America’s Trainer

Running On Empty

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Too much cardio can mess up your whole program. Here’s how to avoid it. Last month, I spoke of overreach-ing and overtraining and the potential negative effects the two can have on the body. This month, I’d like to delve deeper into the subject and address the potential adverse effects of excessive cardiovascular exercise. Physical… read more

Overtrained and Out of Gas

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Here’s how to burst through training plateaus to jump-start progress. So you’ve hit a plateau. You’ve been killing yourself in the gym, but the results don’t come as quickly as they used to. Assuming your diet is in check, you may be, in fact, working yourself too hard. This is what is referred to as… read more

Powered by Protein

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Maximize gains with these science-based dosing guidelines. Proteins are the building blocks of muscle, and a necessity to any good supplement regimen. You probably already knew that, but do you know precisely how much protein you should be consuming to support your muscle mass or gain more muscle? Chances are, you’re confused by a lot… read more

Loving Leucine

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This amino acid is a powerhouse nutrient for building muscle. I’ve talked about amino acids before in regards to their involvement in brain function due to concussions, but new research discussing the topic of muscle protein synthesis after resistance training based out of the American College of Sports Medicine shows that the amino acid leucine… read more

Why Serena Williams Keeps Winning

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What I learned training her and other superstar athletes. After coming back from the recent U.S. Open in New York, I would like to take this time to stress the level of respect I have for the individual athlete. There is a difference between team sports and individual play. While both should be commended for… read more

Put Your Body Into “Beta”

Research shows that beta-alanine can help boost high-intensity performance. Are you familiar with beta-alanine? You might have heard of this amino acid in your local supplement shop, but have you actually used it? If not, you may be missing out. Beta-alanine is a naturally occurring beta amino acid that can vastly help your performance level… read more

Why Testosterone Matters

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As men age, their bodies produce less of this essential hormone. Here’s what they can do about it. Testosterone is what separates the men from the boys. A cholesterol-derived hormone, testosterone has a considerable anabolic effect on muscle tissue, and is also essential for male performance and development. While women also produce very low levels… read more

Want Muscle? Then Know the Rules

MACKIE LAYS DOWN A FEW FOOLPROOF RULES FOR ATTAINING A LEAN, MUSCULAR PHYSIQUE.   Follow these clear nutritional and training guidelines to achieve a lean, muscular physique. A lean and hard muscular physique is something that many men strive for, but out of all of those who work to obtain a body worthy of the… read more

Bone Building with Creatine

HOW CREATINE CAN HELP STRENGTHEN BONES AND ALLEVIATE SYMPTOMS OF OSTEOPOROSIS. This sports supplement may help prevent osteoporosis. Is creatine part of your supplement regimen? For decades, bodybuilders and other athletes have used this nitrogenous organic acid, made up of the three amino acids arginine, glycine and methionine, to supply their muscles with energy to… read more

Can Aminos Heal Your Head?

A LOOK AT RESEARCH SUGGESTING THAT BRANCHED-CHAIN AMINO ACIDS MAY HELP HEAL CONCUSSIONS.   New research suggests that branched-chained amino acids may accelerate recovery in concussion victims. If you are reading this magazine, chances are you already know about the benefits of branched-chain amino acids (BCAAs), but new studies suggest there may be more to… read more