Fitness & Wellness Articles

By On August 13 In Nutrition / Diet / Meal Plans

This article will be dedicated to the detrimental effects of binge drinking AKA going out and getting drunk. In today’s society, almost everyone drinks and they often drink too much. There are many reasons people drink, including trying to fit in. Don’t be a follower, be a leader. If you want to achieve huge muscles and ripped abs, I guarantee vodka, rum, beer, etc. is not the way to do it. If you want to work out through the week and get drunk on the weekends and end up looking like a joke, that’s up to you. If you eat and drink like everyone else, you will look like everyone else. To get your dream physique, you have to dedicate every breath in your body, and this means excluding alcohol. After reading this article, there is no doubt you will be motivated to change. The facts: alcohol decreases protein synthesis and increases fat storage. Let’s look at why.

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By On December 08 In Nutrition / Diet / Meal Plans Building Muscle

What’s a Hardgainer?
The popular definition of a hardgainer is a person that works out hard with weights but has a hard time putting on muscle. Six weeks of working out can go by and no significant changes in muscle size are noted other than perhaps a bit of an increase in muscle tone. According to this popular definition of a hardgainer, all of us are "hardgainers" because for the most part, putting on muscle is not an easy endeavor. The easiest period to gain muscle is during puberty. After that, gaining muscle becomes progressively harder as we age due to the fact that hormonal production starts declining between the ages of 25 and 30.

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  It can mean the difference between you being one of the BIGGEST and MOST RIPPED guys in the gym, sweating on the weight room floor moving
 “barloads” of heavy steel… or being the little skinny guy talking on his cell
phone riding the cardio machine!

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(information extracted from GROWTH HORMONE: Reversing Human Aging Naturally (The Methuselah Factor ) , written by James Jemieson and Dr. L.E. Dorman with Valerie Marriott)

The importance of diet and exercise in optimizing growth hormone levels applies to those who elect growth hormone therapies as well as those who don't. 

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By Andrew McInroy, B. Sc. Nutrition

After you have a great nutrition and training program, it is time to start thinking about investing in supplements. Indeed, the right supplements can take you further than you can achieve with just a good diet. However, some supplements are garbage and overpriced. This will be an article on some of the best supplements out there to spend your money on and you can bet that Fitness First USA has the best products!

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One of the great things about bodybuilding is that it’s never too late to begin. Recent studies show that while the majority of sports have physiology-based age limitations, you can build and maintain muscle with advancing age. That’s not to say that adding muscle isn’t easier when you’re young. Those who train in their 20s or younger are at a distinct advantage when it comes to bodybuilding progress. They have a more potent release of anabolic hormones, more complete and rapid recovery from workouts and the ability to get stronger with less chance of injury. Those advantages may lead you to conclude that bodybuilding should be left to the young, but nothing could be further from the truth. The real advantages of lifting weights occur as you age. While the search for the fountain of youth continues, most scientists agree that the closest things to it are exercise and diet. The human body operates on a “use it or lose it” principle. Aging people who don’t present themselves with mental challenges often wind up with the more serious cases of mental degeneration. Those who don’t exercise their muscles may lose their ability to move.

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By On September 20 In Nutrition / Diet / Meal Plans Women's Fitness

Your body is like an engine that needs fuel to run. If you supply it with high quality fuel, it will operate more efficiently and healthfully. Each of the five groups above supplies important nutrients and energy to fuel the body.

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By On August 22 In Nutrition / Diet / Meal Plans

By Andrew McInroy, B. Sc. Nutrition

Introduction – You can have the best weightlifting program, best supplements and even the best illegal drugs but none of it will matter unless you have a good nutrition program. This nutrition program is built for people who want to gain maximum muscle mass while staying lean and ripped and getting super strong. Let’s go!

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By On November 24 In Nutrition / Diet / Meal Plans

The basic goal of weight training for mass gain is to force the muscles to break themselves down (catabolism) and then rebuild (anabolism). When the workout provides sufficient trauma to the muscles, small tears in the muscle fibers and connective tissue are created. In the hours and days following the workout, the muscles will attempt to rebuild themselves and become stronger and better able to deal with such trauma in the future. This process is called adaptation.

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If you are like most people out there, whether you're a gym rat or a coach potato, then gaining muscle and losing fat is what you dream about. Of course, gaining muscle and losing fat is as difficult as getting a politician to tell the truth. You need to know dietary habits and needs. If you're a nerd who needs numbers, than keeping track of your calories, proteins, carbs, and fats may be warranted. In other words, are you getting the correct percentages from protein, carbohydrate, and fat? How many calories are you taking in? Do you need to decrease calories, stay the same, or increase? This all sounds like a whole lot to figure out, but its not too bad. Keep track of your food for 2 days during the week and 1weekend day. Then get yourself a chart, computer program, book, whatever. that gives you the low down on what's in each of the foods you eat. You could probably find these things at your local bookstore. Another suggestion would be to look up a sports nutritionist in your area that could help you.

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