Men today have lower testosterone levels than their fathers and grandfathers did at the same age. This is a scary thought, considering that higher testosterone levels are necessary for optimizing athletic performance, maximizing results from hard work in the gym, and maintaining long-term health. Mountains of research link environmental pollutants, sleep deprivation, nutrient deficiency, insulin…
High-intensity interval training, aka HIIT, can help you burn fat and boost conditioning quickly and efficiently; in fact, most workouts clock in at 30 minutes or less. If you’re new to high-intensity exercise, you might hold misconceptions that are keeping you from achieving your best results.
Unfortunately, vitamin D deficiencies are incredibly common. If you aren’t getting enough of this necessary nutrient, you’re at risk of developing serious health problems. While diet changes and supplements can help, regular sweat sessions outdoors are a great way to boost your vitamin D levels and decrease your risk of disease
Cardiovascular exercise is important for strengthening our hearts, lungs, and circulatory function — but despite cardio’s benefits, many people don’t enjoy it. If you’re one of those people, break away from the treadmill and consider your options. In this blog, five fitness experts share their favorite ways to get cardio in without setting foot on a treadmill.
Whether you’re preparing for the big game or getting ready for your first 5K, the topic of competition-day nutrition is a polarizing one. There seems to be an old-school versus new-school battle around how to best approach the 24 hours surrounding a competition. Even though the nutritional science field has produced information on the subject,…
Ready to dive into swimsuit season? Self-consciousness about your body can make you dread a time of year that’s supposed to be about fun in the sun. But fear not – we have a plan to help you prepare for the pool.
Endurance athletes need much more fuel than the average person. They need enough protein to fuel muscle tissue maintenance and recovery, as well as plenty of fat for brain, bone, and hormone health. They also need enough carbs to keep glycogen and energy stores full, the right number of calories for optimal body composition, and lots of water for optimal hydration.
A decade ago, critics were skeptical about the addictive properties of sugar. But new studies are pushing more and more prominent experts to speak out about the legitimately dangerous aspects of sugar consumption and addiction, especially as high-fructose corn syrup has become more common.
nflAny CrossFitter will tell you it’s the intensity of the routine that separates him or her from the pack. But research shows that doing CrossFit too frequently without making some key adjustments can have undesired consequences. Training consisting of a lot of volume and intensity produces substantial amounts of lactic acid — a compound created by the breaking down…
Eccentric (or negative) muscle movements are excellent for building strength and flexibility, but they’re not always emphasized in CrossFit. By making a few adjustments to your routine, you can better utilize eccentrics to give you an advantage during competition.