Fitness

Low levels of testosterone, free testosterone and increased levels of serum hormone binding globulin boost the risk of obesity. Testosterone supplements reduce body fat, particularly in the abdomen, in hypogonadal men (men with low testosterone levels) and in aging men. A literature review by Caroline Allen and Robert MacLaughlin concluded that low testosterone and aging increase the risk of obesity. We need more research to determine the effects of testosterone supplements in men who are moderately overweight. Lifestyle factors such…
Although you might think that free weight rowing exercises like the barbell bentover row are the best way to build big lats, research suggests that one body-weight exercise might be even better, and keep stress off your back: the inverted row. One study from the University of Waterloo, Canada, reported that lat muscle activity during the inverted row was about 60% greater than during the barbell bentover row, meaning more fibers were working. And more muscle fibers working, the greater…
Want a better workout? Try taking taurine supplements! Trained athletes who supplement with taurine experience better exercise performance, and cyclists ride longer distances with less fatigue. There’s good reason for these positive effects: Taurine helps muscles work harder, longer, and safer. Harder: Taurine increases muscle contractility (the force with which muscle cells pull together) in both skeletal and cardiac muscle. That means more powerful workouts as muscle works harder. Longer: Taurine helps exercising muscle rid itself of lactic acid. Lactic…
Weight Training increases strength and muscle mass, which can improve metabolic health by boosting blood sugar control. It also has several possible negative effects, such as increasing inflammation and damaging DNA. The DNA provides the codes for protein synthesis. Years of DNA damage from weight training could possibly have negative effects on health. Iranian scientists found that creatine monohydrate supplements reduced DNA damage following a single weight training session. The long term significance of the study is unknown. (Journal Strength…
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Take a temporary break from free weights to torch your upper traps. There are only so many ways to hit your upper traps. Sure, they get worked with pretty much any shoulder exercise (overhead presses, lateral raises, upright rows), but isolating the upper traps is usually a matter of doing one of the few variations of shrugs you’re familiar with. If you’re tired of the standard barbell or dumbbell shrug, move over to the Smith machine. Keeping the bar in…
Exercising moderately or vigorously one to four times per week decreased the risk of stroke by 16 percent compared to inactive people. Exercising four or more times per week reduced the risk by 20 percent. A study led by Virginia Howard from the University of Alabama, Birmingham examined more than 30,000 blacks and whites living in various parts of the United States and assessed the stroke rate every six months for nearly six years. Thirty-three percent were inactive. The researchers…
The adrenal glands are important hormone secreting organs that sit atop both kidneys. They release hormones such as corticosteroids (cortisol) and catecholamines (adrenaline) that help the body deal with stress. A review of literature by Kelly Brooks and JG Carter suggested that overtraining, an imbalance between training and recovery, could suppress the adrenal glands. In severe cases, this can lead to depressed performance, psychological depression, problems regulating blood pressure and blood sugar, severe fatigue, fainting, immune system suppression and temperature…
Have you ever forgotten what rep you’re on mindset or had trouble remembering something right after a tough workout? It turns out that exercise drains glycogen from not only your muscles but also your brain. Relax: It’s actually a good thing! Just make sure you fuel up post-workout on healthy carbs. Just as carbohydrates refuel your muscles’ glycogen stores, they do the same for your brain, and according to a recent Japanese study, regular exercise also raises your brain’s baseline…
Seated presses activate shoulder muscles better than standing presses, even though people can press more weight standing. A study from University College in Norway used electromyography to measure the electrical activity of muscles during seated and standing presses with barbells and dumbbells. Deltoid activation was approximately 7 to 15 percent less during standing exercises. Dumbbell and barbell activation varied, which shows the importance of using both methods in shoulder training programs. Standing presses are probably superior for power athletes because…
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