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Why High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) Is More Myth Than Cardio & Fat Burning Miracle 1

Why High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) Is More Myth Than Cardio & Fat Burning Miracle

Aerobics? What a terribly boring way to get in shape and lose weight. Ride a bike, run, swim for a whole half-hour or more and you’ll be breathing hard, sweating and oh so bored. Enter HIIT.

High intensity interval training (HIIT) is an attractive option when it comes to building cardiovascular endurance and burning fat because it promises to deliver the same results as that half-hour bore in only a fraction of the time.

HIIT was introduced as a no frills way to burn calories, lose weight and build a strong cardiovascular base. Since the idea first hit the mainstream, regardless of fitness goal, HIIT has been the answer.

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How Gyms Make Money By Setting You Up To Fail 2

How Gyms Make Money By Setting You Up To Fail

As the owner of a robust garage gym I don’t spend a ton of time thinking about gyms and their members. That is, until I heard an absolutely fascinating episode of the Planet Money podcast on NPR now (or subscribe via iTunes). The episode covered the tactics that low-cost gyms use to make a fortune on $10 a month membership fees by setting their members up to fail.

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Raise Shoulder Awareness With This Simple Move 4

Raise Shoulder Awareness With This Simple Move

Keeping your shoulders back and down is not only the best way to improve your posture, doing so keeps your body and shoulders in a structurally sound position to move big weight in movements like bent rows, bench presses and overhead presses. The simple drill above will help teach you greater awareness of your shoulder position and what it feels like when you’re locked in.

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Justice Department Targets Supplement Manufacturers with Criminal Charges

Dietary supplements are difficult, no basically impossible, for the FDA to regulate because they aren’t classified as drugs. You could quite literally fill some gel caps with flour, drop them on the market as creatine caps and make money hand over fist if you get some athletes on Instagram pushing your crap.

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Pallof Press — The Best Exercises Named After Famous Lifters 5

Pallof Press — The Best Exercises Named After Famous Lifters

For great abs and obliques, skip the machines and crunches and do the Pallof press. It’s safe, effective, and very tough.

Want to target the entire core, including the shoulder and hip complexes in addition to the abdominal wall? Give the Pallof press a shot. This anti-rotation movement will challenge your static and dynamic stability of the “pillar” all at once.

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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 6

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 7

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 8

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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