The Cortisol Dilemma

After weight-loss products and protein powders, pre-workout formulas are among the biggest-selling supplements in today’s marketplace. Certainly they are the subject of some pretty entertaining—and often outrageous—advertisements on the web and in the big bodybuilding print publications.

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Creatine Supplements: What Makes it the Best?

Quality is a trait that cannot always be immediately observed. For instance, a glass of crystal-clear water at a restaurant that looks pure can have a number of impurities that may compromise your health if taken over an extended period of time. The same applies to creatine. Any ” 100% creatine” on the market today may look as pure and clean as virgin snow, but unfortunately the harsh reality is that due to inferior raw materials and substandard processing methods some manufacturer’s creatines have more than 5% chemical impurities including, in some, a carcinogenic known as DHT. That makes this highly prized supplement also one of the most highly suspect as regards quality level.

So who can you trust for a legitimate, pure source of creatine? Look to the one that uses the highest-grade raw materials and most effective testing methods for their product—Creapure® by AlzChem.

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Creatine For Women

The great majority of creatine research studies have been conducted on males. But a group of scientists at *Creighton University in Omaha recently looked at the effect of Creatine loading in women–who, as we all know, have somewhat less skeletal muscle, and may not respond as favorably as men. The Creighton crowd gave ten women a loading dose of 20 grams of creatine, with dextrose (sugar), divided into four doses daily. The same women were also given just the dextrose (as a placebo) after a 5-week washout. The placebo had no effect, but after the five days’ creatine loading the women’s anaerobic working capacity was boosted by 22%. Further–and this could be significant for many trainers–the work capacity boost was NOT accompanied by a gain in bodyweight!
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For women, Creatine does the performance-enhancing job without tipping the scales.

*Eckerson JM et al: Effect of two and five days of creatine loading on anaerobic working capacity in women. J Strength Cond Res. 2004 Feb;18(1):168-73

60 MINUTES TO MAXIMUM ANABOLISM

By Chad M. Kerksick, PhD, ATC, CSCS*D, NSCA-CPT*D
Feb 18, 2010

TARGETING YOUR POST-EXERCISE “GOLDEN HOUR” FOR EXPLOSIVE MUSCLE GROWTH

Paramedics and other emergency personnel will attest to the fact that, in emergency scenarios, the sooner immediate care can be provided, the greater the chance a victim will survive. Similar statements can be made regarding the timing of nutrients after an intense exercise bout. In this respect, evidence continues to accumulate which indicates that when you consume your nutrients may be equally as important as how much or what type [1-3]. In short, the sooner the better!
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In all fairness, a convincing argument for nutrient timing could be applied using any form of food or supplementation. When time is taken, however, and a formulation is developed which combines several areas of supportive nutrients, the potential for excellence in that formulation goes up drastically. Case in point, MyoZene , a new formulation by the folks at BioQuest just might be one of the more complete formulations available, at least that is what some well-acclaimed heavy-hitters in the sports nutrition world have reported after reviewing the formulation and the research associated with it. Here’s why they are so excited!
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Building a Solid Foundation

In recent years, our knowledge of what nutrients are most important for supporting positive adaptations to resistance training has grown exponentially. It has been reported for many years now that individuals who regularly train have a 2x greater protein requirement than sedentary individuals [4, 5] and require 30 – 50% more protein than endurance athletes [4, 5]. Greater protein is needed to help facilitate recovery from intense exercise, repair damaged cells and further promote the adaptations seen with regular resistance training. In this respect, studies continues to show when some combination of protein and amino acids are added to a regular resistance training program that greater adaptations such as increases in strength [6] and body composition [6, 7] occur. In addition, studies have suggested that protein type is an important consideration. For example, ingestion of high-quality sources of protein facilitates training adaptations [6, 8].

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Ultra-Hydrolyzed Proteins Emerge as the Key to Extreme Muscle Growth

When it comes to protein supplementation, the Golden Rule hasn’t changed. Quality still beats quantity. However, in light of recent scientific investigation, it has become apparent that the Golden Rule should be amended as follows: null

“Quality still rules, but timing is all important.”

Even as you’re reading this article, there’s a massive transformation going on in our understanding of how and when the human body adds lean muscle mass in response to the combination of resistance training and targeted nutrition. In essence, what scientists are coming to realize is this: “Fast” isn’t nearly fast enough. After an intense workout ends, you have ninety minutes to two hours, at most, for real growth. During this brief period, you’ve got to get targeted nutrition, high-quality aminos and growth factors, into muscle tissue to support repair and growth.

The vast majority of protein formulas contain complex, long-chain aminos that are simply too slow in digesting to properly take advantage of this interval. As a result, athletes are left with unutilized aminos still churning in their guts hours after their workouts, and opportunities for growth are lost.
Myozene Ultra Hydrolyzed Proteins Emerge as the Key to Extreme Muscle Growth

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