Periodization simplified

There are a bunch of styles of periodization out there, and even though some people do simplify it, it still remains a scary and misunderstood subject. The three main styles of periodization are: Linear periodization Undulating periodization Block periodization Linear periodization is where the reps are reduced or increased (less effective) over several weeks and […]

HMB: steroid like results?

β-Hydroxy β-methylbutyric acid (HMB) is a metabolite from leucine and is considered to be a very promising anabolic agent. Leucine is first converted in the body to α-ketoisocaproic acid and then to HMB.As seen in pigs, about 5% of leucine is converted to HMB, and the HMB concentrations increase significantly with the consumption of leucine. This […]

Why heavy squats are shown to slow your muscle gains

Everyone is so focused on getting stronger these days, but did you know it could hurt your hypertrophy in the long run? Let me explain what I mean… This study (1) compared two groups of men who did the same training program.Both groups did the same exercises, as well as the same upper body intensity of […]

Ashwagandha – adaptogenic, androgenic & anabolic

Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera, Indian ginseng) is probably the most well-known adaptogen herb there is, which is used in Ayurveda medicine. Ayurveda, the traditional system of medicine practiced in India can be traced back to 6000 BC. For most of these 6000 years, Ashwagandha has been used as a Rasayana (nourishes, detoxifies, enhances immunity). The root […]

Ashwagandha for building muscle and staying lean

Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera, Indian ginseng) is probably the most well-known adaptogen herb there is, which is used in Ayurveda medicine. Ayurveda, the traditional system of medicine practiced in India can be traced back to 6000 BC. For most of these 6000 years, Ashwagandha has been used as a Rasayana (nourishes, detoxifies, enhances immunity). The root […]

How to train for hypertrophy: Sets, reps, rest & frequency

A lot of guys want to get buff at some point in their life… And after the beginner gains they might find that their progress has slowed down remarkably, or that it’s even stalled completely. Fortunately there are guidelines on how to optimize hypertrophy and prevent hypertrophy stalling. First off, let’s have a look at […]

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