Month: January 2012

The WeighTrainer – Your Maximum Muscular Bodyweight and Measurements

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r a drug-free bodybuilder trying to develop maximum muscle mass, the knowledge of how much muscle can be developed without the use of anabolic drugs would be a very valuable asset. Unfortunately, because of the achievements of drug-using professional, amateur and recreational bodybuilders, many natural lifters either have no idea of their actual potentials, they over-estimate what they can realistically achieve or they adopt a defeatist attitude and set their goals too low. Perspective is needed. The ability to set ambitious, yet realistic, goals is needed. And while there is no doubt that through natural bodybuilding a trainee can develop truly impressive, strong muscles, the chances of a drug-free bodybuilder attaining lean 22″ arms are about the same as him sprouting wings.

Maximum muscular bodyweight and size potential are positively correlated with a person’s height and bone-structure [1-6]. Simply put, naturally large-structured men generally have the potential to develop larger muscles than slightly built men. Reflecting that, there are several formulae in popular use that predict a person’s maximum muscular weight based on these variables (with bone-structure size typically estimated by measuring the circumference of the wrist)…


Muscle Growth Part 1: The Science Behind Why, And How, Does A Muscle Grow And Get Stronger? |

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The Size And Strength Relationship In bodybuilding circles there is the common misconception that muscle mass increases and strength increases are not necessarily related. That is to say, that you can increase the size of a muscle without it getting stronger. This mistaken belief presents itself commonly in the old “Bodybuilders aren’t as strong as Powerlifters” argument. If strength was related to muscle mass, wouldn’t Powerlifters be bigger than Bodybuilders?

The explanation is simple: Strong people usually have better mechanical advantages than weaker people.

This includes more favorable joint lengths and connective tissue factors (including attachment placings and superior tendon and ligament strength). They may have more type II fibers than others and/or a more efficient nervous system (which can be trained for). A muscle can be trained to get stronger but not bigger – this depends on rep range, training volume and frequency. However, if a muscle gets larger it must also get stronger in the rep range over which it was trained. Likewise, if a muscle gets stronger in a rep range conducive to producing growth then the muscle will also get larger.

It is a scientifically verified physiological fact that muscle size and strength are directly related. Let’s take a look at what happens to a muscle when you train it…

Is Too Much Protein in Your Diet Harmful?

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Bodybuilders and athletes need to consume high amounts of protein to ensure adequate recovery, and to support muscle growth. Because of this, many people ask the following question:

“Is consuming too much protein harmful?”

First, let’s get one thing straight; consuming excess amounts of protein offers absolutely no advantages as far as health and physical performance go. Once your body has received the amount of protein it requires, any additional protein consumed will simply be excreted. It will not be used to build muscle or enhance physical performance.

So what happens with the excess protein you consume? Any excess protein is filtered in the kidneys where one part of it is converted to a substance called urea, and another part is converted into glucose. The urea is then excreted through the urine, and the glucose is used as a source of energy for the body. If the body cannot use the glucose, it may be converted to body fat, although this is unlikely.

Raw milk in Poland — interview with a Polish raw milk vending machine maker | The Bovine

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Polish raw milk vending machine manufacturer Konrad Pszowski came to our attention through comments he posted on the Bovine. We thought, as a maker of raw milk automats, he could fill us in a little on the under-reported raw milk scene in Europe. So we contacted him. He wrote back, and we sent him some questions. And now we are pleased to present his answers in the form of this exclusive interview:

A Primer on Protein Powders

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Protein powders are considered a staple of many person’s supplemental regimens, and for good reason too. Protein powders are cheap, simple, and effective. They can be used for fat loss, muscle building, or for general health. They come in a variety of flavors from a variety of providers and are an efficient and sometimes delicious way to get in nutrients with minimal to no side effects (really none in healthy individuals). As far as supplements go, protein powders can be considered the closest to being a real food.

Due to these reasons, protein powders are a relatively big topic. Whether their popularity warrants such controversy over what they are and how they work is confusing though; in most cases they are, quite literally, crushed and dehydated foodstuffs. Nevertheless, many people would find a guide to protein supplementation useful.

The following looks at various forms of animal derived protein sources, and then delves into vegan sources as their existence is one riddled with unwarranted controversy.

Cysteine – Amino Acid – Vital Health Zone

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Why cysteine is good for you

Cysteine is a sulphur containing non-essential amino acid, which is formed from methionine. It is necessary in the detoxification of the body from harmful toxins. Cysteine helps protect the liver and brain from damage. It is required in the manufacture of taurine and is a component of glutathione. Skin nails and hair contain cysteine – and it is not only important in collagen production but also assists in skin elasticity and texture.

What Everyone Needs to Know About Glutathione

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Back in 1747, James Lind’s discovery that Vitamin ‘C’ could cure scurvy was a major medical breakthrough, that saved countless lives.

Since then, Vitamin C has been found to be beneficial for many other things as well. However, it wasn’t until 1954 that scientists began to understand exactly why it’s so powerful. During that year, a researcher named Dr. Denham Harman formulated the free radical theory of aging. This theory suggested that aging is actually caused by free radicals, which attack and damage the cells of the body. Dr. Harman further theorized that this process could be slowed by antioxidants, nutrients with the power to neutralize free radicals and heal the cellular damage caused by them.

Other scientists at first scoffed at Dr. Harman’s idea; however, it has since been proven by numerous studies. It is now known that Vitamin C is an antioxidant and that is why it has so many benefits.

In recent decades, however, researchers have discovered an antioxidant that is even more powerful. It is known as Glutathione, and it is present in every cell of the body.


Glutathione is produced naturally in the liver. It is made up of three amino acids, and it is vital for cellular metabolism. It protects against oxidative stress caused by free radicals, is required for the immune system to function properly, and is a potent detoxifier.

The importance of glutathione has been validated by over 92,000 scientific articles, more than twice the amount that has ever been published about vitamin C. In fact, nutrition experts believe that it is just as necessary for our health as oxygen, food and water.