Eating for Muscle Growth: When, How, and How Much to Eat for Adding Lean Mass

The three cornerstones of muscle growth are training, rest, and diet. And genetics, of course. However, you can’t do much about that. Let’s ignore genetics for the moment and focus on what you can improve. Everyone likes to eat. This article is all about what you should eat to give your muscles what they need … Read more

Faster Reps Create More Metabolic Stress (And More Growth?)

Creating tension in the muscle is one of the main factors that build muscle. In the gym, you can do this in two ways. The first is to lift heavier and heavier weights, what we call progressive overload. The second is TUT, or time under tension. This means that you maintain the tension in the … Read more

Coconut Oil – A Healthier Choice?

Coconut oil has become more and more popular over the last decade, often being hailed as having a number of beneficial health effects. Claims that coconut oil can decrease cardiovascular disease risk, improve weight loss, and even protect against diseases like Alzheimer’s abound. A new meta-analysis takes a look at the scientific evidence behind these … Read more

Beetroot Juice Improves Lifting Performance

Beetroot juice can improve endurance efficiency in athletes, leading to better performance at many distances. It also increases time to exhaustion, and improves intermittent high-intensity performance. Research on the effects on strength training performance is lacking. However, a new study shows that you might also improve your bench press performance by chugging down a bottle … Read more

HMB Increases Fat-Free Mass in Athletes, But Only When Protein Intake Is Low

As you may or may not know, we have a huge guide to the popular supplement HMB here on the site. HMB is a metabolite of the essential amino acid leucine. Having both anti-catabolic and anabolic effects, it has been highly touted as a must-have supplement for athletes. However, most research, with the exception of … Read more

Want To Run, Bike or Row Faster? Lift Some Heavy Weights!

Strength training is awesome in and of itself. However, not everyone lifts weights to get bigger and stronger for the sake of getting bigger and stronger. Any athlete who trains or competes in any kind of sport can benefit from strength training. Is your main sport time-based, meaning you run, swim, cycle or row a … Read more

Glutamine Supplements: Beneficial or a Waste of Money

Glutamine supplement

I remember when glutamine was one of the hottest supplements around. One of the go-to supplements for anyone interested in strength training, or in exercise in general for that matter. Not only could it make you bigger and stronger, it also kept the respiratory infections away and helped you recover faster after your grueling workouts. … Read more

Your Muscles Like it Hot

Two weeks ago, we posted a news article about a new study showing that postexercise cooling can harm your gains. Today, let’s take a look at another study, this one examining the other side of the temperature scale, heat. Heat applied to the muscles, more precisely, and the fact that this procedure seems to be … Read more

Strength Training in Females: Great Gains Confirmed

How much muscle mass and strength can an untrained female expect to gain upon entering the world of strength training? Quite a substantial amount, as it turns out. Most strength-training research is still performed using male subjects. That being said, by now there is enough data to examine to get an idea of the effects … Read more