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What is muscle damage?

We've all felt the results of the first day at the gym: soreness, stiffness, inflammation, and pain. The cause of this discomfort is known as exercise induced muscle damage (EIMD), and although it's uncomfortable, is a necessary part of growth.

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Effectiveness of Sports Drinks on Athletic Performance

Sports Drinks Commercially available sports drinks such as Gatorade and Powerade contain carbohydrates, electrolytes, and other nutrients. These products claim to improve rehydration and provide energy to keep workouts going longer. This presumably leads to increased strength, endurance, and overall performance gains. Given these claims, do we really need to consume...

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Creatine and Aerobic Performance

Creatine and Aerobic Performance Creatine is one of the most popular supplements available. When thinking of its possible benefits, we typically imagine gaining muscle, strength, and overall size. Rarely do we think creatine has the potential to increase cardiovascular or aerobic performance. Basic Creatine Explanation After you eat fats, carbs, and proteins,...

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Creatine and Strength

What is creatine? Creatine is one of the most popular supplements in the fitness industry. It plays an important role in energy metabolism and supplementation provides many benefits including increased muscle mass, strength, and improved body composition. How does creatine work? When we eat macronutrients, they get converted into adenosine triphosphate or ATP....

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How to Burn Fat

Creating a more toned, defined and ripped look is the pinnacle of fitness. Companies have created pills, creams and even electro-shocking ab belts to help you reach your potential. Burning fat to create a better looking body is easy and involves proper diet and exercise. Stop wasting money on...

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How to Ruin a Calorie Deficit

A calorie deficit is the "magic" that makes weight loss possible. It is the difference between the amount of energy you burn and eat; the shortfall of energy caused by eating less and moving more. If your body burns 2,000 calories per day and you only eat 1,500, that...

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Relevant or Outdated? The 3,500 Calorie Weight Loss Rule

Weight Loss In 1958, a now infamous study concluded one pound of body fat was equal to 3,500 calories1. It's been conventional diet wisdom for over half a century: a 3,500 calorie increase or decrease, above or below maintenance levels results in a one pound change in weight. Most diets...

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Body Fat Percentage vs. Body Mass Index (BMI)

Body Composition Body weight gives us a very broad picture of diet and fitness progress. If we want more specific measures of how well our exercise routines and diets are working, we turn to other gauges, specifically body fat percentage and body mass index (BMI). These tools provide a more...

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