Creatine Monohydrate Technically Speaking

Competitive and recreational athletes use creatine monohydrate for its per-formance-enhancing, or ergogenic, properties. It's been shown in numerous studies to be beneficial in activities that are dependent on the anaerobic energy system, which includes such sports as powerlifting, sprinting, swimming and field events. Such sports typically involve high-intensity, short-duration movements with short rest breaks during training. The energy for them comes primarily from stored skeletal muscle ATP...

Protein and Bodybuilding

At a sports nutrition seminar I attended some time back, a woman who was a marathon competitor and the author of several books on sports nutrition gave a lecture on optimal nutrition for various sports, including carb loading, adequate hydration and carb snacks to eat during endurance events. She presented her material well and supported it with well-designed studies. Suddenly, in the middle of her presentation, however, she flashed a slide of former Mr. Olympia Chris Dickerson. The photo was...

Growth Hormone QA

O I've heard that muscle fibers can split, ere -ating more and more fibers in a given bodypart. That would be one reason bodybuilders get so huge their fibers are multiplying. I also heard that GH may help it occur. How do I make my muscle fibers split A While research hasn't shown conclusively that muscle fiber splitting, or hyperplasia, occurs in humans, animal studies have proved that it does happen within muscle structures. For example, in one study the hyperplasia in rats was the result of...

Hormonal Wars The Conflict From Within

While you may not be aware of it, a struggle for biochemical domination is occurring within you. The victor of this war ultimately determines whether you make muscular gains or lose muscle and even get fat. The two combating armies are collectively called anabolic and catabolic hormones. The most familiar of them from a bodybuilding perspective are testosterone (anabolic), growth hormone (anabolic), insulin (anabolic) and Cortisol (catabolic). Anabolic refers to the metabolic building...

Diet Facts Fallacies and Strategies for Building Muscle and Burning

If the human body could list its top-10 most efficient processes, adaptation would probably rank number one. Evolution over millions of years has turned the species into a form that's geared not for the production of a slim waist or muscular amis, but for survival. In ages past, periods of famine were common. Yet the human race prevailed. The catch, unfortunately, is that those who have a considerable propensity to store fat survived. Thus, the 20th-century human is someone who has adapted to...

Burn More Fat With Ephedrine and Ephedra

If Laura Fraser, the Good Houskeeping writer who recently surveyed the most popular natural diet aids,1 wanted to be objective about ephedra, she could have looked up the word in a Chinese dictionary. Ephedra, roughly translates to astringent and yellow. Instead, Fraser likes another definition for the Chinese herb legalized speed. Mainstream America has discovered a better, nonprescription fat-burning pill than the recently withdrawn dexfenfluramine Redux , but a barrage of...

Essential Fatty Acids

Let me be up front about this I'm going to try to make you buy something here. It's something that's good for you and for your athletic performance although it's an idea that takes getting used to. After all, nutritionists and diet gurus have been indoctrinating us about the evils of dietary fat since the 1970s, so it's difficult to believe that some fats are essential for life. Apparently, the term fat is far too simple for the complex substance it represents. Here's why I believe it's in the...

Solution for Smallness

Much of what follows is in line with advice I was lucky enough to receive in the early 1970s from one of bodybuilding's pioneers, Pete Grymkowski, the co-owner of Gold's Gym International. In order to grow, he said, you have to consume large quantities of the highest-possible-quality protein supplements. In 1973 Pete achieved a peak contest weight of 256 pounds at 5' 10, which was in large part due to the consistent consumption of a minimum of 500 grams of protein. That was during a time in...

The Growth Hormone Phenomenon

Hormone manipulation may sound like some futuristic concept, but it's here and it's achieving spectacular results in medicine and athletics. In terms of muscle growth, the technique of boosting testosterone, growth hormone and insulin levels at specific times is becoming the great bodybuilding equalizer. Thanks in part to hormone manipulation, we're now seeing some of the most impressive drug-free bodybuilders that ever walked planet earth. Studies show over and over again that boosting certain...

Ribose The Key to Cellular Energy

Ribose Glucose Arabinose

On an elemental level, all the size and strength gains you can possibly make come down to one thing energy. While it's obvious that you won't be able to train with maximum intensity if you don't feel energetic, you'll also make less bodybuilding progress because of the lack of cellular energy available. Your body needs cellular energy to power such essential reactions as glycogen and protein synthesis within muscle, as well as innumerable other biochemical recovery reactions that occur after...

Guggulsterones Turn Up the Heat to Burn More

Commiphora mukul is an herb known as guggul. Just as that plant has unique and interesting names, so it also has unique and interesting effects on the human body. Guggul is a tree that grows in India that exudes a resinous sap from its bark. The resin has been used for centuries in India's traditional Ayurveda medicine. In our modern world of advanced chemistry the sap is processed and purified and then standardized for its active constituents Z and E guggulsterones. The two compounds are plant...

Glutamine The Essential Nonessential Amino Acid Part

The amino acid glutamine has a unique and key role in the muscle-building process. It's intimately linked to growth. The more glutamine your muscles contain, the more they'll grow. Therefore, you should attempt to load your muscles with glutamine. Unfortunately, that's easier said than done, and you face two major obstacles 1 Intense training depletes glutamine stores, and 2 most of the glutamine you take in through food or supplements doesn't make it into the blood, much less to the muscle....

Creatine QA

Q Do I have to load effervescent creatine the way I do other creatine products A Yes, you should perform a standard loading phase, using 20 grams of creatine a day for five days, and spread that dosage throughout the day so you get five grams at four different times. If you're using Muscle-Link's Effervescent Creatine Elite, that's four packets a day, which means one 20-packet box will take you through your five-day loading phase. Q I eat six meals a day, so how do I load if every dose has to...

Anabolic Anticatabolic QA

Q You ve done a lot of research on insulin. Is it a bodybuilder's friend or foe Should hardgain -ers try to get insulin surges throughout the day via high-glycemic-index carb intake to kick-start anabolism and blunt Cortisol release, or will that have negative effects A Insulin is a storage hormone that has the capacity to increase fat deposition, foster carb storage as glycogen and help increase muscle protein synthesis by promoting amino acid uptake in muscle while blunting Cortisol's...

Boost Your Stagnant Metabolism

Losing bodyfat is one of a bodybuilder's main goals and possibly the most frustrating. After long periods of dieting you often hit a plateau. What happens when fat loss comes to a screeching halt You redouble your efforts. You fumble around with your diet, supplements, cardio and so on, trying to increase your caloric expenditure and metabolic rate. Despite the best intentions, however, many of those efforts are self-defeating. People who are trying to lose weight often experience a decrease in...

Thyroid hormone T to the higheractivity T

Cause a decrease in thyroid activity. Thyro Stak, unlike the pharmaceutical preparations Synthroid and Cytomel, is not a source of active thyroid hormone. That's an important distinction. Thyro Stak will allow your body to maintain a degree of regulation, rather than subjecting it to whatever dose people assault their bodies with in an attempt to meet weight-loss or bodyshaping goals. Guggulsterones have been shown to stimulate the thyroid gland to release thyroid hormone. Phosphates have been...

Ribose QA

Synthesis Adenosine

Ibose could potentially be the most significant new food supplement since creatine hit the m U market about six years ago. Until now, ribose was only meaningful to biochemists and medi -cal researchers. While it plays a pivotal role in the synthesis of adenosine triphosphate m ATP , the most elemental form of energy produced in cellular metabolism, and thus could -A- L. have important effects on energy and exercise recovery, until recently the only research on ri -bose had to do with its use in...

Adipokinetix Faster Fat Burning Through Biochemistry

Adipokinetix is a supplement that mobilizes and burns fat tissue without sacrificing muscle and organ tissue. You should be familiar with the ECA stack a combination of ephedrine. caffeine and aspirin. Adipokinetix is similar to ECA but is a vast improvement. It takes fat mobilization and burning to a new level. Adipokinetix contains precise ratios of 1R.2S norephedrine HC1. caffeine, yohimbine HC1 and now 50 milligrams of theophylline. The aspirin is left out because some people are sensitive...

Anavolics The Science Behind Cell Volumization

Arginine Side Effects

A navolics is a term I coined that's de- w rived from two words, anabolic and g volume. Perhaps it makes some sense m that as a tissue, specifically muscle, M grows anabolic , it will take up more space volume . As a review of the published studies indicates, however, that may be putting the cart before the horse. It appears that an increase in volume occurs first, and the anabolic process follows. Very few supplements are anabolic. Frankly, the only ones that have shown any mass-building...