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Proteins

Does soy protein make you stronger?

For a long time, animal sourced protein supplements have been seen as superior to plant based ones. With an increased focused on health, plant proteins are getting a second look. There is plenty of research showing the health benefits of replacing animal proteins with plant options. Even so, many are worried about the possibility plant proteins decrease performance.

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Stimulants

Does caffeine increase strength?

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 […]

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Conditionally Essential Amino Acids

Is glutamine effective in improving performance or enhancing recovery?

Glutamine Glutamine is one of the conditionally essential amino acids1. Under normal circumstances, the body makes enough. In certain instances, such as a critical illness, the body’s requirement exceeds its production capability. In these times, the body needs an external (dietary/supplement) source, to meet its needs2. Amino Acids 101: Essential vs Non-Essential vs Conditionally Essential […]

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Creatine

Does creatine make you stronger?

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 […]

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Creatine

What is creatine?

Creatine is one of the most popular supplements available on the market with sales estimated at $400 million annually. This popularity comes for a good reason; creatine is one of the few supplements that consistently demonstrates its effectiveness in a high number of research articles.

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Essential Amino Acids

The Final Verdict – BCAAs

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 […]

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Essential Amino Acids

Do BCAAs help with strength training?

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 […]

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Creatine

Creatine and Strength

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 […]