Health & Fitness

Are Pain Killers Killing Your Gains? The Truth About NSAIDs and Body Building

Heavy weightlifting, like most any sport, can cause pain and soreness. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as aspirin, ibuprofen, and naproxen are what most people turn to first and for many these drugs are part of a daily routine. When it comes to NSAIDs and bodybuilding/weight lifting the debate over whether they hurt muscle and strength gains is ongoing and often filled with misinformation and bro-science. So do NSAIDs negatively affect protein metabolism?

NSAIDs are taken regularly by approximately 33 million Americans and over 30 billion doses of NSAIDs are consumed annually in the United States making them the most used medications on the market. The major side effects of NSAIDs are related to their effects on the stomach and bowels and this is where much of the misinformation stems from.

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Deloading 101: Your Body Needs Rest to Grow, Here’s How to Give it Some

You cannot train hard every week forever, your body simply cannot take it. You’ll end up fatigued, sore and prone to injury. When you train hard for a long duration of time, you eventually have to take one step back in order to take two steps forward. Training absolutely must be planned around periodic deload or recovery weeks in order to allow the joints, tendons, muscles, and mind to regenerate and come back stronger than before.

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Recipe: Delicious Chocolate Peanut Butter Post-Workout Smoothie

One of the most rewarding parts of any good workout is how amazing post-workout nutrition tastes.

Eating quality food post-workout is crucial. The science on recovery can get pretty complex but if you boil it down to what’s significant you get the following: you need to replace the amino acids and glycogen lost during your workout.

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The Truth About Eating Raw Eggs

Every-time I crack a raw egg into my protein shake or swallow one raw my wife has to make a wise crack about Rocky and his 5 raw egg breakfast.

Consumption of raw eggs has garnered long-standing controversy from; you’ll hear everything from eating a raw egg will cause almost certain death to the only way to unlock an eggs full potential is by eating it raw. The truth, as always, is somewhere in-between.

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