Sickness can be plaguing (pun intended). Being sick cuts away at mood, productivity, and for some, financial status. Nobody likes being sick. You feel gross, out of place in your skin, and sometimes don’t know what to do or how long it will last. Conventional measures and marketing schemes say to reach for the medicine in the cabinet, drink some over-priced and under-dosed liquid from the shop down the street, but often we only feel marginally better. These things, however, only address the issue after you have already been affected by it.
Did you know that injuries are 10x more likely to occur in April than September? Did you also know that 50% of starting pitchers will go on the IL as well as 34% of all relievers? The research may seem extreme and alarming, but the numbers don’t lie. There are multiple reasons as to why this is happening and they all lead to a common theme, a lack of PREPARATION. The primary factor that predicts injury risk in throwers is overuse – making high school kids primarily susceptible.
Exercise is one of the best ways to boost your immune system. There have been a large amount of peer-reviewed research that supports this. The main take home point of these studies is consistency. Irregular exercise is not shown to elicit an immune boosting effect. Thankfully, it doesn’t really matter what type of exercise you partake in.
Testosterone is touted as one of the most influential hormones on body composition and athletic performance. Some people spend thousands of dollars a year on synthetic testosterone products. If this isn’t something you’re interested in doing, I have good news. There are some things you can do, today, for free, that can significantly boost your testosterone.
Protein intake is one of those topics that everyone seems to have a different answer on. It is in my opinion that nobody is intentionally misleading you, but rather they are misleading themselves by misinterpreting the evidence and the research available to us at this time. It is my goal here to give an empirical look at the benefits that increased protein consumption can provide, and why you should be interested in such benefits.
In the morning every minute counts. As much as I love to take it slow in the morning so I’m not stressed, I also prioritize my sleep above most things in life. In order to get the best of both worlds I have found there are some simple tasks that help streamline my mornings so I can start the day calm, while still accomplishing all the things I would like to do.
Life can be busy. When this happens you need to get creative so you don’t sacrifice your hard work in the gym. Many suggest meal-prep, but for some people even this isn’t a foolproof option. Nevertheless, if you have access to a pantry, convenience store, or a grocery store you can create a healthy meal that supports your goals without requiring any cooking or prep.
Women and strength training have had a pretty rocky relationship for quite some time. There are a lot of myths surrounding what is appropriate for women to engage in, and what not to engage in.
Conditioning is vital to the success of any body re-composition and fat-loss program. A well-planned program does it’s best to take everything into account, especially frequency of conditioning sessions. However, sometimes you cannot predict the weather, both literally and metaphorically, and you are forced to adapt your conditioning on the fly.