Not all proteins are created equal. While all are made up of amino acids, nine of those acids are essential and must be consumed through your diet. Your body can make the other nonessential ones. Food proteins that contain all nine essential amino acids are known as complete proteins, and nearly all of them come from unprocessed…
Your body type, genetics, and hormonal biosignature all factor in to your overall health and fitness. When you understand your body’s inherent predispositions, you can tweak your diet and training routine to optimize strength, weight loss, and performance.
The bench press is the king of upper body exercises. Whether your goal is to increase your strength, muscular development, or fat loss, the bench press should be a regular part of your routine. However, the range and diversity of the exercise also makes safety and form especially important. Learn how to master one of the most effective exercises out there with tips on bench press safety and ways to improve your methods.
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.
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.