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Muscle Up With Creatine


Remove limits to muscle growth.

If there is one supplement that you use consistently, it should be creatine. Study after study confirms that it works to increase muscle size, strength, power and endurance. New research continues to pile in which shows it has many benefits.

Researchers from the Arak University (Iran) reported in a 2010 issue of the Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology that subjects taking creatine while on a eight-week weight lifting program had significantly lower myostatin levels than those taking a placebo. Myostatin is a protein that limits muscle growth. The Iranian researchers concluded that since myostatin levels were lower in the subjects taking creatine, one way that creatine may work to increase muscle size and strength is by reducing myostatin levels. That, in turn would reduce the limitation that this protein places on the muscle growth.


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Increasing Weight Lifted and Stuggling With Chest Growth?


My chest growth has stalled. I’m puzzled because I always add weight from workout to workout. Isn’t consistently adding weight the key to new size?

Gains in size usually accompany gains in strength, but not always. You have to consider the amount of stress placed on the muscle. Powerlifters are incredibly strong, but they do not have the muscle size of a bodybuilder. This is because a powerlifter’s goal is to move weight from point A to B, while a bodybuilder’s goal should be to place a significant amount of stress on the muscle to make it grow in size. Perhaps the problem is not how much weight your lift, but how you lift it. Are you really connecting your mind to the muscle and feeling it through a range of motion? The difficulty could also be a matter of volume or stagnation in your current exercise selection. Sometime changing the tempo of the reps, the angle of the exercises, or the overall volume of the workout can aid growth better than simply moving more weight.


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Lift Away The Pain


Researchers at the University of Alberta studied the effects of weight training and cardio on backaches. Unless you have severely injured your back and the doctor has ordered bed rest, staying active, particularly lifting weights, will help you in recovery. Study participants who weight-trained three times per week decreased their pain by 63% compared to participants who did cardio only and reduced their pain by 6%. Resistance training targets both upper and lower body muscles, whereas cardio targets mainly lower-body muscles. You should continue with some cardio to avoid putting on unwanted bodyfat during recovery from injury, and do whatever strength training exercises you can handle with poundage that will not make your injury worse. You do not want to overdo it to find yourself sidelined and out of the gym indefinitely.