Physique Tip #06 – Form First

January 18th, 2017

  In the beginning, progress in the gym comes quickly. Enthusiasm is high, commitment levels strong, and your body is receptive to the challenge. However, lifting isn’t always a linear process. There are days when you’ll be strong and others where you struggle to manage the same weights used for the previous workout. It’s easy […]

Physique Tip #05 – Load up on Leucine

January 16th, 2017

  While each of the 22 or so amino acids commonly found in our diet is valuable in its own way, leucine is arguably the most important. Leucine is one the branched chain amino acids, or BCAAs, and is essential because we cannot synthesize this molecule in our bodies; it must be obtained through foods or […]

Physique Tip #04 – Grow Green

January 15th, 2017

If they’re not already, non-starchy vegetables should become a mainstay in your plan. They’re low in calories, loaded with water and fiber (the volume of which, assists with hunger control), and high in vitamins and minerals.   Veggies are also packed with with powerful disease-fighting compounds call phytonutrients. In nature, these colorful compounds protect plants from […]

Physique Tip #03 – Work Every Angle

January 14th, 2017

Like most other things in life, training is most effective when you learn to work all the angles. In this case, we’re talkin’ both literally and figuratively.   Working body parts (especially large body parts like back, quads, glutes, and pecs) through an abundance of different exercises stimulates the muscles from a variety of angles to maximize […]

Physique Tip #02 – Get Your Priorities Straight

January 12th, 2017

  You say you want to add more lean mass in 2017? Then you should to prioritize your training for size.   Performing aerobic exercise before resistance training depletes muscle glycogen and increases intramuscular acid concentrations, both of which compromise your ability to lift maximally.   Conversely, hitting the iron before cardio is favorable to improving […]

N.Y.N.O. Physique Tip #01 – Wake Consistently

January 11th, 2017

  If you read our last post you probably already gathered that N.Y.N.O. stands for New Year, New Opportunities.   Clearly many people view losing weight, eating healthier, and working out more often as important; over 26% of the people that make resolutions sited these as areas for improvement in the coming year. And yet, even with the best of […]

New Year, New Opportunities

January 9th, 2017

  There’s nothing magical about January.  The days are short. And, depending upon where you reside, the weather is often quite cold and nasty. In fact, if it weren’t the designated start of each new year, most people probably wouldn’t pay the month much mind.   Thing is, the new year is a big deal […]

Bigger Muscles for a Bigger (and Better) Brain

November 2nd, 2016

    “Great ideas originate in the muscles” – Thomas Edison   Thought he may not have meant literally, it turns out this might actually be true.   Increased muscle strength leads to better brain function according to recent findings from the Study of Mental and Resistance Training (S.M.A.R.T.) trial.   Using randomized, double blind […]

Build Better with Raspberries

October 12th, 2016

  If the results from two recent mammal studies turn out to be applicable to humans, red raspberries could prove very useful in the quest for building a better physique.   Study #1 – Oregon State University 76 male mice were divided into three groups and fed a low-fat diet (10% calories from fat), a […]

Betaine battles insulin resistance

September 25th, 2016

  Individuals with insulin resistance (IR) do not regulate blood sugar (glucose) as effectively as those in the general population. Healthy people are able to tightly control sugar levels by using insulin to shuttle excess from the bloodstream into the muscles, liver, and brain, where it is used for fuel. When insulin resistance is present, glucose […]