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This entry is part 2 of 4 in the series Creatine Roundtable
Discover the various forms of creatine and their effects

Discover the various forms of creatine and their effects

You made it to Part 2 of our Creatine Series. Welcome!

Creatine Round Table – Part 1: What’s The Deal? gave you some background on Creatine and what it is. Part 2 will go over the various forms of creatine to shed some light on the differences.

Though you should read through Part 2 thoroughly, in case you wanna skip right to the end result, we suppose you can just head on over to Creatine Roundtable – Part 3: What’s It Do? and go over the many benefits of our good friend, Creatine.

Anyway, let’s not waste any time and jump right in… Continue Reading…

This entry is part 1 of 4 in the series Creatine Roundtable
Get acquainted with creatine to know the different forms, and the numerous benefits.

Get acquainted with creatine to know the different forms, and the numerous benefits.

It may be safe to say that Creatine is the most studied product in the bodybuilding world. This series of articles will help explain everything you need to know about creatine. Let’s go!

Creatine is not an amino acid, however. Creatine in the human body comes from the amino acids alanine, glycine, and methionine.

We found an article called: Can Creatine Really Improve Exercise Performance from BodyBuilding.com. This article explains how creatine benefits performance, among other things, pretty damn well.

Creatine is found in skeletal muscle in the form of creatine phosphate, and its main mode of action is to provide an inorganic phosphate to resynthesize ATP during high intensity activities, typically lasting 10 seconds or less (i.e. sprinting, high intensity weight lifting). However, as more research has been done, it appears that creatine may have benefits for other types of exercise as well. For completeness, I’d mention that creatine has even shown benefit in the treatment of certain disease states, but that topic is beyond the scope of this article.

Creatine is the Perfect Supplement for Weight Lifting

The above mentioned article explains Creatine pretty well, and exactly where it’s found and what it does. It’s pretty black and white: Continue Reading…

Probiotics are live bacteria that are extremely healthy for keeping our gastrointestinal tracts clean and optimal.

Probiotics are live bacteria that are extremely healthy for keeping our gastrointestinal tracts clean and optimal.

If you haven’t heard, or just don’t know too much, about probiotics, check out this Wiki article to familiarzie yourselves with these friendly bacteria.

Probiotics are live bacteria that may confer a health benefit on the host.

But if probiotics are bacteria, aren’t bacteria supposed to affect humans negatively? Wrong!

Probiotics are already present in a normal human body’s digestive system. According to numerous scientific studies conducted over the course of many years, as well as this one specific article from Harvard Medical School: Continue Reading…

Proper sleep is of the utmost importance for rest and recovery, as well as proper balancing of hormones.

Proper sleep is of the utmost importance for rest and recovery, as well as proper balancing of hormones.

How much sleep do humans need? Well, while there is no one real answer to this question, the general accepted answer is about 7-8 hours. Some may require more, some may require less.

Sleep has been a clinically researched topic for many, many years. All the researchers came to a unanimous decision – SLEEP IS IMPORTANT! SimplyShredded.com has a very fantastic article on the science of sleep. It goes very in depth and details different facets that anyone and everyone should know when it comes to catching some ZZZ’s.

There are few topics as well accepted as “sleep” – every week someone influential will tweet “get your sleep! It’s as important as diet/exercise.” This isn’t an article disputing that instead it is an investigative look at what the actual research says. We are going to take a gander at the research conducted on sleep deprivation, and make evidence-based conclusions on how sleep affects you and your performance.

Lack of Sleep Leads to Poor Mood and Poor Workouts

Our article isn’t meant to go in depth of the science behind the hormones mentioned above (that is an article for another time), but rather make you understand just how much sleep is important. Sleep is just as important as your workout routine and as your diet, if not more important!

Bottom line is this – if you don’t sleep, your machine won’t be operating to its fullest intensity. And lack of intensity yields poor workouts, and poor mood in general.

Sleep and Hormones

Sleep affects basically all the systems of your body, Continue Reading…

Read this article to find out the truth about fish oil supplements

Read this article to find out the truth about fish oil supplements

Recently there was a study that claimed fish oil supplments caused prostate cancer in men. It claimed:

This study confirms previous reports of increased prostate cancer risk among men with high blood concentrations of LCω-3PUFA.

I’m sure your eyebrows are already furrowed, and the skepticism is flying high. Well, you’re damn right to react like that, before even getting into the information. And note, I say information loosely.

This study is completely whack! The numbers and the so-called statistics, that the so-called scientists, in this so-called study, used, are beyond weak. But who doesn’t love a good media frenzy and something else to knock on in the supplement industry?

The premise of this study is that the scientists claim that eating fish oil (omega-3) supplements are hazardous. The study does not discuss nor mention the consequences of eating a high fish diet, particularly salmon, but rather focuses solely on the use of the capsules. Ya know, since they’re pills, they muuuuust be bad. Bullshit!

The study above Continue Reading…

Male body types

The Ectomorph, Mesomorph, and Endomorph

Too fat? Too skinny? Too muscle-bound?

It seems like some of us have pre-determined body types, despite how we eat or how we exercise. “Some of us will always be skinny, and others will always be fat” (an untrue statement which you will later see…) While Mother Nature has pre-disposed many of us to a certain body type, it is something that hard work and sheer determination can overcome.

Determining your body type you can be beneficial. We’re all unique snowflakes, so it makes sense to customize diet and workout plans for specific body types. Is it absolutely necessary to know your body type for diet and exercise? Of course not!

But it is helpful to know and understand your body type for optimal results while dieting and exercising. General workout and diet plans will get you 80%, even 90% of the way to your goals. But for that last 10%, specializing your workouts and more so your diet will have a huge impact.

Determining Your Body Type

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