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[23 May 2012 | No Comment | ]
Massage Can Help Build Bigger Muscles

Perhaps you’ve been to get a massage after someone got you a gift package for your honeymoon, anniversary, etc.  Those massage sessions can be very soothing and relaxing, so much so that many fall asleep like a new-born baby right on the table.  However, those are what are classified as “relaxation massages”.  However, intense, muscle-therapy type massages can be painful or uncomfortable, but may do wonders for your muscle mass.
A column in M&F reported, “Just 10 minutes of massage can reduce muscle tissue inflammation and speed recovery and healing, according …

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[17 May 2012 | No Comment | ]
Powerful Muscle = Powerful Brain

More than likely, the main reason why you’re endeavoring on a weight training routine is to either look better, feel better, or both.  However, did you know that hitting the iron can also help you THINK better?  Yes, indeed.  Take a look at what Muscle & Fitness recently posted:
“In a recent Japanese study published in The Journal of Physiology, researchers found that regularly carbing up after exercise raises the brain’s baseline glycogen levels by up to 60% in areas responsible for thinking and memory.  It’s worth noting that even though …

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[6 Feb 2012 | 2 Comments | ]
Should You Wear Knee Wraps?

Many weight lifters, bodybuilders, fitness enthusiasts, powerlifters, etc., when training heavy lower body exercises, such as squats, leg presses, etc., will tend to “wrap up”  their knees.  Most feel that it provides the needed protection to the knee joints.  But is that truly the case?
The column The Gym Bag recently reported that researchers “from the U.K. had lifters wrap their knees and squat with 80% of their one-rep max to determine the effects the wraps had on the biomechanics of the squat, compared with when the men performed the squats …

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[28 Jan 2012 | No Comment | ]
Strengthen Your Heart With Cocoa

Not that we’re suggesting that you go out and start pounding the hot cocoa (although with winter being in full force right now, many would not feel that’s a bad idea), but cocoa is not only excellent on your taste buds, but in a serious matter, it may also be good for the heart.
The Edge News recently reported “Eating dark chocolate gives your body more than just a shot of antioxidants.  New research suggests that consuming flavonoid-rich dark cocoa could lead to a 1.6-point drop in systolic blood pressure, significant …

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[21 Jan 2012 | No Comment | ]
Being Overweight Doesn’t Mean Your Out of Conditioning

Most make the mistake of assuming that just because someone may be slightly overweight that must automatically mean that they are out of shape, in regards to conditioning, stamina, strength, speed, power, and endurance.  That’s yet another myth that’s been perpetuated for decades.  But like many other things, “looks can be deceiving”.
Take as a case in point UFC athlete Roy Nelson.  Muscle and Fitness recently published that “Physique is not always an indicator of fitness.  Exhibit A: Roy “Big Country” Nelson outlasting lean, chiseled opponents in the Octagon.  It turns …