Wednesday, November 14, 2018

7 Reasons Why You Should Be Using Creatine

According to renowned sports nutrition researcher Dr. Richard Kreider, the science supporting athletes using creatine is clear-cut. Here, according to Dr. Kreider, are 7 reasons why all athletes should be supplementing with creatine:
  1. Increases one-repetition maximum and peak power in all strength lifts
  2. Improves vertical jump
  3. Increases work performed during repetitive sets of maximal-effort muscle contractions
  4. Enhances single-effort sprint performance in sprints lasting 6 to 30 seconds
  5. Enhances repetitive-sprint performance (e.g., 6x6-second sprints with 30-second rest)
  6. Improves high-intensity exercise performance in events lasting 90 to 600 seconds
  7. Increases AT (anaerobic threshold) and maximal VO2 (the ability of the body to transport oxygen to the muscles)
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Saturday, November 10, 2018

Are You Making This Critical Muscle-Building Mistake?

Why is it so difficult to pack on any significant amount of new muscle naturally? The primary reason is when you train intensely enough to stimulate growth, you're also saturating your system with CORTISOL.

Cortisol is an overpowering catabolic protein that literally 'eats' lean muscle tissue while preventing bodyfat metabolism -- you might say it ranks right up there with binge drinking, smoking cigarettes, and eating sugar in terms of the damage it wreaks to your efforts to get lean and muscular:

1) Recent studies have shown a direct correlation between high cortisol levels and abdominal bodyfat distribution. It literally prevents the release of fatty acids in your abdominal region, increasing lipid storage in this area, and...

2) Just as disturbing, research shows cortisol literally prevents rapid muscle growth from happening after you train due to its 'catabolic' (muscle-eating) effects . It makes the gains from intense workouts few and far between. In fact, every time you encounter stress of any kind, your body's "fight or flight" responses kick in, pumping out cortisol -- smothering muscle growth and bodyfat oxidation. It's like throwing a wet blanket on a raging campfire.

No wonder you have such a hard time getting lean and gaining muscle: Your workout stimulates; then cortisol annihilates. Let's look at the facts...
 
FACT: Muscle grows more rapidly in laboratory settings when cortisol is low or absent.

FACT: The most effective muscle-building pharmaceuticals (i.e., 'roids) minimize the catabolic effects of cortisol, which is why they increase nitrogen retention and so many athletes resort to these compounds to make faster progress. Unfortunately, engaging in such "pharmaceutical indiscretions" is rife with deleterious side effects, which is why sports scientists have been searching for natural substances which mimic the anti-catabolic effects of these bodybuilding pharmaceuticals. They knew this would allow athletes to create the lab environment of very low cortisol -- making extreme, rapid muscle growth a reality, safely and naturally.

FACT: In clinical research, three compounds -- Phosphatidylserine (PS), Conjugated Linoleic Acids (particularly the cis-9,trans-11 isomer), and high-dosage Ascorbic Acid -- have all shown huge promise for their cortisol-blunting effects. Separately, each has powerful anti-cortisol effects. Taken together, however, science shows they produce effects that are not just additive (1+1+1 = 3) but synergistic (1+1+1 = 8) -- literally releasing the cortisol stranglehold and turbocharging your anabolic receptors.

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Armed with a basic understanding of how 'roids really work to increase muscle growth, it's easy to see why supplements like creatine, nitric oxide boosters, and even whey and casein protein powders have their limitations -- they do little if anything to address the cortisol issue.

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C9-T11 2.0 -- providing high-dosages of pharmaceutical-grade Phosphatidylserine, Conjugated Linoleic Acids (including the active cis-9,trans-11 isomer), and Ascorbic Acid -- has been clinically shown to suppress cortisol, disarming the catabolic bomb and supercharging the anabolic, hypertrophic response mechanisms.

So much so, in fact, that one new university study showed an average 1" reduction in waist circumference in just 28 days; while a separate study showed a 600% increase in lean muscle mass over 7 weeks in supplementing athletes vs. those taking a placebo (read more details here.)

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Director of Science, TeamANR

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Blowing Up Another Big Creatine MYTH

MYTH: Most of the weight gain associated with creatine supplementation is due to increased water retention.

FACT: Although it has been hypothesized that the initial weight gain associated with creatine supplementation is primarily due to increased water retention, new research suggests otherwise.

"A number of studies indicate that long-term creatine supplementation increases fat-free mass and/or muscle fiber diameter with no disproportional increase in total body water," writes Dr. Richard Kreider in a recent study published in the Journal of Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry

"These findings suggest that the weight gain observed during training is most likely muscle mass."

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Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Why Squats and Bench Presses May Burn More Fat Than Cardio

"Experts." They're quick to prescribe long bouts of cardio to burn fat. But how many of 'em ever recommend heaping servings of squats, bench presses and power cleans?

Not enough, say Ohio University researchers, who recently discovered that an intense circuit-training program consisting of the aforementioned multi-joint exercises may outperform cardio in the fat-burning department by accelerating the rate at which your body burns calories for two full days following exercise.

Specifically, Dr. M.D. Schuenke and colleagues discovered that just 31 minutes of an intense resistance-exercise program consisting of four circuits of bench presses, power cleans and squats, provided the trainees a significant metabolic boost that lasted 48 hours after the workout.

"The duration and magnitude of the EPOC (post-exercise oxygen consumption) observed in this study indicates the importance of future research to examine a possible role for high-intensity resistance training in a weight-management program for various populations," write the researchers. 

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Monday, November 5, 2018

Pre-Workout Protein Shake Builds More Muscle

Consuming a protein-  and carbohydrate-containing nutrition shake before your workout may be more effective at building muscle than when the same drink is consumed immediately following exercise, according to a new study published in the American Journal of Physiology: Endocrinology and Metabolism.

In the study, researchers from the University of Texas tested the effects of a protein- and carb-containing shake taken immediately before exercise and immediately after exercise. 

"Results indicated that the response of net muscle protein synthesis to consumption of an essential amino acid and carbohydrate shake immediately before resistance exercise is greater than when the shake is consumed after exercise, primarily because of an increase in muscle protein synthesis as a result of increased delivery of amino acids..." write the researchers.

What This Means to You: This isn't to say you should abandon post-workout protein and carbohydrate nutrition. There's still plenty of research supporting its glycogen-replenishing and protein-synthesis-increasing effects. Still, it might be a good idea to begin taking in about 20 grams of protein and carbs, respectively, immediately before resistance training for optimal muscle-building effects

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Saturday, November 3, 2018

Why Bodybuilders Love Sweet Potatos

Sweet potatoes are a staple of just about every pro bodybuilder's diet. Here's what you need to know...

Sweet potatoes have been around for a long time. In fact, they were discovered growing in Indian gardens in Louisiana in 1540. Sweet potatoes were popular with the Incas of Peru and the Mayas of Central America, and residents of South America, the Caribbean and South Pacific have been enjoying the sweet and tasty spud for centuries.

And with good reason.

Sweet potatoes are full of cancer-fighting carotenoids... one cup has more the six times the recommended amount of beta-carotene and vitamin C. They are a reasonable source of Vitamin B-6, and they contain 50 milligrams of calcium per serving. Plus, with almost half the carbs of baked potatoes, they're a wonderful low-carb alternative. In addition to all this, one 4-ounce sweet potato has only 120 calories when eaten in its own skin, with 3 grams of fiber and practically no fat. 

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Friday, November 2, 2018

One-Set Workouts Build Muscle Fast

Pressed for time in the gym? Well then you'll find this study particularly interesting...

Dr. Chris Hass and colleagues from the University of Florida recently found that increasing training volume from one set to three really didn't make much of a difference on muscle size and strength in weight-training athletes.

The researchers had 40 well-trained guys train three times a week using one or three sets for eight to 12 reps to failure. Muscle strength and percent fat and percent lean body mass were measured before and after the 13-week training period. 

"After 13 weeks of training, both groups had significantly improved their muscular strength and body composition," writes Dr. Hass. "However, there were no significant differences between groups in the improvement of muscular strength, and both groups experienced similar improvements in body composition."

The Bottom Line: The data from this study shows that single-set programs are an effective alternative to high-volume training when time is of the essence. 

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Thursday, November 1, 2018

Study: Mixed Protein Powders Build More Muscle


As far as the best muscle-building proteins go, slow and steady wins the race, according to a new study presented at the annual American College of Sports Medicine meeting in San Francisco. 

In the study, Dr. Richard Kreider and colleagues from Baylor University examined the effects of whey protein supplementation  fortified with casein (a slow-digesting protein) versus whey protein fortified with branched chain amino acids (BCAAs) and glutamine (fast-digesting "anabolic" amino acids) on body composition during strength-training exercise.

Results showed that a daily serving of 40 grams of whey mixed with 8 grams of casein "promoted greater gains in body mass and fat-free mass" than did a daily dose of 40 grams of of whey with 3 grams of BCAAs and 5 grams of glutamine. According to the researchers, the enhanced muscle-building effects of the casein were possibly due to the protein's "timed release" effect, allowing for a more steady and prolonged supply of amino acids to the muscles.

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