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Eccentric Training Enhances Maximal Bench Press

Many bodybuilders and power athletes train incessantly to increase their bench press. One highly effective method to improve strength is eccentric training. The eccentric phase of the bench press is where the weight is lowered before it is pushed to the starting position. Lowering a heavy weight in a slow, controlled fashion still requires muscle contraction. Eccentric Training Enhances Maximal Bench Press This eccentric contraction is the strongest type of muscle contraction we produce. Most athletes can use more weight...
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Daily Glutamine Supplementation

Without a doubt, glutamine is one of the most important supplements an athlete can use. Glutamine supplementation enhances health and improves athletic performance by accelerating recovery. However, this research showed that a large, one-time dose of glutamine does not immediately enhance weight lifting performance. During repetitive, intense contractions hydrogen ion concentrations increase in working muscle, this decreases pH and causes fatigue. Some researchers have speculated that a high dose of glutamine before training may buffer this accumulation of ions and...
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Higher Testosterone Levels Linked to Greater Mental Sharpness in Older Men

A recent study showed that older men with naturally higher levels of testosterone performed better on tests of mental abilities than men with lower levels of testosterone. Higher Testosterone Levels Linked to Greater Mental Sharpness in Older Men According to the study published in the April issue of the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, men with high levels of free, bioavailable (testosterone not bound to a protein) testosterone performed a better on such tests than men with lower levels....
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Losing Weight With An Active Job

There is little doubt that obesity in the United States has already reached epidemic proportions and each year obesity-related pathologies cost the US billions of dollars. Many scientists and doctors know the high rate of obesity is due to inactivity. If you’re concerned about becoming overweight, research suggests the best way to prevent this is to get a job that keeps you active. Losing Weight With An Active Job Results from a recent study performed at the University of Tennessee...
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Carbohydrate Drinks Enhance Athletic and Mental Performance

Research at the University of Southern Carolina in the US recently put a group of fit men and women through a series of physical tests to determine if carbohydrate drinks improve performance in team sports situations. Carbohydrate Drinks Enhance Athletic and Mental Performance Sports scientists have known for a long time that carbohydrate “sports drinks” improve performance and delay fatigue in endurance events. However, research involving popular team sports such as basketball, hockey, soccer and rugby has received very little...
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Multiple Set Training is Needed to Increase Strength and IGF-1 Proteins

Single set training or multiple set training- which is more effective? Recent research on experienced lifters gives further insights into this question. In this research, two groups of trainees participated in either a low-volume (one set with heavy weight) or higher-volume (three sets with heavy weight) strength training program for 25-weeks. The aim of the research was to investigate the effects of these training volumes on muscle strength gains, insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF-I) and its two major binding proteins, IGFBP-1...
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A High Level of Fitness Ensures High Growth Hormone and IGF-1 Secretion

Most athletes know that intense exercise triggers the release of growth hormone (GH) and anabolic growth factors such as IGF-1 within the body. Now research shows that men with high fitness levels secrete more of these potent anabolic hormones in response to exercise, and they have higher resting levels compared to sedentary men. A High Level of Fitness Ensures High Growth Hormone and IGF-1 Secretion In this study, seven men who perform regular, intense exercise were compared with seven age-matched...
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Deep Squats Activate the Glutes Most Effectively

Recent electromyography (EMG) research revealed that variation in stance width during the squat did not affect isolation of leg muscles, which is contrary to what many lifters believe. More EMG research now shows that the depth of your squats is the major determinant of glute activation. Deep Squats Activate the Glutes Most Effectively The glutes (gluteus maximus) are what bodybuilders call the butt muscles. These muscles are the prime-mover in the squat exercise. This research examined EMG activity of the...
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The Importance of Taurine for Muscle Gains

Taurine is a sulfur-containing amino acid. Most bodybuilders don’t realize that it is the most abundant free amino acid found in heart muscle, skeletal muscles, nerve, brain, and many other organs. Taurine affects many diverse electrophysiological and biochemical parameters within muscle. The Importance of Taurine for Muscle Gains is Emerging From The Research The content and transport of taurine is rapid in both slow and fast twitch fibers. It has been reported that taurine stabilizes the intracellular membrane of many...
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Missing A Few Weeks Of Training Does Not Affect Strength, Muscle Mass Or Body Fat Levels

You’ve decided to take that new job, move interstate, extend the family or undergo many other lifestyle changes that will mean a few busy weeks and no weight lifting. Not even cardio training. Under these circumstances, many bodybuilders stress out about losing their hard-earned strength and muscle gains, or even weight lost. However, latest research shows that most bodybuilders will maintain their physiques without training for up to six weeks! Missing A Few Weeks Of Training Does Not Affect Strength,...
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