Diets rich in protein increase thermogenesis, spare muscle protein, and improve glycemic control. Consuming protein before or after exercise also increases protein synthesis. Put together, these benefits have the potential to improve body composition. Let’s take a look at whether or not soy protein has a role to play in increasing muscle mass and decreasing body fat.
There are quite a few supplements which claim to reduce muscle damage; creatine is one of them. The implications of this claim is quicker recovery, reduced soreness, and increased performance gains. There has been plenty of research conducted on whether or not creatine supplementation reduces muscle damage.
Caffeine Caffeine is a popular supplement used to improve performance and increase alertness. Americans consume 200-300 milligrams of caffeine per day. As one of the most widely used ingredients in pre-workout supplements, it’s important to verify its efficacy in improving exercise outcomes. What is Caffeine? Caffeine is a substance found naturally in many plants. It’s […]
Creatine and Strength Creatine and strength training go together like (insert your favorite pair). Creatine works by providing additional phosphate groups, making it easier for the body to recycle ADP back into ATP. This should theoretically improve performance in exercises which have high, short-term energy demands. We are lucky in that there is plenty of […]
Branched Chain Amino Acids We’ve come to the end of our series on the effectiveness of BCAAs. Since we started, we’ve gone over potential benefits of supplementation including: strength & aerobic training applications, ability to increase protein synthesis, decrease body fat, improve recovery, and aid in weight loss. The current research on BCAAs shows potential […]
BCAAs and Strength Training In the first post of this series (Introduction to BCAAs), we looked at what BCAAs are, how they work, and some of their potential benefits. One of the areas where BCAAs have the most promise is improving strength. BCAAs can provide the muscle with energy, increase protein synthesis, and decrease muscle […]
What is creatine? Creatine is one of the most popular supplements in the fitness industry. It plays an important role in energy metabolism and supplementation provides many benefits including increased muscle mass, strength, and improved body composition. How does creatine work? When we eat macronutrients, they get converted into adenosine triphosphate or ATP. Muscle tissue uses […]