Author Archives: Dave Hawk

Bring Up My Back, Dave 


Bring Up My Back, Dave I understand the benefits of training the entire body, but I don’t like training back at all. I never get a good workout, and I have to crush my back heavy to get it to respond. I want to make my lats wider and fuller. Can you give me a… read more

Giving Pause to Andropause  


How does an old guy gain some muscle? I don’t plan to be a bodybuilder, but I would like to build a little beef and have a little more energy. Any suggestions? A: As men age, our hormones take an unfavorable shift as testosterone declines and estrogen and cortisol increase. This condition is referred to as… read more

Thanks, Dave. My Pump Is Back! 


For eight months my strength and pump have hit the wall, so I took your advice and tried something new: I purchased Top Secret Nutrition’s Pump Igniter on Over the past couple of weeks, my pumps have been awesome, and I feel that I’m starting to make progress again. What makes this product work… read more

Gut Instincts 


I saw Gaspari Nutrition has probiotics in its MyoFusion protein. Are probiotics helpful in building muscle? A: Yes, and science continues to provide information about why probiotics are extremely important. Probiotics are good bacteria in the gut that help digestion and nutrient absorption. There are many strains of probiotics, with acidophilus and Lactobacillus rhamnosus as just two common… read more

No Expensive Equipment Needed


I want to start exercising at home, but I don’t have room for a lot of equipment. Can you give me a home workout that doesn’t require a lot of hardware? A: It doesn’t take a lot of money or equipment to get in shape, though great gear does have its advantages. The main ingredient to… read more

Supplements for Diets, Strength and Power


[ Ready to Rock the High School Reunion  ] I’m a woman in my early 30s. My 15-year high school reunion is coming up and I need to whittle my hips and waist and tighten up my arms. “The Dr. Oz Show” talked about an herbal blend called Meratrim. Have you heard of it? A) Losing weight and… read more

That Tingling Sensation


I’m taking Cellucor C4 Extreme before my training and it works well. When I upped the dose recently, however, it caused a tingling feeling on my skin, which made me a bit nervous. What’s going on? A: I believe it could be an effect from beta-alanine. Beta-alanine is a safe and unique ingredient that indirectly supports… read more

Widen My Horizons, Dave!


Q: I want to build a big V-taper on my back like I’ve seen in some of the Muscle & Body ads. I’ve been trying to do more chinups and reverse pullups, but my back isn’t growing. What should I do? A: It’s all about volume and variety. To get the most out of your back… read more

Timing My Cardio


Q: I’m trying to lose weight and the trainer at our club suggested I do cardio first thing in the morning on an empty stomach. Does it really make a difference? Also, what kind of cardio workout burns the most fat? A: Performing cardio workouts four or more times per week is the real key for… read more

The Critical Function of Digestion

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Are digestive enzymes important to take when on a high-protein diet? If so, what do you recommend? A) Enzymes are important to any diet, as they support health and recovery. Many athletes agree that it’s not exactly how much and what you eat that’s important, but what your body can utilize that really counts. You don’t… read more