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The Beta Alanine Supplement Guide: Does It Boost Athletic Performance?

What is Beta Alanine? Beta-alanine turns into carnosine the help buffer against acidity in the muscle ([1. activities that stress intracellular acidosis – exercise over 30 seconds– Bogdanis GC, et al. Power output and muscle metabolism during and following recovery from 10 and 20 s of maximal sprint exercise in humans. Acta Physiol Scand. (1998)]). When pH drops, Carnosine is released by the cells; elevated levels of Carnosine can supress lactic acid production for a short period of time. The Beta Alanine Claim: Increases muscular endurance during aerobic activities by suppressing muscle fatigue (anaerobic threshold and exhaustion time increased) allowing...

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The Multivitamin Guide: Do Multivitamins Actually Do Anything?

What is a Multivitamin A multivitamin is nothing more than an oral supplement that contains a whole medley of different vitamins. The problem is that there is no real regulatory definition for what a multivitamin should be made up of. That means the quality and ingredients can vary quite a bit between brands. There are two varieties of multivitamins: synthetic and natural vitamins. Synthetic vs Natural Vitamins Synthetic (i.e. traditional) multivitamins are created in a lab while natural vitamins are deprived completely from whole foods. Consuming natural vitamins gives you vitamins from food sources. I don’t think anyone will...

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The BCAA’s Supplement Guide: Do They Really Work?

What are BCAA’s 3 of the 8 essential amino acids which are the building blocks of protein: leucine, isoleucine and valine.These amino acids may have a positive influence on muscles if taken at the right times. It follows that BCAA’s are a popular workout supplement, usually ingested before or after a strenuous workout. The BCAA Claim: BCAA”s will help build muscle, prevent the breakdown of muscles (anti-catabolic effect), and aid in recovery. The Research There has been a lot of research into BCAA’s. The studies do show BCAA’s have a positive effect on muscles. BCAA’s may prevent muscle breakdown...

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Strength Training 101

Strength. Every man, at some level, wants to be strong. The relationship between strength and masculinity is a highly intertwined one. To be a man is to be strong and to be strong is to be a man. Few men will tell you they don’t want to be physically stronger than they currently are. Being strong is not only relegated to just the male ego either — women can benefit just as much as men by becoming stronger. Strength, for both genders, has a lot of benefits. If you do a sport like Muay Thai, a proper strength training...

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How to Lose Weight with Muay Thai

There’s a number of reasons people train Muay Thai. Maybe it’s because you love the sport, maybe it’s because you want to compete in the sport, or maybe it’s a means of staying in shape and losing weight. Living in Thailand and training at a Muay Thai camp for almost three years, I’ve seen my fair share of people coming and going at training camp. Not everyone comes down here to fight. Some people come down to get fit and lose weight. Now considering these are camps where you live, breathe, and eat Muay Thai multiple times a day,...

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