Too Much Training Creates a Less Anabolic Environment in Your Muscles

Systemic concentrations of anabolic hormones like testosterone do not predict the muscle growth strength training produces. However, local factors inside your muscles, like androgen receptor content, do. The results from a recent study show that overtraining leads to lower muscle androgen receptor content. This suggests that you don’t want to cross the fine line between … Read more

Omega-3 Fatty Acids: Effects, Benefits, and Safety

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Omega-3 fatty acids have numerous functions in your body. They help regulate your blood pressure, inflammatory processes, and your nervous system, just to mention a few vital functions. In addition, they are responsible for maintaining cell structure and signaling, as well as cell membrane fluidity. You wouldn’t survive without them. For the athlete, omega-3 fatty … Read more

How Long Do You Build Muscle After Eating a Protein-Rich Meal?

Do you think we know everything about protein and how your body uses it to build muscle? Then you are sorely mistaken. We probably don’t know much at all. For example, we don’t know how long a certain amount of protein builds new muscle mass. Add all the various protein sources in a regular diet, … Read more

Does Cluster Sets Stimulate Muscle Growth Equally to Traditional Sets?

A cluster set is a set that includes intermittent rest between repetitions or groups – “clusters” of repetitions. By taking a 10–30 second rest in between repetitions, you can delay fatigue and keep intensity high during a training session. By utilizing cluster sets, you can increase your training volume and the amount of intense work … Read more

Training with Full vs. Partial Range of Motion Yields Different Results

If you train for athletic performance, you should focus on full range of motion. That’s the take-away from a recent study comparing the effects of 15 weeks of training with either partial of full ROM on muscle architecture and mechanical properties. Untrained males trained their legs using an isokinetic dynamometer. It’s a contraption that works … Read more

BCAA Supplements: Beneficial or a Waste of Money?

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The dietary supplement industry’s economic impact is in the billions of dollars annually and continually growing. One of the most popular dietary supplements on the market are BCAA supplements. Marketed as beneficial for building and maintaining muscle mass, and for improving exercise performance, they can be found as pure BCAA supplements and in the form … Read more

Does NSAID Kill Your Gains? Potential Negative Effects on Strength and Hypertrophy

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Most serious athletes have at some time or another had training sessions or longer periods of training plagued by pains and aches. Some have even accepted the pain as a constant training partner. These pains can be the result of chronic inflammation, acute injury or the remains of past injuries, often the result of training … Read more

Training to Failure: Implications for Recovery, Strength and Muscle Gains

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Resistance training is the primary form of exercise to promote muscular strength and hypertrophy. One of the main methods to increase the hypertrophic potential of resistance training is to manipulate various training variables. These include adapting training volume to match the recovery ability of an athlete, and tailor set- and repetition schemes to suit individual … Read more

Protein for Strength Athletes and Bodybuilders – How Much, How Often, and What Kind

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The term “protein” is derived from the Greek word for primary. This meaning is true especially for athletes, bodybuilders and strength athletes with the goal to increase performance, muscle size and strength. Protein is the primary dietary driver for anabolism. This article will make sure you know everything you need to know about how protein … Read more