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  • Does Cardio Kill Weightlifting Gains?

    Does Cardio Kill Weightlifting Gains? “Yo, bro.  I’m telling you.  Cardio kills your gains.” I’m sure we’ve all encountered the broscience belief that cardio kills your muscular gains. But like most seasoned broscience, little to no evidence of said killing is ever provided. So, should you do cardio before/after lifting? Or should you avoid cardio at all costs? The answer, as with most practices in life, lies in moderation. Cardio is an integral part of any fitness routine as it strengthens your heart and your respiratory system. Nothing is more embarrassing than being winded after taki...

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  • Feeling Run Down? Drop That Energy Drink And Try Natural Energy Supplements Instead

    Feeling Run Down? Drop That Energy Drink and Try Natural Energy Supplements Instead (CC BY-SA 4.0) It started with Red Bull, then Monster. Many others followed suit and before long convenience stores were flooded with a spectrum of giant 20oz cans and condensed energy shots, all packed with enough caffeine to get a small hippo running sprints. The early 2000’s marked the rise of energy drinks. They brought high doses of caffeine to people that didn’t like coffee and made it taste like candy. Not long after the rise of energy drinks, people everywhere were beginning to experience the cr...

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  • A History of Nootropics

    A History of Nootropics It may seem as if nootropics have only been around for a short time, but the fascination with cognitive enhancing substances is an old one. In fact, the relationship between humans and psychotropic compounds began thousands of years ago. Ancient Man and Psychoactive Smart Drugs The use of psychoactive compounds in one form or another is not some unique contemporary situation of our modern society. Their usage happens to be a universal phenomenon spanning every culture and nation, past and present. Evidence of nootropics use dates back as far as 10,000 y...

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  • Synergistic Combinations Using Piperine

    Synergistic Combinations Using Piperine Many people love adding pepper to their food. Freshly crushed black pepper can make any meal taste delicious, and interestingly enough, black pepper can also increase the effectiveness of many supplements. If you take Curcumin or CoQ10 (Coenzyme 10), you may notice that they generally include an ingredient called BioPerine or piperine. What is Piperine? (CC BY-SA 3.0) Black pepper has this particular molecule known as piperine which inhibits certain enzymes. These enzymes can break down beneficial aspects of your supplement, but by using Piperin...

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  • DIY Preworkout Mix

    DIY Preworkout Mix (CC BY 3.0) Every once in a while, it’s generally a good idea to cycle off a current pre-workout mix in order to avoid or reset supplement tolerance. For example, some pre-workout products contain a large quantity of caffeine and when your body builds up tolerance, the stimulatory effects of caffeine are significantly decreased and performance increase isn’t nearly as great. It’s for this reason that it’s generally a good idea to know how certain ingredients work in order to create a DIY (Do-it-yourself) pre-workout drink. This allows you to gain the full advantage...

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  • What Your Exercise Regimen Says About You

    What Your Exercise Regimen Says About You When it comes to fitness, there isn't any right style; however, the internet would have you believe otherwise. From crossfit to pole dancing, there are many fads out there that will clearly withstand the test of time, while others will thankfully (hopefully?) fade from memory. That being said, there are advocates and detractors of any type of fitness regimen. Below are some of the extremes. Crossfit What You Think: You are a dead lifting, ass-to-grass squatting machine and, yes, you enjoy burpees. You aren't just after amazing abs, taut glutes, o...

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  • Blueberry Protein Smoothie

    Blueberry Protein Smoothie Looking for a way to help build lean muscle after a tough workout? This smoothie is simple, fast, and nutritious. Plus, it tastes great! You will need the following: (CC BY 2.0) 1/2 scoop Vanilla Whey Protein 1/2 cup Blueberries 1/2 cup Milk (2%) 3-4 Ice cubes Now all you need to do is throw it all into a blender and wait until it's all smooth. If your blueberries are frozen it may take longer to thoroughly blend.  Nutrition Break Down Calories Fat Sodium Protein Whey Protein 65 1 42.5 13.5 Blueberries 42.5 0.25 0.5 0.5...

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  • Buying Nootropics in Bulk vs. Blends

    Buying Nootropics in Bulk vs. Blends (CC BY 2.0) A dip in brain function can make a genius look like a dunce. Memory problems, cloudy headedness, moodiness and generally poor cognitive function are all results of the brain not performing as it should. Nootropic supplements offer a solution to this by fueling the brain with nutrients to perform at the top of its game.  If you’re new to nootropics, one problem that may arise is the sheer amount of options you face when deciding where to start first. Every nootropic supplement is a little different and affects the brain in a unique way, s...

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  • Creatine and Beta Alanine Stack: Miracle or Snake-Oil?

    Beta Alanine/Creatine Stack: Miracle or Snake-Oil? Creatine is the work horse of the supplement community.  It is one of the most commonly consumed supplements and with good reason – it’s been proven to work, both scientifically and anecdotally. In contrast, relatively new on the scene is beta alanine, the dark horse of supplements.  Many health enthusiasts have heard of it, but know little about it, even though it lurks in the Nutrition Label of the most popular workout amalgams.  Why have companies started including it in their pre-workout mixtures? The answer is simple; because it is r...

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  • Boosting the Benefits of Racetams

    Boosting the Benefits of Racetams You've probably heard about the different hemispheres of the brain and how they process information differently. The left side of the brain is more adept at handling analytical tasks while the right side is more creative and subjective. In order to get the best of both sides there must be streamlined communication between the left and right hemispheres. Improved interaction between left and right hemispheres is one of the benefits of racetams, a type of Nootropic, otherwise known as "smart drugs". Racetams have been researched extensively over the past 50...

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  • Nootropic Combo for College Students: Improve Your Focus Without Draining Your Wallet

    Nootropic Combo for College Students: Improve Your Focus Without Draining Your Wallet College can be an incredible time, possibly even the most fun and exciting challenge you have experienced up to this point in your life. But, there are also a number of issues that come along with the territory. For example, there always seems to be so much going on that it can be hard to focus; the same is true for recent college graduates as well. With all of the distractions life throws at us, it's very easy to feel pulled in about a hundred directions. Not to mention the pressures of needing to stud...

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  • Artichoke Extract and Forskolin: The Ciltep Stack

    Artichoke Extract and Forskolin: The Ciltep Stack Biohackers are largely responsible for uncovering synergistic combinations such as Artichoke Extract and Forskolin, but they do so at their own risk. (CC BY-SA 3.0) During the past couple of years, plenty of study aids and memory enhancing supplements have come onto the nootropic scene, but not many of them have lived up to the hype they arrived with. One of those "newcomers", CILTEP, just so happens to be one of the supplements whose theory lives up to its practice, and that's why it has quickly become one of the most popular choices in ...

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  • Chicken and Rice Stuffed Peppers

    Chicken and Rice Stuffed Peppers In my quest for deliciousness without fat, I stumbled across stuffed peppers. Unfortunately, ground beef is not exactly calorie or waist-line friendly. So I decided to come up with a healthy version of my own. It has over 20g of protein per pepper with less than 10g of fat. For the Chicken and Rice Stuffed Peppers you will need the following: Ingredients 4 oz chicken breast 2 bell peppers Just for 1 Cheesey rice & broccoli (can be found in the frozen vegetable aisle at most grocery stores) 1/3 cup Shredded cheddar 1/3 cup mozzarella ...

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  • Top 5 Signs You are New to the Gym - Bro Science Edition

    Top 5 Signs You are New to the Gym - Bro Science Edition Joining a gym is a great thing you can do for your health and fitness. However, it can also be a daunting task. There is this misconception that you must already be fit to use a gym. The ripped men and women can certainly be intimidating, but the odds that they are watching you is unlikely. Unlikely, that is, unless you commit many rookie mistakes. Most committed gym goers are focusing on their form, trying for new PRs, and so on. They will only honestly take notice of you if you do something incredibly annoying, stupid, dangerous,...

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  • Insanity, P90X, and T25 Beachbody Programs Reviewed

    Insanity, P90X, and T25 Beachbody Programs Reviewed We've discussed various at home exercise routines before. We've even poked fun at a few. However, the lure of sleeping in instead of spending time driving to the gym is powerful. If you've been thinking about ending your relationship with the gym in favor of working out from home, then you've probably considered a BeachBody program. However, there are numerous BeachBody programs, and many people feel intimidated and uncertain where to start. While there are a multitude of BeachBody programs, we are going to focus on three popular iterati...

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