Vitamin D Replacement Improves Muscle Efficiency
Mar. 18, 2013 — New research shows for the first time a link between vitamin D levels and muscle efficiency. Vitamin D supplementation may also be effective in improving skeletal muscle function. This study is presented today at the Society for Endocrinology annual conference in Harrogate, UK. The findings may explain the physical fatigue commonly experienced by patients with vitamin D deficiency, with broad implications for a large section of society.
Ending the Creatine Confusion
In an effort to gain maximal size, strength, and stamina,many athletes turn to popular ergogenic aids to supplement their training routines. One of the most popular of these supplements is creatine which in its supplemental form has become rather widespread.
Top 3 Ways To Wear Out Your Shoulder
Over the past month at my office, Pinnacle Chiropractic, we have been working with an innovative approach to treating shoulder dysfunction. So far, it’s working with ridiculously amazing results. It’s something we had never really thought of, although the answer had been staring us in the face since our first neurology class. Well, maybe we needed the physiology class, too, but either way, we definitely have a lot more satisfied patients now.
In the course of the last year or two there have been significant changes within the fitness and performance nutrition world; most of which happening through and within the online bodybuilding realm. The culture itself has shifted. The sentiment most commonly shared now is that of a question everything mentality via a scientific approach. Nutritional cornerstones of the bodybuilding world have simply been turned upside down; these challenged concepts have been labeled by many as that of "broscience". Meal timing, carbohydrate sources, overall food sources, glycemic index, optimal macronutrient splits, effectiveness of certain dietary supplements etc have all been recently challenged and debated upon. One of the hottest topics is that of meal timing, which has been turned on its head with the recent popularity of intermittent fasting.
I've heard it time and time again. "Doctor Whyte, I've been fat my whole life and I've only had diabetes for a year, so it can't be related to my weight." Or "My child is big-boned. He'll lose weight once he starts to grow more. There's nothing to worry about." Unfortunately, we have a lot to worry about as we continue to put on the pounds. We're quickly becoming a country of overweight and obese people. Obesity is a real problem in the U.S. because it's making us sick -- literally!
In the late 1970s, only about 15% of American adults aged 20 to 74 and about 5% of kids were obese1. Today, it's up to about a third of adults and 17% of kids and teens2. Another third of folks are overweight. The scary part is that if you are actually at a normal weight, you're part of the minority! That's a big problem. Unfortunately, extra weight brings a whole host of health problems that get worse when we're carrying all those extra pounds . . . and actually get better when we lose weight, supplement correctly and increase our time exercising.
Are Modern Day Bodybuilders Grossly Over-trained?
The benefits of resistance training depend on the manipulation of several variables, including the intensity and frequency of training, as well as the volume of exercise needed to meet the goals of the individual.
The medical condition known as a hernia is very common in the fitness industry. The definition of a hernia is when the contents of any body cavity extend beyond their normal boundaries.
It is common for many hernias to be asymptomatic (producing no symptoms). The main issue with any hernia is stasis. When the body has any contents that can't circulate, this often leads to infection.
All too often we hear people say, "He looked incredible the week before the show, but awful on stage". That's what happens to a lot of bodybuilders who mistime their peak; only to look better a week before the competition or a week after the competition! Getting ready for a show primarily requires that a person systematically strip away as much body fat as possible without shedding valuable muscle mass.