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You keep truckin' little buddy...

You keep truckin’ little buddy…

I’m sure most of us have heard of spot reduction. Spot reduction was huge back in the day with old-school bodybuilders, like Arnold and those dudes. The idea is that the more annihilation of a muscle in a certain area of your body you incur, the more fat you will strip from that body part area. It sounds kinda silly, doesn’t it? For many years, the advanced scientists and lifters thought this to be something beyond broscience. This was on another level of lack of education involving the human body. We laughed – we cried – we judged. It was “proven” over and over again that reducing fat in a particular body part area was not possible, as fat reduction occurs systematically within the body as a whole, not just the areas you choose. We sure would LOVE to be able to reduce fat just in a body part that is lacking striations and what-have-you, but no such luck… Or is there? Well, I dono, let’s read on and find out… Continue Reading…

Grrrrr muscles!!! I love muscles – you love muscles – he loves muscles – she loves muscles! Moral of the story? People love muscles. Muscles are alot more than some sexy, bulging, veiny protrusions popping out from bodies. We are going to discuss Muscle Fibers up in here. Knowing what a muscle is more than just going to do Bicep Curls, knowing your muscles will grow. There is science behind muscular hypertrophy, just like there is science behind anything. Let’s delve in…

Muscles, Muscles, Muscles

We know what muscle is, but do we actually know what muscle is?? Muscle is soft tissue that is found in animalsMy muscles ain’t soft, biatch!“. Maybe they aren’t, tough guy, but they are still considered soft tissue – deal with it! Muscles produce force and motion – they are responsible for changing our posture, starting and stopping a movement, as well as control of our internal organs. Muscle requires oxidation of fats and carbohydrates to be powered, and requires protein to get big and strong. We all know this – this is basic, elementary education.

But are muscles just muscles? No!! There is more to muscle than meets the eye… Continue Reading…

This ain’t your everyday “eat more protein” piece, so get ready to read. Dis gon’ be goooood!

In the olden days, bodybuilders and athletes always made sure to get an X amount of protein each day. Proteins are the building blocks of muscles and they make your muscles get big and strong, which we all want. However, with the advancement of science and technology, just getting an X amount of protein per day is seemingly not enough. Don’t get us wrong, calculating protein requirements based on goals and bodyweight is an absolute must, but certain tweaks and advanced methods need to be applied to stay ahead of the curve.

Certain foods have certain properties – some better than others, and what we want, is to make each individual property of the food we ingest to work for us to make the best out of those nutrients and utilize them to the greatest of efficiencies. And guess what else? Certain proteins can actually alter our internal mechanisms and environment to create body conditions specific to our goals. Be it weight gain, fat loss, or recovery – protein manipulation and utilization covers all those bases! Continue Reading…

Boost your metabolism to turn your body into a fat-burning machine!

Boost your metabolism to turn your body into a fat-burning machine!

Recently, Gone Liftin’ graced you guys with a good article about the very best superfoods you can eat, called Superfoods!! 8 Foods That Ramp Up Your Metabolism.

In this post, we are going to discuss other variables that are necessary for optimizing your metabolism to turn you into a true fat-melting, calorie-burning machine!

We wanted to use this article from GeneticWar.com, as a reference point, as it outlines everything pretty damn good, as usual.

Your metabolism is one of the biggest factors in your overall health and fitness. It’s your body’s engine – and it means everything when it comes to energy and weight loss. There are 2 primary aspects of your metabolism. There’s your resting metabolic rate, which refers to your body’s ability to convert calories into energy when you’re at rest, and then there’s your metabolic potential, or your ability to increase metabolism during exercise. Both aspects of metabolism play a significant role in your ability to produce energy, get fit, and lose weight. So both deserve special consideration.

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Get off the couch and get your metabolism revvin'

Get off the couch and get your metabolism revvin’

Metabolism Turbo Charge Part 1 detailed ways to increase your resting metabolic rate, or basal metabolic rate. Here we are going to talk about metabolic potential.

Your metabolism fluctuates throughout the day based on various factors. From exercising, to muscle resistance, to eating properly, your metabolism shifts constantly, and taking advantage of, and shifting the paradigm towards calorie burning, is something everyone should be concentrating on!

The more you can give it a boost, the more calories and fat you’ll burn over and above your resting metabolism.

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The Amino Acid Manifesto

September 4, 2013 — Leave a comment
This entry is part 1 of 7 in the series Amino Acid Manifesto
Know the amino acids - essential and non-essential.

Know the amino acids – essential and non-essential.

This series of articles is about everything you wanted to know about amino acids, but were afraid to ask.

Amino acids are the building blocks of proteins. There are a total of 22 amino acids.

9 of these amino acids are considered “essential” amino acids, meaning they are essential for proper body function and muscle utilization since the body cannot synthesize them from other compounds.

3 of those 9 essential amino acids are considered BRANCHED CHAIN AMINO ACIDS, which you can read more about in our article about BCAAs.

Let’s jump right in and list the amino acids for you to have extensive background knowledge on the topic. Continue Reading…

This entry is part 2 of 7 in the series Amino Acid Manifesto
The essential and the branched-chain amino acids

The essential and the branched-chain amino acids

Welcome! You made it from the non-essential Amino Acid Manifesto, and we are now going to talk about the amino acids that are essential to human health and function…

This list will cover all the essential amino acids (‘essential’ meaning amino acids which cannot be produced by the body), as well as the branched chain amino acids, which are part of this list.

Again, Gone Liftin’ has an article on Branched Chain Amino Acids, but this will list them again, and try and give some more info about them and their functions. Continue Reading…

This entry is part 3 of 4 in the series Creatine Roundtable
The benefits of creatine supplementation are enough to make this the most researched supplement!

The benefits of creatine supplementation are enough to make this the most researched supplement!

After reading Creatine Roundtable – Part 1: What’s The Deal? and then tickling your brain in Creatine Roundtable – Part 2: Forms Of Creatine, we can now move onto the meat of the trilogy – the benefits of creatine supplementation.

As you can see by clicking this chart to your left, Creatine supplementation is quite beneficial, to say the least. It’s not all hype. Creatine does the trick… and it does it well!

Let’s talk about the beneficial effects of Creatine without getting sidetracked about the background and the science aspects… Continue Reading…