush straight to the gym to put the first workout into action, there’s a few things you need to…

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Workout supps for better performance

Kamal Patel is a director of Examine.com, the research-based resource on supplementation and nutrition, and a nutrition researcher with an MPH and MBA from Johns Hopkins University. He is based in San Francisco, California. We all want to have the most effective session every time we work out. It’s the only way to keep pushing your body forwards so that you get either stronger, leaner or fitter, depending on your training goal. While a varied and nutritious diet and high-quality sleep are essential in allowing you to attach every single workout as hard as possible, there are some supplements that…

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