March 2021

New research has shown that certain gut bacteria can play a significant role in the accumulation of visceral fat (aka belly fat, or the hidden fat which surrounds your organs like the liver and intestines). The bacteria in your gut help you digest food, and specific diet nutrients and gut bacteria affect the accumulation of fat in different ways. For example, protein and cholesterol were shown to be associated with increased visceral fat, however, Fiber, Magnesium and Vitamin E tend to be linked with lower visceral fat. Essentially, the food you eat can influence which microbes stay in your gut, which in turn can have an effect on how much visceral fat you have.

Testosterone Propionate, often called Test P or Test Prop, is an anabolic-androgenic steroid (AAS) which is often used for muscle mass building, often used in bulking cycles. Originally Test Prop was intended for treatment of androgen deficiency from hypogonadism or andropause. Nowadays it is used intramuscularly in heifer cows who are candidates for masculinization, particularly to increase sexual aggressiveness. In humans, it is often used by bodybuilders to increase muscle mass. 

With summer coming just around the corner, bodybuilders, gym rats, and even the average person is trying to get in their best shape – and for most, that means dialing in to lose a few extra pounds. Most people have attempted to intentionally lose weight and go on a diet for some period. After reaching that goal, whether it be a major weight loss or just a minor tune up, you may be asking yourself, what next?

Anavar (Oxandrolone) and Winstrol (Stanozolol) are oral steroids, and of which Winstrol can also be found in injectable form. Bodybuilders often have a hard time choosing between the two because they are so similar. To help you make the best choice for yourself, we will review the differences and key features of each. 

If you’re into the bodybuilding world, you have probably heard about the use of Growth Hormone (GH, or Human Growth Hormone-HGH). Also known as the fountain of youth, growth hormone affects your overall health, longevity, looks, physique, memory, and concentration. HGH can also preserve telomere length, which increases your lifespan! But did you know how growth hormone affects sleep? We are going to go into specifics about the role sleep plays in growth hormone secretion and athletic performance. 

In some areas, access to regular gyms can still be extremely limited. Perhaps you’ve started working out at home or in a smaller environment to keep up with your goals. But are your workouts as effective as they can be? Have you been only maintaining or even losing some lean muscle mass? Here are a few techniques you can incorporate to maximize and maintain your gains- even when you don’t have access to the gym. You can incorporate these methods using only bodyweight (yes, it is possible to maintain muscle with bodyweight exercises if you do it correctly and with intention), bands, or any weights you do have access to.
Last week we talk about the importance of deloading – taking a break from lifting or reducing weight/reps for a week or two to allow your body to recover from overtraining. Lifting to the max number of reps each set sounds good on paper. Many will tell you that it’s the only way to make progress – they are wrong. 
Lifting to your max number of reps all the time does indeed produce results; however, it also over taxes your system and can hinder progress. Your muscles, bones, joints, ligaments, even your CNS take a beating from lifting alone. To demand 100% from your body all the time is asking for disaster – well the need for a deload. It can also put you in situations where you injure yourself. If you had 2-3 reps left in the tank, do you think you would have gotten trapped under that bar? – probably not.