THE LAB (Supplement School)

Creatine-Rich Foods or Creatine Supplements?

Creatinecreatine has been established as an important component of maximal muscle growth, strength and energy in the world of weightlifting, hence its almost ubiquitous presence in pre-workout formulations.  Though creatine can be formed in the kidneys and liver from arginine, glycine and methionine, weightlifters should supplement this production, either by taking powdered creatine supplements such as creatine monohydrate, or by consuming large amounts of creatine-rich foods.

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Aesthetics on the surface, but are you missing something? It’s all in your blood!

Have bloodyou been hammering away in the gym, day after day, week after week, throwing the iron around, and knocking out your fasted cardio or some form of HIIT only to not make the gains you are after or obtaining the ripped conditioning you should be displaying on your physique? You’ve stuck to your eating regimen, high carb – low carb days, post-show higher calories and pre-show caloric deficits. You have done everything you were told to do, only to not achieve the results you should be getting...

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What's In A "Fat Burner"

Asfat burner 2 someone who has worked with a large number of people on body transformations, something that clients looking to lose body fat bring up straight away when they come to work with me is whether they should add a fat burner to their supplement regime.  

Competitive bodybuilders and physique athletes also turn to fat burners to help shed those last few pounds of body fat before competition.  Diet is essential. If you’re not losing fat through diet and training then I would never suggest relying on a fat burner, however they can certainly help your progress, especially nearer the end of a cutting phase.  

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Three Must-have Dietary Ingredients

Results.EAS-Whey-Protein-Chocolate-791083564496 That’s the name of the game, right? If you talk with any competitor about what they hope to accomplish for the next show or season, they will inevitably use a variety of words to describe what is essentially an outcome or result. Typically, these descriptions include the following keywords: bigger, shredded, wider, tighter, leaner, and stronger.

Interestingly enough, these same keywords show up in marketing and advertising campaigns for supplements. Why? Because people want results, and they want to understand the potential outcome or benefit that can be derived from using said product or service. It’s just human nature...

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HMB: Yes or No?

Beta-hydroxy-beta-methylbutyrate,HMB-PP or HMB as it is better known, is a naturally occurring metabolite of the essential amino acid leucine which has become a very popular supplement within the bodybuilding world.  HMB is known mainly for its ability to reduce the protein breakdown which occurs during intense and heavy weight lifting, but it also contributes to increased lean muscle mass, greater strength, greater endurance and more rapid muscle recovery.  Additionally, HMB has been proven to decrease body fat as well as reduce LDL blood cholesterol levels...  

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Natural Methods to Expel Water and Increase Definition

Retainingripped freak diuretic water can make you feel bloated and cause your hands, feet and ankles to swell. Water retention occurs for different reasons, including hormonal changes, the consumption of sodium, high blood pressure or other medical conditions. See your doctor if you experience frequent water retention to rule out an underlying disorder. If your water retention is hormonal or diet related, you may find relief in a few of these natural methods.

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Natural Libido Enhancers

 

Testosteroneboner rock is responsible not only for optimal muscle mass, it is also vital for sexual drive and function.  For those of you who compete, chances are that you are already consuming several of the foods, minerals and herbs which are known to enhance testosterone production, but let’s review them here.  If you are having issues with a lagging libido, you might want to add a couple of substances that are not yet in your regimen...  

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Electrolytes 101

Forgatorade a lot of us, taking our workouts to an intense level means a lot of sweating. Without getting too scientific, I would like to briefly explain a little about the importance of Electrolytes and their role in keeping you hydrated properly and performing at your best.

Electrolyte is a "medical/scientific" term for salts, specifically once broken into its ions. The term "electrolyte" means that this ion is electrically-charged and moves to either a negative (cathode) or positive (anode) electrode:

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